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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTCBS, TWX, FOX, FOXA, DIS, CMCSA, CBSOEarnings Preview: CBS shares little changed since Q1 report
CBS (CBS) is set to report second quarter earnings after the market close on Thursday, August 7, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. CBS is a diversified media company that operates entertainment, cable networks, publishing, local broadcasting, and outdoor segments. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for adjusted earnings per share of 72c on revenue of $3.23B, according to Bloomberg. The consensus range for EPS is 68c-76c, on revenue of $3.15B-$3.31B. LAST QUARTER: CBS reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 78c against estimates for 75c on revenue of $3.86B against estimates for $3.92B. CBS also reported a repurchase of $2B or 31.4M shares in Q1. As of March 31, the company had $3.43B of authorization remaining on its share repurchase program. COMPANY NEWS: On June 25, the Supreme court ruled 6-3 in favor of television network owners and against Aereo, which sells a service that allows its subscribers to watch television programs over the Internet at about the same time as the programs are broadcast over the air. A district court previously denied an injunction against Aereo that was sought by television networks and the Second Circuit affirmed, but the Supreme Court ruled that "Because Aereo’s activities are substantially similar to those of the CATV companies that Congress amended the Act to reach, Aereo is not simply an equipment provider." Shares of TV network broadcasters such as Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, 21st Century Fox, the owner of Fox, and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, rose following the news. Reuters reported on July 18 that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said the firm would examine Time Warner's (TWX) CNN if it goes up for sale as part of a merger with Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOX, FOXA). CBS OUTDOOR SPIN-OFF: On July 16, CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO) announced its full separation from CBS through the completion of an exchange offer by CBS Corporation of its 81% ownership of the company’s common stock, and following an initial public offering of 19% of the company’s common stock on March 28. As a result, the company is no longer a subsidiary of CBS Corporation. On July 17, the company began operating as a real estate investment trust and intended to elect and qualify to be taxed as a REIT for the remainder of the fiscal year ending December 31, and for subsequent tax years. The Internal Revenue Service issued a private letter ruling on April 16 with respect to certain issues relevant to the company’s qualification to be taxed as a REIT. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been fairly quiet on CBS during the quarter. Wells Fargo said on June 11 that CBS's split off of CBS Outdoor was 'positive' for both companies and believed the CBS Outdoor REIT conversion process would occur "much earlier" while CBS could announce a 2.75-3.0 times target leverage ratio earlier than anticipated. The firm had Outperform ratings on both stocks. In regards to the Aereo ruling, On June 25, Wells Fargo said the Supreme Court ruling against Aereo is "clearly a positive" for broadcasters. The firm continued to like stocks in the space, particularly CBS due to near-term catalysts and an attractive valuation. Barclays initiated the U.S. media sector with a Neutral rating on July 8 and said that the new distribution platforms could lead to less leverage and market share loss for the industry overall. CBS was given an Equal Weight rating. PRICE ACTION: CBS shares are up 1.89% since the first day of trade following its Q1 report. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q2 report, CBS is down 0.4% to $57.41.
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September 24, 2014
06:59 EDTTWXCNN look to debut more original series in primetime this fall, Variety reports
Time Warner's CNN plans to place a greater emphasis on original series in primetime, anticipating 12 original series in 2015, reports Variety. In a Tuesday lunch meeting with journalists, CNN Worldwide President said the original series is “the source of a lot of conversation at CNN. We have had a lot of success in this area... There are a number of people internally who think we should push more into this arena.” Reference Link
05:57 EDTFOXAStarz hires investment bank to explore sale, WSJ reports
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05:51 EDTFOXAStarz met with 21st Century Fox about takeover, LA Times reports
Starz (STRZA) met with 21st Century Fox (FOXA) on Tuesday to discuss a potential takeover of the cable movie service, Los Angeles Times reports, citing three people familiar with the meeting. No deal may materialize and Fox took the meeting as a courtesy, the paper adds, citing a source. Reference Link
September 23, 2014
11:29 EDTFOXATribune Co. says talks with Fox on Seattle affiliation continue
Tribune Media (TRBAA) and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) have been conducting ongoing discussions regarding Tribune's Fox affiliation in Seattle, KCPQ, Tribune said. "Throughout the course of this dialogue, which is ongoing, a variety of alternatives have been discussed and there is no resolution at this time. Fox has sent to Tribune a notice of termination of the Seattle affiliation agreement effective January 17, 2015. Nonetheless, we are continuing to engage in discussions with Fox and moreover have prepared for all operational and economic possibilities for our Seattle Fox station. We are confident that our remaining thirteen Fox affiliates will remain unaffected based on regulatory and contractual constraints," Tribune reported. KCPQ contributed approximately $13M in EBITDA in FY13 for Tribune.
08:40 EDTTWXTime Warner defends HBO strategy amid Wall Street speculation, LA Times reports
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08:06 EDTCBSCBS near-term volatility will create opportunity, says Wells Fargo
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September 22, 2014
10:31 EDTDISDisney's "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show, Deadline says
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06:44 EDTFOXA, CMCSA, FOX, TWX'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTTWXTime Warner's Warner Bros. struggling, NY Times says
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September 21, 2014
13:37 EDTDISDisney attempts to expand to Indian film market with Khoobsurat release, FT says
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September 19, 2014
06:15 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $89 from $76.69 at Citigroup
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September 18, 2014
06:37 EDTCBSCBS head looks to reduce radio assets within 12 months, Reuters says
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06:36 EDTTWXWarner Bros. could cut up to 1,000 jobs, Variety reports
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September 17, 2014
17:19 EDTCBSCBS CEO says online ads not cannibalizing broadcast TV ads
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16:58 EDTCBSCBS CEO says Ray Rice scandal may have increased ratings
16:51 EDTCBSCBS CEO says could offer similar product to HBO Go in Europe
Les Moonves is speaking at the Bank of America conference.
13:57 EDTTWXTNT obtains network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel films
Turner Network Television, or TNT, a subsidiary of Time Warner, has obtained the network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel Studios films, including "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Captain America 3." Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release. Reference Link
13:08 EDTDISDisney sees digital ownership up 37% year to date
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09:04 EDTTWX, FOXAmericas Media ad growth estimates lowered at Nomura
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06:13 EDTFOX, FOXASky Deutschland tells investors to reject BSkyB offer
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