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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTFOX, DIS, TWX, CBSO, FOXA, CBS, CMCSAEarnings 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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July 1, 2015
07:03 EDTCMCSAComcast attractive during market uncertainty, say Brean Capital
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June 30, 2015
14:01 EDTDISDisney names Christine McCarthy CFO, Kevin Mayer Chief Strategy Officer
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07:15 EDTCMCSAExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a discussion
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June 29, 2015
14:21 EDTDISDisney announces realignment of Consumer Products, Interactive divisions
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14:11 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal ending relationship with Donald Trump, LA Times reports
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06:00 EDTDISDisney's outgoing CFO to stay on as advisor, Deadline Hollywood reports
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June 28, 2015
15:40 EDTFOXA, DIS, TWX, CMCSA, FOXUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $54.2M
For the weekend of June 28, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Jurassic World" topped domestic box office charts at $54.2M. Disney's (DIS) "Inside Out" landed in second place with $52.1M, while Universal's "Ted 2" came in third with $32.9M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Max" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Spy" took fourth and fifth place at $12.2M and $7.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
June 26, 2015
08:28 EDTDISDisney considers $1B Disneyland expansion in tax deal with Anaheim
The city of Anaheim, California said it is expected to consider an entertainment tax policy for the Disneyland Resort at its July 7 meeting as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts evaluates a significant investment in its existing operations in the Anaheim Resort. Disney is evaluating the addition of new attractions to drive attendance with a potential investment that could be valued at $1B. If Disney decides to move forward, it would have until December 31, 2024, to complete its investment under the proposed agreement. The expansion under consideration requires no City funding or bond financing. The resolution going before the Council extends a nearly 20-year agreement with Disney regarding entertainment tax policy.
June 25, 2015
15:07 EDTFOX, FOXABrian Sullivan named president of digital, Fox Networks Group
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09:08 EDTDISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:28 EDTFOX, FOXAFox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes signs new multi-year contract
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June 24, 2015
19:53 EDTCMCSAComcast to offer EA games over cable box, DSLReports says
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16:20 EDTDISDisney plans semi-annual dividend, says raising dividend 15% annually
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14:51 EDTFOXA, FOXSirius XM, Fox News announce partnership on new channel
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14:46 EDTTWXHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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13:58 EDTFOXA, FOX, CMCSAChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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12:27 EDTTWXHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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08:25 EDTDIS, CMCSA, CBSNetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
07:43 EDTDISDisney not investing $250M to DraftKings, Re/code reports
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June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTDIS, CMCSA, CBSHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
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