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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 8, 2014
11:57 EDTCBSCBS confirms James Corden as host of "The Late Late Show"
The CBS Television Network announced that James Corden will be the new host of THE LATE LATE SHOW. Corden – a multi-faceted performer, host, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy – will take the reins of the daily late night show in 2015. He is a Tony Award-winning performer on Broadway, a BAFTA-winning star of a UK television series, a feature film actor with two releases this year, and an acclaimed host, writer and producer in several genres of television.
11:07 EDTCBSCBS picks James Corden for "Late Late Show," Variety reports
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06:59 EDTCMCSATWC workers to split $416M if Comcast deal falls through, Reuters says
In order to keep employees from leaving while federal regulators mull the final agreement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) workers will split $416M if the company's merger deal with Comcast (CMCSA) does not transpire, according to Reuters, citing a proxy statement. Reference Link
06:20 EDTCMCSADiscovery: Comcast-TWC merger gives unfair advantage, NY Post reports
Discovery (DISCA) said Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) could give the combined company an unfair advantage over programmers, reports the New York Post. Discovery said the the company would have an advantage in carriage negotiations and in the advertising realms by refusing to share set-top-box data with programmers. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
09:18 EDTDISDISH debuts ESPN Fantasy Football app
As the NFL kicks off its 2014 season, DISH (DISH) is adding an ESPN Fantasy Football app that delivers fantasy stats directly to customers’ TV screens. ESPN is owned by Disney (DIS).
06:41 EDTCMCSAFCC head says agency to promote high speed Internet choices, NY Times reports
Stating that fewer than 25% of American homes have access to more than one high speed Internet provider, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would look to promote additional choices in the sector, according to The New York Times. High speed Internet providers include Comcast (CMCSA), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
06:05 EDTFOXA, TWXWarner Bros. to eliminate jobs 'at every level' acros studio, Deadline reports
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06:01 EDTDISESPN head doesn't see people using Google for big sports events, Re/code reports
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September 3, 2014
16:20 EDTDISChesapeake Lodging to acquire JW Marriott property and sell Courtyard Anaheim
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13:35 EDTCMCSAComcast and Nascar reach 10-year series entitlement agreement
NASCAR and Comcast announced an agreement that will make Comcast’s XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024. Beginning January 1, 2015, the property will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
11:18 EDTCMCSACharter, Comcast say SpinCo to be called GreatLand Connections
Charter Communications (CHTR) and Comcast Corporation (CMCSA, CMCSK) announced the name of the new cable company that will be spun off from Comcast upon completion of the Comcast – Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the Comcast – Charter transactions. The company referred to as "SpinCo" or "Midwest Cable LLC" will be known as GreatLand Connections Inc.
10:47 EDTCMCSAOpco sees DISH trying to buy T-Mobile for $40/share
Oppenheimer earlier today said it sees DISH (DISH) trying to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) for $40 per share, and that there is a 20% chance a deal could be announced ahead of the September 10 FCC-mandated quiet period. Opco does not believe DISH can successfully partner with Sprint (S) or T-Moblile (TMUS), leaving buying T-Mobile or selling spectrum as its primary options. The firm expects additional wireless consolidation within the next year, and lists the most likely outcomes as a T-Mobile/DISH merger or T-Mobile/Comcast (CMCSA) merger.
07:18 EDTTWXTime Warner pursues Sony exec for Turner post, NY Post says
Time Warner's (TWX) Turner Broadcasting is pursuing Sony Pictures TV (SNE) executive Zack Van Amburg to become the unit's new entertainment chief after the departure of Steve Koonin, said the New York Post, citing sources. Reference Link
06:56 EDTTWXWarner Bros. aiming for worker buyouts to up profit, Bloomberg says
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06:03 EDTDISDISH plans to call upcoming internet TV service Nutv, GigaOM reports
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05:29 EDTTWXNetflix announces Gotham to be released exclusively on Netflix
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September 2, 2014
19:59 EDTTWXTime Warner said to plan buyout offers to boost profit, Bloomberg reports
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07:47 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox risk/reward positive, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that 21st Century Fox's stock can climb 30% if the company meets its EBITDA target of $8.1B. If the company misses the target by $300M, the stock may only drop 3%, estimated the firm, which keeps a $46 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
07:36 EDTDISDisney wins another weekend with 'Guardians,' LA Times reports
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06:34 EDTTWX, DISA+E Networks could buy 10% of Vice Media for $250M, WSJ reports
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