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February 5, 2013
12:27 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Disney sees 'difficult' Q1 comparisons in studio unit
Disney (DIS) is scheduled to report Q1 results after the market close on Tuesday, February 5, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. The Walt Disney Company is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 76c on revenue of $11.21B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 70c-80c on revenue of $10.98B-$11.41B... LAST QUARTER: Disney reported Q4 EPS of 68c against estimates for 68c on revenue of $10.78B against estimates for $10.92B. The company's media networks revenue was $4.88B vs. $4.8B a year ago, while its studio entertainment revenue was $1.4B vs. $1.46B a year ago. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Disney forecast "difficult" Q1 comparisons in its studio unit from home entertainment, and said that at cable, domestic sports rights costs will be $170M higher in Q1 vs. last year. The company also said Q1 parks and resorts results would be impacted by a timing shift. During the quarter, Disney announced plans to shut down Disney Movies online, its Web Movie service, as the site wasn't keeping up with user demands, and also said it would shutter Junction Point Studios. Disney also increased its annual dividend 25% to 75c per share. Disney and Netflix (NFLX) announced a multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run live-action and animated feature films from The Walt Disney Studios. Reuters recently reported that Disney recently started an internal cost cutting review, which could lead to layoffs at its studio and other units... STREET RESEARCH: Stifel Nicolaus expects Disney to benefit from multiple catalysts including a compelling content cycle for its Studio unit and a swing to profitability at its Interactive business. The firm expects Disney's EPS growth to accelerate. B. Riley upgraded Disney to Buy from Neutral on January 23 based on valuation, a strong film slate, higher Theme Park margins and a higher rate card at ESPN... PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Disney shares are up almost 8%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 8%. Ahead of earnings, Disney is up almost 0.5% to $54.14.
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September 2, 2014
07:36 EDTDISDisney wins another weekend with 'Guardians,' LA Times reports
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06:34 EDTDISA+E Networks could buy 10% of Vice Media for $250M, WSJ reports
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August 29, 2014
15:46 EDTDISDisney jv A&E in talks for Vice Media stake after Time Warner backs out, FT says
A&E Networks, a joint venture owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst Corporation, is nearing a deal to pay $250M for 10% stake in Vice Media after the digital media company and Time Warner (TWX) failed to come to terms on a deal, said Financial Times. 21st Century Fox (FOXA) already owns a 5% stake in Vice. Reference Link
August 28, 2014
07:26 EDTDISDisney submits patents for drones for entertainment uses, NY Post says
Disney has filed three patents for entertainment strategies that employ drones, such as the use of unmanned flying vehicles to move giant puppets, according to The New York Post. Reference Link
August 26, 2014
14:45 EDTDISESPN says Verizon signs deal to carry SEC Network
Verizon (VZ) FiOS has signed an agreement to carry the SEC Network and expects to begin airing it prior to Aug. 28, Disney's (DIS) ESPN announced. The deal also includes live viewing rights and additional live and on-demand content scheduled for SEC Network + across other platforms like smartphones, tablets and laptops. In addition, the deal also includes rights for the FiOS Mobile app, which will be available to FiOS customers in the near future. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
09:35 EDTDISNetflix files formal protest against Comcast merger, Engadget reports
Netflix (NFLX) has filed a petition to the FCC against the proposed merger between Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), as the streaming company has previously indicated it would, reported Engadget. Netflix claims the deal would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a merged cable giant would have huge leverage over it and rivals like Hulu, which is a joint venture owned by Comcast itself along with partners Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link

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