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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.
News For DIS From The Last 14 Days
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June 30, 2015
14:01 EDTDISDisney names Christine McCarthy CFO, Kevin Mayer Chief Strategy Officer
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June 29, 2015
14:21 EDTDISDisney announces realignment of Consumer Products, Interactive divisions
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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 EDTDISUniversal'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
09:08 EDTDISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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June 24, 2015
16:20 EDTDISDisney plans semi-annual dividend, says raising dividend 15% annually
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08:25 EDTDISNetflix 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 EDTDISHulu 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
June 22, 2015
13:19 EDTDISMarvel Entertainment wins patent dispute over Spider-Man toy, Variety says
The Supreme Court sided with Disney 's Marvel Entertainment in a case involving a patent on a toy owned by Stephen Kimble that shoots web from pressurized foam string, says Variety. The Court would not overrule precedent and ruled in favor of Marvel Entertainment that a patentee cannot continue to receive royalties for a patent after it expires, added Variety. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTDISRealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTDISUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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June 18, 2015
08:23 EDTDISDisney cancels plans to outsource tech jobs, L.A. Times reports
Disney (DIS) is canceling plans to replace employees in 30 technology positions with workers hired from Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH), an agency that outsources jobs to immigrants mostly from India on temporary work visas, the L.A. Times reports. Disney employees in New York, New York and Burbank, California were first made aware of the layoffs in late May, and recently some of the employees were asked to help train their own successors, sometimes in person but mostly via teleconference, the report says. Disney has not offered many details on the reasons for its decision to reverse layoff plans, the L.A. Times says. Reference Link
June 17, 2015
13:28 EDTDISHBO to make serious run at Bill Simmons, Hollywood Reporter says
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06:20 EDTDISHulu luring content producers from Netflix, WSJ reports
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