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February 6, 2013
10:49 EDTNWSA, DWADreamWorks Animation sinks after postponing film release
Shares of DreamWorks Animation (DWA) are falling after the company announced last night that it would delay the U.S. release of its film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, until March 7, 2014. The film had previously been scheduled to be released on November 1, 2013. The company said that it made the decision based on advice from the film's distributor, News Corp's (NWSA) Twentieth Century Fox. Meanwhile, additional work will be performed on another film, Me & My Shadow, which was scheduled to be released in March 2014, DreamWorks added. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh responded to the news by downgrading DreamWorks' stock to Neutral from Overweight. The delay in the release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman leaves the company with only two films this year rather than three as previously planned, and will highlight the weaker than expected performance of another DreamWorks film, The Croods, wrote Marsh. The analyst placed an $18 price target on the shares, which fell $1, or 6%, to $16.41 in mid-morning trading.
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March 2, 2015
07:51 EDTNWSANews Corp likely to rehire Rebekah Brooks to lead digital efforts, NY Times says
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February 27, 2015
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February 26, 2015
14:06 EDTNWSANY Daily News hires Lazard to explore sale, Buzzfeed reports
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12:00 EDTDWADreamWorks management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTDWAAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
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09:08 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:26 EDTDWADreamWorks could struggle to meet 2015 outlook, says FBR Capital
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07:01 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation addresses liquidity issues, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes DreamWorks Animation took "specific and decisive" actions to abate any liquidity concerns with the sale of the company's Glendale real estate and the expansion of its credit facility. Piper says that while 2015 is a transition year with only one feature film release, it is "increasingly bullish" about the prospects for DreamWorks in 2016. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $26 price target following the company's Q4 results.
February 24, 2015
18:15 EDTDWAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:15 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation reports Q4 EPS ($3.08), consensus ($3.01)
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15:15 EDTNWSAZillow granted temporary order to keep ListHub listings on Trulia, Inman reports
Zillow Group (Z) has been granted a temporary restraining order to continue receiving listings from ListHub, which is owned by a News Corp. (NWSA) subsidiary, reported real estate industry publication Inman, citing a statement from Trulia president Paul Levine. In a statement, ListHub owner Move Inc. said, “We look forward to another ‘liberating moment’ for Zillow on March 12, when we will have the opportunity to make our full case in court. In the meantime, we are happy to continue supplying the industry’s best data.” Reference Link
February 23, 2015
14:54 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
DreamWorks Animation March call option implied volatility is at 58, April is at 51, June is at 49; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 24.
February 20, 2015
14:36 EDTNWSAZillow sues to maintain ListHub listings on Trulia, GeekWire reports
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