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August 6, 2014
13:41 EDTNWSA, FOXA, TWX, FOXEarnings Preview: Fox withdraws Time Warner offer prior to Q4 earnings
21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, August 6, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. 21st Century Fox is a media company that operates the cable, broadcast, and film assets formerly bundled under the News Corp. (NWSA) umbrella. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 38c on revenue of $7.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-41c on revenue of $7.59B-$8.54B. LAST QUARTER: Fox reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 47c on revenue of $8.22B, which compared to estimates for earnings of 35c on revenue of $7.99B, respectively. Fox reported Q3 cable network revenue of $3.15B and filmed entertainment revenue of $2.28B. Fox reported that its Q3 television revenue was $1.59B. COMPANY NEWS: On June 10, Fox said in a filing that president and COO Chase Carey agreed to a two-year contract extension. On June 16, Both Time Warner (TWX) and Fox confirmed an earlier CNBC report that Time Warner rejected an $80B takeover offer from Fox. Time Warner said it turned down Fox's offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the company for a combination of 1.531 of Fox Class A non-voting common shares and $32.42 in cash per share. Time Warner added that its board is confident that continuing to execute its strategic plan will "create significantly more value for the company and its stockholders and is superior to any proposal that Fox is in a position to offer." 21st Century Fox also confirmed that it made a formal proposal to Time Warner, which was rejected, and added that the companies are not currently in any discussions. On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch commented: "We viewed a combination with Time Warner as a unique opportunity to bring together two great companies, each with celebrated content and brands. Our proposal had significant strategic merit and compelling financial rationale and our approach had always been friendly. However, Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling. Additionally, the reaction in our share price since our proposal was made undervalues our stock and makes the transaction unattractive to Fox shareholders. These factors, coupled with our commitment to be both disciplined in our approach to the combination and focused on delivering value for the Fox shareholders, has led us to withdraw our offer." On July 25, Fox announced that it transferred Sky Italia and its 57.4% interest in Sky Deutschland to BSkyB to create a pan-European digital television leader through the combination of these assets. In exchange for the transfer, Fox will receive approximately $9.3B in value from BSkyB comprised of approximately $8.6B in cash and BSkyBís 21% interest in National Geographic Channels International, raising Foxís ownership stake to 73%. In addition, Fox participated in BSkyBís announced equity offering by purchasing approximately $900M of additional shares in BSkyB to maintain the companyís 39.1% ownership interest. The net, after-tax cash proceeds to be received by Fox upon completion of all the elements of this transaction approximated $7.2B. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research had been quiet on Fox during the quarter. On July 1, Goldman Sachs downgraded Fox to Buy from Conviction Buy after cutting its rating on the U.S. Entertainment sector to Neutral from Attractive. Right after the company confirmed its Time Warner takeover offer, ISI Group downgraded Fox to Buy from Strong Buy and removed shares from the Top Picks list following news of its buyout bid for the firm. Cowen downgraded Fox to Market Perform from Outperform on July 23. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q3 report, shares of Fox are roughly unchanged. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, Fox is up more than 4.6%.
News For FOXA;FOX;TWX;NWSA From The Last 14 Days
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June 28, 2015
15:40 EDTTWX, FOXA, 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 25, 2015
15:07 EDTFOXA, FOXBrian Sullivan named president of digital, Fox Networks Group
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08:28 EDTFOXA, FOXFox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes signs new multi-year contract
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June 24, 2015
14:51 EDTFOX, FOXASirius 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, FOXChernin, 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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June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTNWSAHulu 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 21, 2015
19:21 EDTFOXA, FOXFox rejects offers from Vodafone, Vivendi for Sky stake, Telegraph says
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16:21 EDTFOX, FOXA, TWXUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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June 18, 2015
11:45 EDTNWSADow Jones to begin round of job cuts today, NY Times reports
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08:07 EDTNWSANews Corp. announces plans to initiate dividend
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08:00 EDTNWSANews Corp. amends stockholder rights plan
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June 17, 2015
13:28 EDTTWXHBO to make serious run at Bill Simmons, Hollywood Reporter says
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06:20 EDTTWX, FOX, FOXAHulu luring content producers from Netflix, WSJ reports
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June 16, 2015
16:12 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox names James Murdoch as CEO
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06:19 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $96 from $91 at JPMorgan
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