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August 6, 2014
13:41 EDTFOX, NWSA, FOXA, TWXEarnings 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 On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner.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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November 25, 2014
06:22 EDTTWXHBO, Tencent sign deal to distribute dramas, movies online in China, WSJ reports
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November 24, 2014
08:40 EDTNWSADiscovery, News Corp. jv to make joint bid for Ten Network, SMH reports
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06:17 EDTNWSA, FOX, FOXAJetBlue announces partnerships for Fly-Fi Hub
JetBlue (JBLU) is partnering with content providers Coursera, FOX (FOX, FOXA), HarperCollins Publishers, National Geographic, Rouxbe and Time Inc. (TIME) to offer customers more free content than any other U.S carrier in the sky. The Fly-Fi Hub is the new gateway to JetBlue's Fly-Fi offering, the fastest Wi-Fi in the sky, and went live this morning. Available to JetBlue customers via their own personal device, it will offer a wide range of entertainment options such as some of the most popular TV shows from FOX and National Geographic, ebook samples from HarperCollins, e-learning videos from Coursera and Rouxbe and the option to purchase magazines from Time Inc.'s portfolio. In the next phase of JetBlue's Fly-Fi Hub, due to roll out 1Q15, additional content from PBS, Random House and the Wall Street Journal (NWSA, NWS) will be added.
November 21, 2014
12:22 EDTTWXTurner, DISH restore channel service, extend carriage
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09:27 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox shares set to rise, says Sterne Agee
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November 20, 2014
10:10 EDTNWSASoutheastern selling down stake in News Corp., Australian says
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07:42 EDTFOXA, TWXStudios looking abroad for opportunity in TV licensing, WSJ reports
For U.S. television studios, such as Time Warnerís (TWX) Warner Bros., licensing shows abroad, which was once a small side business, has become a much-needed source of growth and is increasingly needed to make shows profitable, reported The Wall Street Journal. In addition to Time Warner, CBS Corp. (CBS), Sony (SNE) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) also see huge promise from international TV distribution, the report noted. Reference Link
November 18, 2014
09:10 EDTNWSASoutheastern leads challenge to News Corp. voting structure, FT says
Southeastern Asset Management, which now controls 12.7% of News Corpís voting stock, is at odds with Rupert Murdochís family over the company's dual-class share structure that gives Murdoch an outsized amount of the voting power, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
November 17, 2014
15:43 EDTNWSAGabelli liquidates stake in Move, Inc.
Gabelli's most recent stake, as reported on November 3, was 8.84%. As a result of the completion of the acquisition of the company by News Corp. (NWSA), Gabelli no longer has beneficial ownership of any of its shares.
06:33 EDTTWXWarner Bros. wins 'Hobbit' royalties fight against Weinsteins, WSJ reports
Time Warner's Warner Bros. has prevailed over the Weinstein brothers in a $75M-plus lawsuit over the royalties for the second and third "Hobbit" films, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
08:29 EDTNWSANews Corp completes acquisition of Move, Inc
News Corp announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Move, Inc. Move is a provider of online real estate services and operates a network of sites, including realtor.com, the official website for the National Association of Realtors. The previously announced tender offer by a subsidiary of News Corp for all of the outstanding shares of Move common stock at a price of $21.00 per share expired as scheduled at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on November 13, 2014. Excluding shares tendered by notice of guaranteed delivery, a total of approximately 34,299,586 shares were validly tendered into and not withdrawn from the tender offer, representing, together with the shares owned by News Corp and its subsidiaries, approximately 83.1% of Moveís outstanding shares. As a result, News Corp, through its subsidiary, has accepted for payment and will promptly pay for all such validly tendered shares pursuant to the terms of the tender offer. Following its acceptance of the tendered shares, News Corp completed the acquisition by causing the merger of its subsidiary with and into Move without a vote of Moveís stockholders, pursuant to Section 251(h) of the Delaware General Corporation Law. Upon completion of the merger, Move became an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of News Corp. As a result of the merger and in accordance with the terms of the merger agreement, all eligible Move shares not tendered into the tender offer were cancelled and converted into the right to receive $21.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, the same price per share offered in the tender offer. As a result of the acquisition, Move shares ceased to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market. REA Group Limited, in which News Corp owns a 61.6% interest, has entered into a definitive agreement with News Corp to acquire a 20% stake in Move. The transaction is expected to be completed on November 17.
November 13, 2014
06:27 EDTNWSADow Jones to end German, Turkish services, Sunday inserts, WSJ reports
Dow Jones, a unit of News Corp, will eliminate certain local-language news products in Germany and Turkey, The Wall Street Journal Radio Network and The Sunday Journal, leading to the reduction of 50-60 jobs, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. In a staff memo, Dow Jones CEO William Lewis explained that "It will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals." Reference Link
06:17 EDTFOXASony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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