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August 6, 2014
13:41 EDTTWX, FOX, NWSA, FOXAEarnings 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 On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner.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 BSkyB’s 21% interest in National Geographic Channels International, raising Fox’s ownership stake to 73%. In addition, Fox participated in BSkyB’s announced equity offering by purchasing approximately $900M of additional shares in BSkyB to maintain the company’s 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%.
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April 24, 2015
06:50 EDTFOXADisney, Fox refuse to run FiOS commercials, NY Times says
Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) are refusing to run commercials for Verizon (VZ) FiOS' slimmed down, a la carte package on a number of their stations, according to The New York Times. Disney, Fox and Comcast (CMCSA) have objected to FiOS' new offering, the news service stated. Reference Link
April 23, 2015
19:41 EDTTWXCablevision announces 'cord cutter package,' includes option for HBO Now
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April 22, 2015
16:27 EDTTWXMattel, Warner Bros. & DC Entertainment announce partnership
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April 21, 2015
18:53 EDTFOX, FOXAFox, NBC say Verizon cable packages violate license terms, Washington Post says
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06:47 EDTFOXATalal a big backer of Fox's James Murdoch, Reuters says
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns a 6.6% stake in Twenty-First Century Fox, says he "really loves" James Murdoch, the son of the company's octogenarian CEO, Rupert Murdoch. James understands the digital world and is ready to take on a much bigger role at the company, the news service quoted the prince as saying. The prince's support may be setting the stage for James Murdoch to take day-to-day control of the company "sooner rather than later," Reuters stated. Reference Link
April 20, 2015
08:15 EDTTWXIMAX and Warner Bros. announce multi-picture agreement
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April 19, 2015
15:24 EDTFOXA, FOXComcast's 'Furious 7' leads U.S. weekend box office with $29.1M
For the weekend of April 19, Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Furious 7" topped domestic box office charts at $29.1M. Sony's (SNE) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" landed in second place with $24M for the weekend while Universal's "Unfriended" came in third with $16M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" and "The Longest Ride" took fourth and fifth place at $10.3M and $6.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
April 14, 2015
06:30 EDTTWXTwitter threatens Periscope users who illegally streamed 'GoT,' Mashable says
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06:20 EDTNWSAAmazon, HarperCollins reach agreement on publishing pact, WSJ reports
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April 13, 2015
11:56 EDTTWXMedia companies look to back away from Nielsen guarantees for ads, Variety says
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07:22 EDTFOXAWave of media M&A may be on the way, WSJ says
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06:24 EDTTWXTime Warner tries to win over TV providers in cord-cutter pitch, WSJ says
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April 12, 2015
15:58 EDTTWX, FOXA, FOXComcast's 'Furious 7' maintains lead at weekend box office with $60.6M
Rentrak announced the official domestic weekend box office estimates for the weekend of April 12, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services. Universal's (CMCSA) "Furious 7" topped the domestic weekend box office with $60M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" came in second place at the box office with $19M; 21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Longest Ride" came in third place with with $13.5M; Warner Bros.' (TWX) "Get Hard" came in fourth place with with $8.6M and Disney's (DIS) "Cinderella" came in fifth place with $7.2M.
14:34 EDTTWXSeason 5 ‘Game of Thrones’ episodes leaked ahead of premiere, Variety says
Nearly a full day before HBO’s (TWX) scheduled April 12 premiere of “Game of Thrones,” the first four episodes of HBO's popular fantasy series appeared up on piracy networks late Saturday, said Variety. “Sadly, it seems the leaked four episodes of the upcoming season of ‘Game of Thrones’ originated from within a group approved by HBO to receive them,” HBO said. “We’re actively assessing how this breach occurred.” Reference Link

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