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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 On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner.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 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%.
News For FOXA;FOX;TWX;NWSA From The Last 14 Days
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May 28, 2015
10:02 EDTFOXSandvine: Netflix accounts for 36.5% of peak Internet traffic, Variety reports
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09:20 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed debt offering
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07:23 EDTFOX, FOXABig four networks aim to own more of their programs, WSJ reports
The percentage of shows that the big four television networks own or have a stake in has risen in recent years as owning shows has become a priority due to lucrative rerun and cross platform rights, said The Wall Street Journal. Walt Disney’s (DIS) ABC will own or have a stake in almost 70% of its coming schedule, compared with 48% in 2010, while Fox (FOXA), CBS (CBS) and Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBC will also own or have stakes in the majority of their lineups' shows, the report noted. Reference Link
May 27, 2015
09:40 EDTTWXHBO may consider discounted prepaid plans, Cut Cable Today reports
Time Warner's HBO may consider discounted prepaid plans in the future, reports Cut Cable Today. Citing a HBO customer satisfaction survey, HBO asked, “If these offers were available to you for one-time only, how likely would you be to take advantage of each in the next three months?” Participants were then presented with four different potential discounts. Reference Link
May 25, 2015
12:50 EDTTWX, FOX, FOXADisney's 'Tomorrowland' leads U.S. weekend box office with $32.2M
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May 19, 2015
06:29 EDTFOX21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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May 18, 2015
17:26 EDTFOXA, FOXValueAct reports 5.5% stake in 21st Century Fox Class B shares
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07:27 EDTFOXAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTTWXUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
May 15, 2015
11:08 EDTFOXAOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
May 14, 2015
10:47 EDTTWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says has seen ratings erosion at TNT, TBS
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10:43 EDTTWXTurner Broadcasting CEO says 'bullish' time for Turner
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09:09 EDTFOXSTAR India says media sector in India poised for accelerated growth
As India is also on track to beat China to become the fastest growth economy in FY15, the company expects media sector poised for accelerated growth in the next 5 years in India. Cites a narrowing trade deficit and inflation at a 5-year low. TV growth is also expected to outpace industry in the next six years. In distribution, Star India 80M households is expected to be added in the next two years. Says India's ad market has head room for high growth. STAR India is owned by 21st Century Fox. Comments made by STAR India CEO Uday Shankar at the MoffettNhathanson Media & Communications Summit.

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