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August 6, 2014
13:41 EDTFOXA, FOX, TWX, NWSAEarnings 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 On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner.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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October 16, 2014
07:49 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:47 EDTTWXTime Warner added to Focus List at JPMorgan
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07:10 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:31 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
October 15, 2014
13:22 EDTTWXEarnings Preview: Netflix falls after HBO announced plans of streaming service
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 93c on revenue of $1.41B. The consensus range is 86c-$1.24 for EPS, and $1.39B-$1.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported second quarter EPS of $1.15 against estimates of $1.16, on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.33B. It reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M and Q2-end total streaming members of 50.05M. The company reports Q2 international streaming net additions of 1.12M and Q2-end members of 13.8M. Netflix gave Q3 EPS guidance of 89c and revenue guidance of $1.22B. It also expects to add 3.69M net additions, with international approaching contribution profitability. Netflix said it can achieve U.S.-like margins in its international business. During its Q2 earnings interview, Netflix said it sees a dip in free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as company expands original content. NEWS: Netflix launched in several countries in the past quarter, including France, Germany, Gelgium Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. It also signed a deal with Weinstein Co. to release a feature film sequel to "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that will be released to a number of IMAX (IMAX) theaters. Netflix signed Judd Apatow to a two-year commitment for an original comedy series, and Adam Sandler to star in four feature films. The company announced a peering deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) for faster streams and direct access. In a recent post on Facebook, CEO Reed Hastings said the company passed Time Warner's HBO in subscriber revenue. HBO, however, announced plans today to launch a standalone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription. STREET RESEARCH: MKM Partners said Netflix's international opportunity is larger than most realize and will eventually be able to provide a global product. The company's price target was raised at RBC Capital due to the opportunities in new European markets, along with favorable survey results in the U.S. and the U.K. Barclays and BTIG upgraded the company, saying international estimates are likely achievable no longer see the stock as underperforming its peers. BTIG expects Netflix's streaming service may reach 100M subscribers worldwide by 2017. Ahead of Q3 earnings, Canaccord said Netflix will likely report in-line results with continued strong subscriber additions and improved international performance. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have fell more than to 3.31% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday mid-day trading ahead of Q3 report, Netflix shares are trading down 2.67%.
12:36 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTTWXNetflix obtains streaming licensing rights to 'Friends'
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10:55 EDTTWXHBO to launch standalone online service in 2015
HBO's plans to launch a stand alone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription were announced at Time Warner's (TWX) analyst day meeting. HBO's upcoming service may be viewed as another competitor to Netflix (NFLX).
10:03 EDTTWXTime Warner's Turner unit sees low double-digit operating income CAGR 2013-18
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09:59 EDTTWX, FOX, FOXATime Warner CEO says has more than sufficient scale, sees doubling EPS
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09:52 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO sees investing more in content over time
Time Warner notes it invested $13.8B in content in 2013. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is speaking at the company's investor day meeting.
09:51 EDTTWXTime Warner sees adjusted EPS $6 by 2016, $8 by 2018
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07:58 EDTFOXARentrak deal with Fox affirms strategy, says Brean Capital
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTFOXA, FOX21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTFOXANielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
08:05 EDTFOX, FOXA21st Century Fox, Apollo Global agree to form content joint venture
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08:03 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox, Apollo Global form content joint venture
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07:04 EDTTWXAmazon in talks to join digital locker for movies. WSJ reports
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06:42 EDTFOXA, TWXTime Warner CEO to be questioned on growth plans, NY Post reports
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05:18 EDTTWXTime Warner to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held on October 15 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
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