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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 On August 5, however, Fox announced that it has withdrawn its proposal to acquire Time Warner.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%.
News For FOXA;FOX;TWX;NWSA From The Last 14 Days
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September 22, 2014
06:44 EDTTWX, FOXA, FOX'The Maze Runner' leads weekend box office sales with $32.5M, WSJ reports
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06:41 EDTTWXTime Warner's Warner Bros. struggling, NY Times says
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September 19, 2014
10:07 EDTNWSAHigh option volume stocks
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06:15 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $89 from $76.69 at Citigroup
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September 18, 2014
06:36 EDTTWXWarner Bros. could cut up to 1,000 jobs, Variety reports
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September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTNWSANews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
13:57 EDTTWXTNT obtains network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel films
Turner Network Television, or TNT, a subsidiary of Time Warner, has obtained the network television premiere rights to five upcoming Marvel Studios films, including "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and "Captain America 3." Each of the five films is tentatively scheduled to premiere on TNT a little over two years after its theatrical release. Reference Link
09:04 EDTTWX, FOXAmericas Media ad growth estimates lowered at Nomura
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06:13 EDTFOXA, FOXSky Deutschland tells investors to reject BSkyB offer
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September 15, 2014
07:29 EDTTWXSony's 'No Good Deed' tops weekend box office, WSJ reports
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September 12, 2014
11:13 EDTFOXA, FOXLiberty Global says no 'big' transactions on horizon
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06:56 EDTFOX, FOXAEU approves BSkyB $9B pay-TV agreements in Germany, Italy, Reuters says
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September 11, 2014
11:10 EDTFOXA, TWX, FOXFox COO Carey says company has 'moved on' from Time Warner, THR reports
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06:17 EDTFOXA, FOX, TWXTime Warner not planning HBO IPO, comments on Fox, NY Post reports
Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference that the company is not planning an IPO or tracking stock for HBO, the New York Post reports. Bewkes also commented that the company took 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) takeover offer "very seriously," but it was determined that the integration process would be such a "large undertaking" that shareholders of both companies "would be exposed to incredible and unnecessary risks." Reference Link
September 10, 2014
11:04 EDTNWSANews Corp says can not predict future of advertising in U.S., UK
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07:36 EDTFOXAFox loses round in fight with TVEyes, Hollywood Reporter says
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07:31 EDTTWXGoldman to hold a conference
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September 9, 2014
07:28 EDTTWX, FOXA, FOXFOX pursues reality TV joint venture agreement, Hollywood Reporter says
21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) president and COO Chase Carey said that the company doesn't want to pursue Time Warner (TWX) again or look for another large deal, but the firm is aiming to finalize an agreement to create a reality television joint venture agreement comprised of Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media in the future, according to Hollywood Reporter, citing comments from Carey. Reference Link

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