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February 6, 2013
12:55 EDTNWSAEarnings Preview: News Corp. trades higher ahead of publishing spin-off
News Corp. (NWSA) is scheduled to report Q2 earnings after the market closes on Wednesday, February 6, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. News Corp. is a global media company that operates the Fox News and Fox Sports channels, Fox Filmed Entertainment which includes Twentieth Century Fox, and publishes the Wall Street Journal, among other media, entertainment, and publishing interests... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 42c on revenues of $9.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-45c on revenue of $9.15B-$9.5B... LAST QUARTER: News Corp. reported Q1 adjusted EPS of 43c against estimates for 38c on revenue of $8.14B against estimates for $8.26B. On its Q1 conference call, News Corp. said results continue to be driven by its cable channels business. The company also said it is targeting $3B-$4B per year in stock repurchases. In December, News Corp. announced its intention to split into two publicly traded companies, with Robert Thomson to be named CEO of News Corporation, which will include the company's publishing interests, while Rupert Murdoch will serve as CEO of Fox Group, which will include the company's media and entertainment interests... STREET RESEARCH: Analyst commentary since News Corp.'s Q1 earnings has been positive, with shares most recently upgraded on January 28 to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with a $32 price target. Morgan Stanley also added News Corp. to its Best Ideas list, citing opportunities for growth following the publishing spin-off, which is expected by the middle of this year. Earlier in January, Bernstein upgraded shares to Market Perform from Outperform. The day after its Q1 report, CLSA upgraded shares to Buy from Outperform... PRICE ACTION: Shares of News Corp. are up over 16%, since the first day of trading following its Q1 report, but are down 0.4% in midday trading ahead of this afternoon's Q2 report.
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08:59 EDTNWSANews Corp. sees Move, Inc. deal 'modestly accretive' in short term
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08:52 EDTNWSANews Corp. sees Move, Inc. deal to close in 2Q15
News Corp (NWSA) believes Move, Inc. (MOVE) is in a unique position and holds an important role for the company to expand in the digital real estate industry. Says this is the most significant acquisition the company has made since launching as a separate company last summer. Says this acquisition allows the company to stay committed to returning capital to shareholders. Says believes that Move Inc.'s strategy is different that that of Trulia (TRLA) and Zillow (Z). Says expects that the transaction will be very modestly EPS valued in the short term. News Corp continues to expect to generate positive cash flow regardless of the acquisition. Says Move, Inc. will improve and enhance the core media assets of News Corp. Comments made during a conference call discussing News Corp's acquisition of Move, Inc.
06:34 EDTNWSANews Corp to acquire Move, Inc. for $21 per share, or approximately $950M
News Corp and Move, Inc. announced that News Corp has agreed to acquire Move. REA Group Limited, which is 61.6% owned by News Corp and is the operator of Australian residential property website, realestate.com.au, plans to hold a 20% stake in Move with 80% held by News Corp. Under the acquisition agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the board of Move, News Corp will acquire all the outstanding shares of Move for $21 per share, or approximately $950M, via an all-cash tender offer. This represents a premium of 37% over Move’s closing stock price on September 29, 2014. REA’s share will be acquired for approximately $200M. News Corp intends to commence a tender offer for all of the shares of common stock of Move within 10 business days, followed by a merger to acquire any untendered shares. News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson said, "In addition to boosting Move’s subscription, advertising and software services, this acquisition will give News Corp a significant marketing platform for our media assets, which will benefit from the high-quality geographic data generated by real estate searches. We certainly expect this deal to amount to far more than the sum of the parts.” For the year ended December 31, 2013, Move reported $227M in revenues, and $29M in adjusted EBITDA5, and generated the highest revenue per unique user in the industry. Move will become an operating business of News Corp and remain headquartered in San Jose, California.
06:32 EDTNWSANews Corp to acquire Move, Inc. for $21 per share, or approximately $950M
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September 25, 2014
09:00 EDTNWSAGoogle responds to News Corp. criticism in blog post
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