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February 4, 2014
14:19 EDTTWXEarnings Preview: Time Warner set for Q4 earnings as Time Inc. spin-off looms
Time Warner (TWX) is set to report fourth quarter earnings before the market opens on Wednesday, February 5, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Time Warner, a media and entertainment company, owns HBO, CNN, and Warner Bros., among other properties. Time Warner has announced that it plans to spin off its publishing unit, Time Inc., into a separate, publicly traded company by the second quarter of this year. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.15 on revenue of $8.39B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.12-$1.18 on revenue of $8.21B-$8.66B. With its Q3 earnings release, Time Warner affirmed its FY13 outlook, saying it sees EPS growth in the mid-teens off a base of $3.24. The consensus estimate for FY13 EPS is currently $3.75. On its Q3 earnings conference call, Time Warner said it sees Q4 adjusted EPS flat against the prior year. LAST QUARTER: Time Warner reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.01 against estimates for 89c on revenue of $6.86B against estimates for $6.94B. Time Warner, which announced plans to spin-off of its Time Inc. publishing assets last March, said it expects to complete its divestiture in Q2. A report in Reuters earlier today said Time Inc. plans to restructure its operations, including eliminating 500 positions globally, in preparation of its spin-off. A December report from Capital New York said that CNN CEO Jeff Zucker is planning "massive changes" at the network, including more series and films in lieu of "obvious" news coverage. A Financial Times on January 23 said 40 senior journalists from CNN were let go as part of this reorganization under Zucker. STREET RESEARCH: Wall Street research has been relatively quiet on Time Warner during the quarter. In early December, analysts at Guggenheim downgraded Time Warner to Neutral from Buy, lowering their price target on shares to $73 from $80. Later that same month, Wells Fargo said Time Warner's risk/reward is positive, with the firm saying it does not believe the spin-off of Time Inc. is priced in, saying it sees its $73-$75 price target on shares as conservative. Shares of Time Warner are Outperform rated at Wells Fargo. In a note to investors earlier this month, analysts at Argus said the coming spin-off of Time Inc. could be transformative for Time Warner. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Time Warner, which gained more than 46% in 2013, are down over 10% year-to-date. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q4 report, shares of Time Warner are up 1.1%.
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September 2, 2014
06:34 EDTTWXA+E Networks could buy 10% of Vice Media for $250M, WSJ reports
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August 31, 2014
14:03 EDTTWXSterne Agee to hold a conference
Media IR Day to be held in Boston on September 3.
13:50 EDTTWXNomura to hold a conference
Digital Media Conference 2014 to be held in New York on September 3-4.
August 29, 2014
15:46 EDTTWXDisney jv A&E in talks for Vice Media stake after Time Warner backs out, FT says
A&E Networks, a joint venture owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst Corporation, is nearing a deal to pay $250M for 10% stake in Vice Media after the digital media company and Time Warner (TWX) failed to come to terms on a deal, said Financial Times. 21st Century Fox (FOXA) already owns a 5% stake in Vice. Reference Link
13:15 EDTTWXTime Warner ends talks to buy Vice Media stake, NYT says
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August 25, 2014
17:04 EDTTWXTime Warner to offer buyouts to 4% of cable unit's staff, Reuters says
Time Warner's Turner cable division is set to offer buyouts to from 500 to 600 employees or approximately 4% of its staff, says Reuters. Turner is home to cable networks such as CNN, TNT and the Cartoon Network, added Reuters. Reference Link
August 21, 2014
06:00 EDTTWXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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