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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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April 16, 2014
06:58 EDTTWXFormer Sony chairman to take place on Time Inc's board, NY Post says
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April 10, 2014
11:35 EDTTWXCNN to use 9pm for original series, documentaries, Variety reports
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April 8, 2014
08:51 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed $1.4B financing by Time Inc
Time Warner Inc. and Time Inc. announced that, in connection with Time Warner Inc.’s previously announced intention to separate Time Inc. from Time Warner Inc., Time Inc. plans to raise an aggregate $1.4B of debt through an offering of unsecured senior notes and by entering into a secured term loan facility. Time Warner Inc. will not be a guarantor or otherwise provide credit support for the notes or the term loan facility. Time Inc. intends to use the expected net proceeds from this financing to fund the acquisition of Time Inc.’s U.K. publishing business, which is currently owned by a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. Time Inc. intends to use the remaining expected net proceeds from this financing to pay a special cash dividend to Time Warner Inc.
06:27 EDTTWXMajor movie studios file lawsuit against Megaupload, Engadget reports
The MPAA announced that major movie studios have filed a civil lawsuit against filesharing site megaupload two years after federal investigators shut down the website and filed criminal charges against its founder, reports Engadget. The lawsiut targets the site's Uploader Rewards program with the claim that the business model was "designed to encourage theft." Reference Link
April 7, 2014
08:05 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO Go again suffers connection issues, Re/code says
Just a month after Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes promised his pay TV channel HBO Go would be improving its technology after the season finale of “True Detective” was plagued by outages, many users tuning in for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones” received error messages, Re/code reports. Reference Link

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