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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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November 20, 2015
11:45 EDTTWXBox Office Battle: 'Hunger Games' finale expected to top box office
Lions Gate's (LGF) "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2," the final movie based on the dystopian young adult novels, is opening this weekend at 4,175 theaters and is expecting a domestic gross in the range of $120M-$127M. Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh said in a note to investors on November 18 that he expects the film to open domestically in the $130M range, above where it is tracking, due to limited competition and the addition of IMAX (IMAX) screens. Piper maintained its Overweight rating and $45 price target on Lions Gate shares at that time. "The Hunger Games" main competition is "Spectre" and "The Peanuts Movie," both of which are in their third weekend of release. Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is expected to earn another $15.2M-$16.8M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film, starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is predicted to earn an additional $12.5M-$13.2M. In other box office news, the Wall Street Journal reported that Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which hits theaters on December 18, has had record-breaking pre-sales. Fandango said the film has already sold more tickets than any other movie before its release, which is still four weeks away, and IMAX said the movie has "doubled" its prior pre-sales record of about $9M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner (TWX), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
November 18, 2015
17:44 EDTTWXTCS Capital reports 10.9% stake in Central European Media, urges sale of company
In a regulatory filing reporting its position in the company, TCS Capital stated it delivered a letter on November 18 to Central European Media's (CETV) chairman and board of directors urging the hiring of a financial adviser to explore a sale of the company. In the letter, TCS expressed concern about the "poor performance" of the company's stock price, which it believes is "directly tied to Time Warner's (TWX) dominant position as both the largest debt and equity holder" of Central European.
November 17, 2015
09:14 EDTTWXDolby, VUDU to release Warner Bros. titles for Dolby Vision
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08:56 EDTTWXTime Warner announces proposed debt offering
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTTWXPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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15:53 EDTTWXJANA Partners reduces stakes in Rackspace, Qualcomm
JANA Partners gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Mattel (MAT), Zoetis (ZTS), and Aramark (ARMK). INCREASED STAKES: ConAgra Foods (CAG). DECREASED STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Qualcomm (QCOM), Time Warner (TWX), Starz (STRZA), and Lions Gate (LGF). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Johnson Controls (JCI), Precision Castparts (PCP), AerCap Holdings (AER), United Rentals (URI), and HD Supply Holdings (HDS).
November 15, 2015
17:09 EDTTWX'Spectre' stays uncatchable while Christmas-themed 'Coopers' outperforms
"Spectre" and "The Peanuts" remained in first and second place, respectively, at the domestic box office while Christmas comedy "Love The Coopers" topped expectations heading into the holiday period. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" grossed $35.4M in the U.S. for the weekend of November 15, falling roughly 50% from its $73M domestic open. Globally speaking, the latest James Bond film has pulled in $543.8M in just its second week at the box office. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" earned $24.2M, as Charlie Brown and friends fell somewhat short of analyst expectations for $28.7M. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's (LGF) Christmas-themed comedy "Love The Coopers" debuted at $8.4M, beating estimates of $5.2M-$8M despite harsh reviews. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Fox's "The Martian" with $6.7M and newcomer "The 33" at $5.8M. Analyst expectations ranged $5.5M-$10M for the disaster survival drama from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros.
November 13, 2015
11:38 EDTTWXBox Office Battle: 'Spectre,' 'The Peanuts Movie' expected to remain on top
Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is again expected to top the box office in its second weekend at theaters, with an estimated domestic gross in the $30.3M-$32.4M range. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film "The Peanuts Movie," starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is again likely to come in second, predicted to earn an additional $28.7M. Newcomer "The 33," a drama retelling the true story of the Chilean miners that were trapped underground in 2010, is expected to open between $5.5M-$10M in 2,400 theaters. "The 33" is being distributed in North America by Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros. Pictures, and in Latin America by Fox's 20th Century Fox. Holiday dramedy "Love the Coopers," starring John Goodman and Diane Keaton, is estimated to open in the $5.2M-$8M range. "Love the Coopers" is being released in 2,603 theaters by Lionsgate (LGF) and CBS's (CBS) CBS Films. Fox's "The Martian," which opened on October 2, is predicted to earn an additional $6M-$6.8M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Disney (DIS), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
November 12, 2015
18:32 EDTTWXHulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner, WSJ says
Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Fox (FOX, FOXA), is in talks to sell a stake in the company to Time Warner (TWX) that would value the service at more than $5B, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. The potential deal would see Time Warner becoming an equal stakeholder alongside the aforementioned companies, with Disney, Comcast, and Fox each reducing their stakes 25% from roughly 33%, said the report. The news comes as Hulu and other players in the media space aim to compete with Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), said the Journal. Reference Link
17:21 EDTTWXNetflix down 1% after DJ reports Hulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner
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15:51 EDTTWXHulu in talks to sell stake to Time Warner, DJ says
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07:03 EDTTWXLiberty Media announces plan to recapitalize into three tracking stock groups
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November 11, 2015
18:50 EDTTWXTime Warner, Comcast expand investments in virtual reality, WSJ says
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November 10, 2015
15:10 EDTTWXT-Mobile confirms unlimited streaming initiative 'Binge On'
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14:59 EDTTWXT-Mobile introduces unlimited video streaming
During Tuesday's Uncarrier X press event, T-Mobile (TMUS) announced "Binge On," a new initiative allowing its customers to stream video without impacting their monthly data caps. The feature will support 24 video services at launch, including Netflix (NFLX), Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and Hulu, a joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK). Reference Link

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