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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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March 4, 2015
15:17 EDTTWXHBO in talks to have Apple TV on board for HBO Now launch, IBT says
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15:14 EDTTWXTime Warner in talks for Apple to be HBO Now launch partner, CNBC says
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07:21 EDTTWXMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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March 3, 2015
12:36 EDTTWXHBO GO to debut on PlayStation 4 today
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March 2, 2015
12:40 EDTTWXTime Warner's 'Focus' takes top box office spot with $19.1M, CBS News says
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February 26, 2015
10:15 EDTTWXTime Warner calls active on speculation of a large investor stake
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10:01 EDTTWXRumor: Time Warner active on speculation of a large investor stake
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February 25, 2015
11:47 EDTTWXAnalysts clash on DreamWorks following Q4 miss
The shares of animated film and television show maker DreamWorks (DWA) are rising, despite the weaker than expected results reported by the company last night. Two analysts offered very different views on the company's outlook following its results. BACKGROUND: DreamWorks last night reported a fourth quarter per share loss of ($3.08), versus analysts' consensus outlook for a ($3.01) per share loss. The company's revenue also came in below expectations. Excluding $210M in pre-tax charges associated with DreamWorks' restructuring plan, its loss was (75c) per share, the company stated. BEARISH TAKE: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that DreamWorks' results were "ugly," as they included $155M of write-offs on films and TV shows. However, Crockett believes that the crucial factor for the company's outlook is whether it can consistently compete with the entertainment giants, including Disney (DIS), Viacom (VIA), and Time Warner (TWX). Crockett is not convinced that DreamWorks will be able to hold its own, and he believes that its 2015 results could come in below expectations. The analyst warned that the company may have difficulty meeting its 2015 consumer products revenue guidance. DreamWorks expects its consumer products revenue to double this year, but the movie-based toy space is "very competitive" in 2015, as toys based on multiple popular children's films are set to be released, Crockett stated. Moreover, after conducting checks online, Crockett reports that there does not seem to be a great deal of interest in DreamWorks' movie "Home," which is set to be released on March 27. He kept an Underperform rating on the shares and raised his price target on the stock to $14 from $12. BULLISH TAKE: DreamWorks' results were mixed, but the results are not very important, Piper Jaffray analyst James Marsh stated. The company's guidance for its TV and consumer products businesses were solid, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company "took specific and decisive action" to avert a liquidity crunch, Marsh wrote. Specifically, DreamWorks raised $185M of capital by selling its real estate in Glendale, California and then leasing it back, and increased the size of its current credit facility to $450M from $400M, Marsh reported. The moves should "largely" eliminate investors' worries about the company's liquidity position, Marsh stated. He kept a $26 price target and Overweight rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On DreamWorks' earnings conference call last night, the company's CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that it did not obtain more than 10% of its revenue from Netflix (NFLX) last year. However, in an SEC filing earlier this morning, DreamWorks clarified that it had obtained 14.9% of its revenue from Netflix last year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, DreamWorks rose 5.6% to $22.31.
February 24, 2015
06:10 EDTTWXSalem Media Group, CNN to team up for three GOP presidential primary debates
February 23, 2015
11:35 EDTTWXAmazon picks Benson to head advertising for original TV series, Variety says
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07:38 EDTTWXComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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February 19, 2015
08:15 EDTTWXWarner Bros. exec says not in talks with Apple on streaming, Re/code reports
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07:25 EDTTWXCable nets speed up shows to add more ads, WSJ says
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