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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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December 16, 2014
08:29 EDTTWXComcast to launch online live stream of NBC, WSJ reports
Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is launching a live stream of its broadcast network online today and plans for it to be available on mobile platforms early next year, but NBC does not plan to sell a separate online version without requiring a pay-TV subscription, unlike peers CBS (CBS) and Time Warner’s (TWX) HBO, said The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:36 EDTTWXAmazon says HBO GO now available on Fire TV
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December 12, 2014
06:17 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO talks potential mergers in media space, NY Post reports
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes discussed the potential of a merger with CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA) at yesterday's DealBook conference, New York Post reports. Bewkes said, "They may want to be a merger partner for somebody or maybe even for themselves."Reference Link
December 11, 2014
07:49 EDTTWXThe New York Times to hold a conference
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December 10, 2014
06:03 EDTTWXHBO plans to launch web-only service in April, Fortune reports
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05:59 EDTTWXHBO CTO Berkes to exit cable network, Variety reports
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December 9, 2014
15:03 EDTTWXDiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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13:53 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO: Bundle will continue to be dominant
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07:32 EDTTWXUBS to hold a conference
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06:48 EDTTWXAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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December 8, 2014
10:00 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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