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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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October 17, 2014
08:00 EDTTWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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October 16, 2014
16:30 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:29 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the countryís largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the marketís recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
10:49 EDTTWXCBS likely to launch Showtime OTT service in 2015, says Piper Jaffray
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10:01 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTTWXMoonves: Showtime standalone service in 'not too distant future,' NY Times says
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08:37 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at Topeka
As previously reported, Topeka upgraded Time Warner to Buy from Hold. The firm upgraded shares citing better than expected guidance targeted at yesterday's analyst day. Price target raised to $90 from $70. Note that BofA/Merrill also upgraded shares today.
08:23 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $85-$90 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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07:49 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:47 EDTTWXTime Warner added to Focus List at JPMorgan
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07:10 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:31 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
October 15, 2014
13:22 EDTTWXEarnings Preview: Netflix falls after HBO announced plans of streaming service
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 93c on revenue of $1.41B. The consensus range is 86c-$1.24 for EPS, and $1.39B-$1.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported second quarter EPS of $1.15 against estimates of $1.16, on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.33B. It reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M and Q2-end total streaming members of 50.05M. The company reports Q2 international streaming net additions of 1.12M and Q2-end members of 13.8M. Netflix gave Q3 EPS guidance of 89c and revenue guidance of $1.22B. It also expects to add 3.69M net additions, with international approaching contribution profitability. Netflix said it can achieve U.S.-like margins in its international business. During its Q2 earnings interview, Netflix said it sees a dip in free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as company expands original content. NEWS: Netflix launched in several countries in the past quarter, including France, Germany, Gelgium Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. It also signed a deal with Weinstein Co. to release a feature film sequel to "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that will be released to a number of IMAX (IMAX) theaters. Netflix signed Judd Apatow to a two-year commitment for an original comedy series, and Adam Sandler to star in four feature films. The company announced a peering deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) for faster streams and direct access. In a recent post on Facebook, CEO Reed Hastings said the company passed Time Warner's HBO in subscriber revenue. HBO, however, announced plans today to launch a standalone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription. STREET RESEARCH: MKM Partners said Netflix's international opportunity is larger than most realize and will eventually be able to provide a global product. The company's price target was raised at RBC Capital due to the opportunities in new European markets, along with favorable survey results in the U.S. and the U.K. Barclays and BTIG upgraded the company, saying international estimates are likely achievable no longer see the stock as underperforming its peers. BTIG expects Netflix's streaming service may reach 100M subscribers worldwide by 2017. Ahead of Q3 earnings, Canaccord said Netflix will likely report in-line results with continued strong subscriber additions and improved international performance. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have fell more than to 3.31% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday mid-day trading ahead of Q3 report, Netflix shares are trading down 2.67%.
12:36 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:26 EDTTWXNetflix obtains streaming licensing rights to 'Friends'
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10:55 EDTTWXHBO to launch standalone online service in 2015
HBO's plans to launch a stand alone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription were announced at Time Warner's (TWX) analyst day meeting. HBO's upcoming service may be viewed as another competitor to Netflix (NFLX).
10:03 EDTTWXTime Warner's Turner unit sees low double-digit operating income CAGR 2013-18
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09:59 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO says has more than sufficient scale, sees doubling EPS
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09:52 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO sees investing more in content over time
Time Warner notes it invested $13.8B in content in 2013. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is speaking at the company's investor day meeting.
09:51 EDTTWXTime Warner sees adjusted EPS $6 by 2016, $8 by 2018
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