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October 23, 2012
07:19 EDTVIAViacom worst days are behind it, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital doesn't expect Viacom to report significantly lower than expected results in coming years and the firm thinks the stock's valuation is attractive. It raised its target on the stock to $62 from $54 and maintains an Outperform rating.
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July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTVIAEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
July 23, 2015
05:59 EDTVIAEU sends Statement of Objections to Sky, U.S. film studios
The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Sky UK (SKYAY) and six major U.S. film studios: Disney (DIS), NBCUniversal (CMCSA), Paramount Pictures (VIA), Sony (SNE), Twentieth Century Fox (FOXA) and Warner Bros (TWX). The Commission takes the preliminary view that each of the six studios and Sky UK have bilaterally agreed to put in place contractual restrictions that prevent Sky UK from allowing EU consumers located elsewhere to access, via satellite or online, pay-TV services available in the UK and Ireland. Without these restrictions, Sky UK would be free to decide on commercial grounds whether to sell its pay-TV services to such consumers requesting access to its services, taking into account the regulatory framework including, as regards online pay-TV services, the relevant national copyright laws. If the Commission's preliminary position were to be confirmed, each of the companies would have breached EU competition rules prohibiting anti-competitive agreements. The sending of a Statement of Objections does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. These antitrust investigations focus on contractual restrictions on passive sales outside the licensed territory in agreements between studios and broadcasters.
July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTVIAFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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July 17, 2015
15:17 EDTVIAViacom discussing possible purchase of Thrillist Media, Re/code says
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July 16, 2015
10:00 EDTVIAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:30 EDTVIAViacom upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi
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