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The Walt Disney Company Reports Second Quarter Earnings

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Walt Disney Company Reports Second Quarter Earnings16:15 EDT Tuesday, May 08, 2012 BURBANK, Calif. (Business Wire) -- The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter and six months ended March 31, 2012. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the second quarter increased 29% to $0.63 from $0.49 in the prior-year quarter. EPS for the current quarter included a gain related to an acquisition and restructuring and impairment charges, which together resulted in a net $0.05 benefit to EPS. Excluding these items, EPS for the quarter increased 18% to $0.58 compared to $0.49 in the prior-year quarter. Diluted EPS for the six-months ended March 31, 2012 was $1.43 compared to $1.16 in the prior-year period. “With 18% adjusted growth in earnings per share, we're pleased with our second quarter performance,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney Chairman and CEO. “We're incredibly optimistic about our future, given the strength of our core brands, Disney, Pixar, Marvel, ESPN, and ABC, and our extraordinary ability to grow franchises across our businesses, such as The Avengers, which shattered domestic box office records with a $207.1 million opening weekend for a global performance of more than $702 million to date.” The following table summarizes the second quarter and six-month results for fiscal 2012 and 2011 (in millions, except per share amounts):   Quarter Ended           Six Months Ended       March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change Revenues $ 9,629 $ 9,077 6 % $ 20,408 $ 19,793 3 % Segment operating income (1) $ 1,945 $ 1,773 10 % $ 4,389 $ 3,981 10 % Net income (2) $ 1,143 $ 942 21 % $ 2,607 $ 2,244 16 % Diluted EPS (2) $ 0.63 $ 0.49 29 % $ 1.43 $ 1.16 23 % Cash provided by operations $ 1,812 $ 1,949 (7 ) % $ 3,546 $ 3,068 16 % Free cash flow (1) $ 335 $ 1,317 (75 ) % $ 1,435 $ 1,223 17 % (1) Aggregate segment operating income and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures. See the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures below.(2) Reflects amounts attributable to shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, i.e. after deduction of noncontrolling (minority) interests. EPS for the current quarter includes restructuring and impairment charges totaling $38 million and a $184 million non-cash gain on the Company's existing equity investment in UTV Software Communication Limited (UTV) which arose in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in UTV. The UTV gain was recorded in “Other Income” in the Consolidated Statements of Income. EPS for the prior-year six months included gains on the sales of Miramax and BASS ($75 million) and restructuring and impairment charges ($12 million). On an after-tax basis, these items had a net negative impact on EPS of $0.01. Excluding these items and the current year items discussed above, EPS for the six-month period increased 18% to $1.38 compared to $1.17 in the prior-year period. SEGMENT RESULTS The following table summarizes the second quarter and six-month segment operating results for fiscal 2012 and 2011 (in millions):   Quarter Ended           Six Months Ended     March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change Revenues: Media Networks $ 4,692 $ 4,322 9 % $ 9,471 $ 8,967 6 % Parks and Resorts 2,899 2,630 10 % 6,054 5,498 10 % Studio Entertainment 1,180 1,340 (12 ) % 2,798 3,272 (14 ) % Consumer Products 679 626 8 % 1,627 1,548 5 % Interactive Media   179     159   13 %   458     508   (10 ) % $ 9,629   $ 9,077   6 % $ 20,408   $ 19,793   3 % Segment operating income (loss): Media Networks $ 1,729 $ 1,524 13 % $ 2,922 $ 2,590 13 % Parks and Resorts 222 145 53 % 775 613 26 % Studio Entertainment (84 ) 77 nm   329 452 (27 ) % Consumer Products 148 142 4 % 461 454 2 % Interactive Media   (70 )   (115 ) 39 %   (98 )   (128 ) 23 % $ 1,945   $ 1,773   10 % $ 4,389   $ 3,981   10 % Media Networks Media Networks revenues for the quarter increased 9% to $4.7 billion and segment operating income increased 13% to $1.7 billion. The following table provides further detail of the Media Networks results (in millions):   Quarter Ended           Six Months Ended     March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change Revenues: Cable Networks $ 3,167 $ 2,826 12 % $ 6,476 $ 5,894 10 % Broadcasting   1,525     1,496   2 %   2,995     3,073   (3 ) % $ 4,692   $ 4,322   9 % $ 9,471   $ 8,967   6 %   Segment operating income: Cable Networks $ 1,500 $ 1,357 11 % $ 2,467 $ 2,128 16 % Broadcasting   229     167   37 %   455     462   (2 ) % $ 1,729   $ 1,524   13 % $ 2,922   $ 2,590   13 %   Cable Networks Operating income at Cable Networks increased $143 million to $1.5 billion for the quarter due to growth at ESPN and, to a lesser extent, at the domestic Disney Channels. The increase at ESPN was driven by higher affiliate and advertising revenue partially offset by higher programming and production costs. The increase in affiliate revenue was due to contractual rate increases and a reduction in revenue deferrals related to annual program commitments. During the quarter, ESPN deferred $190 million of revenue compared to $262 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease was due to a change in the provisions related to annual programming commitments in an affiliate contract. Advertising revenue growth was due to higher rates and a shift in the timing of Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and NBA games relative to our fiscal period end. Higher programming and production costs were driven by the shift in the timing of college bowl and NBA games and higher contractual rates for college basketball programming. Higher operating income at the domestic Disney Channels was primarily due to increased affiliate revenue from contractual rate increases and higher sales of Disney Channel programs. Broadcasting Operating income at Broadcasting increased $62 million to $229 million due to lower programming and production costs and higher advertising revenue. Lower programming and production costs were due to the absence of costs for The Oprah Winfrey Show at the owned television stations and decreased daytime and news production costs at the ABC Television Network. Higher advertising revenues were due to increased primetime rates at the ABC Television Network partially offset by a decrease at the owned television stations. Parks and Resorts Parks and Resorts revenues for the quarter increased 10% to $2.9 billion and segment operating income increased 53% to $222 million. Results for the quarter were driven by increases at our domestic parks and resorts, Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, partially offset by a decrease at Disneyland Paris. Higher operating income at our domestic parks and resorts was driven by increased guest spending and attendance, partially offset by increased costs. Increased guest spending reflected higher average ticket prices, daily hotel room rates and food, beverage and merchandise spending. Higher costs were driven by labor cost inflation, resort expansion and new guest offerings, volume-related cost increases, and increased investments in systems infrastructure. The increase at Tokyo Disney Resort reflected the loss of income in the prior-year quarter from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which resulted in a temporary suspension of operations, and the collection of related business interruption insurance proceeds in the current-year quarter. The increase at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was due to higher guest spending and attendance. The decrease at Disneyland Paris was due to lower attendance and labor cost inflation. Studio Entertainment Studio Entertainment revenues decreased 12% to $1.2 billion and segment operating income decreased $161 million to a loss of $84 million. The decline in operating income was primarily due to lower worldwide theatrical results reflecting the performance of John Carter in the current quarter along with the related film cost write-down. Other titles in the current quarter include The Muppets and Beauty and the Beast 3D while the prior year included Tangled, Tron: Legacy and Mars Needs Moms. Consumer Products Consumer Products revenues increased 8% to $679 million and segment operating income increased 4% to $148 million. Higher operating income was primarily due to an increase at Merchandise Licensing partially offset by lower results at our retail business. The increase at Merchandise Licensing was primarily due to higher minimum guarantee shortfall recognition in the current quarter and earned revenue growth driven by the performance of Minnie, Mickey, The Avengers and Princess merchandise. The decrease at our retail business was due to a decline in our North American business driven by decreased margins due to higher promotions. Interactive Media Interactive Media revenues for the quarter increased 13% to $179 million and segment operating results improved by $45 million to a loss of $70 million. Operating results were driven by an increase at our games business reflecting improved results from social and console games. Social game results were driven by lower acquisition accounting impacts which had a higher adverse impact on the prior-year quarter and improved title performance in the current quarter. Improved console game results were primarily due to lower product development costs, partially offset by a decline in console game sales, which reflected fewer titles in release in the current year. Lower product development costs reflected our ongoing shift from console games to social and other interactive platforms. OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATIONOther Income On February 2, 2012 the Company increased its percentage ownership in UTV Software Communications Limited (UTV) from 50% to 93% through a delisting process governed by Indian law. In connection with the acquisition, the Company recorded a $184 million non-cash gain to adjust the book value of its existing interest in UTV to the estimated fair value. Net Interest Expense Net interest expense was as follows (in millions):     Quarter Ended March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Interest expense $ (126 ) $ (111 ) Interest and investment income   31     28   Net interest expense $ (95 ) $ (83 ) The increase in interest expense for the quarter was driven by higher average debt balances, partially offset by lower effective interest rates. Income Taxes The effective income tax rate for the current quarter decreased to 34.6% compared to 35.6% in the prior-year quarter primarily due to an increase in earnings from foreign operations subject to tax at rates lower than the federal statutory income tax rate. Noncontrolling Interests Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests increased from $68 million to $83 million due to improved operating results at ESPN and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort partially offset by lower performance at Disneyland Paris. Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is determined based on income after royalties, financing costs and income taxes. Cash Flow Cash provided by operations and free cash flow were as follows (in millions):   Six Months Ended     March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change Cash provided by operations $ 3,546 $ 3,068 $ 478 Investments in parks, resorts andother property   (2,111 )   (1,845 )   (266 ) Free cash flow (1) $ 1,435   $ 1,223   $ 212   (1) Free cash flow is not a financial measure defined by GAAP. See the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures that follows below. Cash provided by operations increased 16% to $3.5 billion for the current six month period compared to $3.1 billion in the prior-year six month period. The increase was due to higher segment operating results and the timing of receivable collections, partially offset by increased television production and programming spending and higher income tax payments. Capital Expenditures and Depreciation Expense Investments in parks, resorts and other property were as follows (in millions):   Six Months Ended March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Media Networks Cable Networks $ 55 $ 33 Broadcasting   24   55 Total Media Networks   79   88 Parks and Resorts Domestic 1,445 1,381 International   310   165 Total Parks and Resorts   1,755   1,546 Studio Entertainment 33 57 Consumer Products 26 37 Interactive Media 10 12 Corporate   208   105 Total investments in parks, resorts and other property $ 2,111 $ 1,845 Capital expenditures increased from $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion driven by an increase at Parks and Resorts, due to resort expansion and new guest offerings at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris and construction costs at Shanghai Disney Resort, and an increase at Corporate driven by investments in facilities and information technology infrastructure. Depreciation expense was as follows (in millions):   Six Months Ended March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Media Networks Cable Networks $ 71 $ 65 Broadcasting   48   51 Total Media Networks   119   116 Parks and Resorts Domestic 457 409 International   157   158 Total Parks and Resorts   614   567 Studio Entertainment 26 30 Consumer Products 27 25 Interactive Media 8 9 Corporate   91   74 Total depreciation expense $ 885 $ 821 Borrowings Total borrowings and net borrowings are detailed below (in millions):   March 31, 2012     October 1,2011     Change Current portion of borrowings $ 3,447 $ 3,055 $ 392 Long-term borrowings   12,582     10,922     1,660   Total borrowings 16,029 13,977 2,052 Less: cash and cash equivalents   (3,731 )   (3,185 )   (546 ) Net borrowings (1) $ 12,298   $ 10,792   $ 1,506   (1) Net borrowings is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures that follows. The total borrowings shown above include $2,153 million and $2,311 million attributable to our consolidated international theme parks as of March 31, 2012 and October 1, 2011, respectively. Cash and cash equivalents attributable to our consolidated international theme parks totaled $634 million and $778 million as of March 31, 2012 and October 1, 2011, respectively. Non-GAAP Financial Measures This earnings release presents earnings per share excluding the impact of certain items, net borrowings, free cash flow, and aggregate segment operating income, all of which are important financial measures for the Company but are not financial measures defined by GAAP. These measures should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant GAAP financial measures and are not presented as alternative measures of earnings per share, borrowings, cash flow or net income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Net borrowings, free cash flow, and aggregate segment operating income as we have calculated them may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Earnings per share excluding certain items – The Company uses earnings per share excluding certain items to evaluate the performance of the Company's operations exclusive of certain items that impact the comparability of results from period to period. The Company believes that information about earnings per share exclusive of these impacts is useful to investors, particularly where the impact of the excluded items is significant in relation to reported earnings, because the measure allows for comparability between periods of the operating performance of the Company's business and allows investors to evaluate the impact of these items separately from the impact of the operations of the business. The following table reconciles reported earnings per share to earnings per share excluding certain items:   Quarter Ended         Six Months Ended     March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Change Diluted EPS as reported $ 0.63 $ 0.49 29   % $ 1.43 $ 1.16 23   % Exclude: Restructuring and impairment charges (1) 0.01 − nm 0.02 (0.01 ) nm Other income (2)   (0.06 )   −   nm   (0.06 )   0.02   nm Diluted EPS excluding certain items (3) $ 0.58   $ 0.49   18 % $ 1.38   $ 1.17   18 % (1) Restructuring and impairment charges for the current quarter and six months were $38 million and $44 million, respectively, primarily for severance and other costs. Restructuring and impairment charges for the prior-year six months were $12 million and consist of a $9 million impairment charge related to the sale of assets and severance and other costs that were recorded in the first quarter of the prior year. The impairment charge included assets that had tax basis significantly in excess of the book value and resulted in a $31 million tax benefit on the restructuring and impairment charges. (2) Other income for the current quarter and six-months consists of the UTV Gain ($184 million). Other income for the prior-year six months consists of gains on the sales of Miramax and BASS ($75 million) in the first quarter. The tax effect on these gains exceeded the pretax benefit and resulted in a $32 million after tax loss. (3) Diluted EPS excluding certain items may not equal the sum of the column due to rounding. Net borrowings – The Company believes that information about net borrowings provides investors with a useful perspective on our financial condition. Net borrowings reflect the subtraction of cash and cash equivalents from total borrowings. Since we earn interest income on our cash balances that offsets a portion of the interest expense we pay on our borrowings, net borrowings can be used as a measure to gauge net interest expense. In addition, a portion of our cash and cash equivalents is available to repay outstanding indebtedness when the indebtedness matures or when other circumstances arise. However, we may not immediately apply cash and cash equivalents to the reduction of debt, nor do we expect that we would use all of our available cash and cash equivalents to repay debt in the ordinary course of business. Free cash flow – The Company uses free cash flow (cash provided by operations less investments in parks, resorts and other property), among other measures, to evaluate the ability of its operations to generate cash that is available for purposes other than capital expenditures. Management believes that information about free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available to service debt, make strategic acquisitions and investments and pay dividends or repurchase shares. Aggregate segment operating income – The Company evaluates the performance of its operating segments based on segment operating income, and management uses aggregate segment operating income as a measure of the performance of operating businesses separate from non-operating factors. The Company believes that information about aggregate segment operating income assists investors by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of the Company's portfolio of businesses separate from non-operational factors that affect net income, thus providing separate insight into both operations and the other factors that affect reported results. A reconciliation of segment operating income to net income is as follows (in millions):   Quarter Ended     Six Months Ended March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 Segment operating income $ 1,945 $ 1,773 $ 4,389 $ 3,981 Corporate and unallocated shared expenses (120 ) (122 ) (227 ) (234 ) Restructuring and impairment charges (38 ) − (44 ) (12 ) Other income 184 − 184 75 Net interest expense   (95 )   (83 )   (185 )   (178 ) Income before income taxes 1,876 1,568 4,117 3,632 Income taxes   (650 )   (558 )   (1,370 )   (1,288 ) Net income $ 1,226   $ 1,010   $ 2,747   $ 2,344     CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION In conjunction with this release, The Walt Disney Company will host a conference call today, May 8, 2012, at 5:00 PM EST/2:00 PM PST via a live Webcast. To access the Webcast go to www.disney.com/investors. The discussion will be available via replay through May 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM EST/4:00 PM PST. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Management believes certain statements in this earnings release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Management does not undertake any obligation to update these statements. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from actions taken by the Company, including restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions), as well as from developments beyond the Company's control, including: changes in domestic and global economic conditions, competitive conditions and consumer preferences adverse weather conditions or natural disasters; health concerns; international, political, or military developments; and technological developments. Such developments may affect travel and leisure businesses generally and may, among other things, affect: the performance of the Company's theatrical and home entertainment releases; the advertising market for broadcast and cable television programming; expenses of providing medical and pension benefits; demand for our products; and performance of some or all company businesses either directly or through their impact on those who distribute our products. Additional factors are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 1, 2011 under Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and subsequent reports. The Walt Disney Company CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited; in millions, except per share data)       Quarter Ended Six Months Ended March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011   Revenues $ 9,629 $ 9,077 $ 20,408 $ 19,793   Costs and expenses (7,942 ) (7,549 ) (16,529 ) (16,325 )   Restructuring and impairment charges (38 ) − (44 ) (12 )   Other income 184 − 184 75   Net interest expense (95 ) (83 ) (185 ) (178 )   Equity in the income of investees   138     123     283     279     Income before income taxes 1,876 1,568 4,117 3,632   Income taxes   (650 )   (558 )   (1,370 )   (1,288 )   Net income 1,226 1,010 2,747 2,344   Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (83 ) (68 ) (140 ) (100 )                         Net income attributable to The Walt Disney Company (Disney) $ 1,143   $ 942   $ 2,607   $ 2,244     Earnings per share attributable to Disney: Diluted $ 0.63   $ 0.49   $ 1.43   $ 1.16     Basic $ 0.64   $ 0.50   $ 1.45   $ 1.18     Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding: Diluted   1,818     1,934     1,821     1,930     Basic   1,793     1,899     1,795     1,895     The Walt Disney Company CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited; in millions, except per share data)       March 31,2012 October 1, 2011 ASSETS Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,731 $ 3,185 Receivables 6,283 6,182 Inventories 1,503 1,595 Television costs 964 674 Deferred income taxes 1,468 1,487 Other current assets   588     634   Total current assets 14,537 13,757 Film and television costs 4,595 4,357 Investments 2,484 2,435 Parks, resorts and other property, at cost Attractions, buildings and equipment 36,922 35,515 Accumulated depreciation   (20,173 )   (19,572 ) 16,749 15,943 Projects in progress 2,923 2,625 Land   1,170     1,127   Total parks, resorts and other property, at cost 20,842 19,695 Intangible assets, net 5,142 5,121 Goodwill 25,113 24,145 Other assets   2,520     2,614   $ 75,233   $ 72,124     LIABILITIES AND EQUITY Current liabilities Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities $ 5,908 $ 6,362 Current portion of borrowings 3,447 3,055 Unearned royalties and other advances   3,369     2,671   Total current liabilities 12,724 12,088 Borrowings 12,582 10,922 Deferred income taxes 3,206 2,866 Other long-term liabilities 6,809 6,795 Commitments and contingencies Disney Shareholders' equity Preferred stock, $.01 par value Authorized – 100 million shares, Issued – none — — Common stock, $.01 par value Authorized – 4.6 billion shares, Issued – 2.8 billion shares 30,948 30,296 Retained earnings 39,907 38,375 Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (2,481 )   (2,630 ) 68,374 66,041 Treasury stock, at cost, 982.5 million shares at March 31, 2012 and 937.8 million shares at October 1, 2011   (30,325 )   (28,656 ) Total Disney Shareholders' equity 38,049 37,385 Noncontrolling interests   1,863     2,068   Total equity   39,912     39,453   $ 75,233   $ 72,124     The Walt Disney Company CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (unaudited; in millions)   Six Months Ended March 31, 2012     April 2, 2011 OPERATING ACTIVITIES Net income $ 2,747 $ 2,344 Depreciation and amortization 973 903 Gains on acquisitions and dispositions (184 ) (75 ) Deferred income taxes 236 195 Equity in the income of investees (283 ) (279 ) Cash distributions received from equity investees 315 295 Net change in film and television costs (496 ) (184 ) Equity-based compensation 208 212 Other 16 (42 ) Changes in operating assets and liabilities: Receivables 188 (21 ) Inventories 70 (30 ) Other assets 67 28 Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities 60 2 Income taxes   (371 )   (280 ) Cash provided by operations   3,546     3,068     INVESTING ACTIVITIES Investments in parks, resorts and other property (2,111 ) (1,845 ) Proceeds from dispositions 15 566 Acquisitions (726 ) (171 ) Other   41     (106 ) Cash used in investing activities   (2,781 )   (1,556 )   FINANCING ACTIVITIES Commercial paper borrowings, net 290 470 Borrowings 3,159 -- Reduction of borrowings (1,545 ) (73 ) Dividends (1,076 ) (756 ) Repurchases of common stock (1,669 ) (1,602 ) Proceeds from exercise of stock options 524 1,018 Other   91     (264 ) Cash used by financing activities   (226 )   (1,207 )   Impact of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents   7     67     Increase in cash and cash equivalents 546 372 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   3,185     2,722   Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 3,731   $ 3,094   The Walt Disney CompanyZenia MuchaCorporate Communications818-560-5300orKathryn KranholdCorporate Communications818-560-8306orLowell SingerInvestor Relations818-560-6601