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Viacom Reports Results For Third Quarter 2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

Viacom Reports Results For Third Quarter 201207:00 EDT Friday, August 03, 2012NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fiscal Year 2012 ResultsQuarter EndedNine Months EndedJune 30,B/(W)June 30,B/(W)2012 vs.2012 vs.(in millions, except per share amounts)201220112011201220112011Revenues$3,241$3,766(14)%$10,524$10,861(3)%Operating income903981(8)2,8512,7813Adjusted operating income*903995(9)2,8512,7952Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom523574(9)1,7021,5708Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom*512583(12)1,6381,633-Diluted EPS from continuing operations0.990.9723.132.6219Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations*$0.97$0.99(2)%$3.01$2.7211%* Adjusted measures referenced in this release are detailed in the Supplemental Disclosures at the end of this release.Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter, which ended June 30, 2012.  Revenues decreased 14% to $3.24 billion, driven primarily by the mix of Filmed Entertainment titles and lower advertising revenues.  Adjusted operating income was $903 million in the quarter, down 9%, reflecting the overall decline in revenues, partially offset by lower expenses. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom declined 12% in the quarter to $512 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations decreased 2% to $0.97 per diluted share.(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110811/NY51392LOGO )The comparison with 2011 was impacted by the fact that Viacom's 2011 third quarter included substantial timing benefits from major films and television event programming, as well as digital distribution agreements.Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman of Viacom, said, "We continue to develop outstanding creative content on every platform while efficiently executing Viacom's strategy.  We are confident that Viacom's unrivaled portfolio of powerful brands will continue to grow and evolve over the long term as we entertain and inspire new audiences around the world every day."Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, "Despite challenging year-on-year comparisons with last year's strong third quarter, Viacom remains committed to pursuing its long-term strategy of international expansion, continued programming investment and ongoing focus on operational discipline.  Viacom continues to bring cultural powerhouses to fans around the world, and we are aggressively investing in our brands to create new hits, like Workaholics and Legend of Korra, now the most watched kid's program on cable in the quarter.  Paramount also continued to strengthen its platform by aligning its slate to provide upcoming releases with the best possible opportunity to succeed in the global marketplace."Looking forward, we will continue to operate efficiently to maintain our competitive and creative edge, and over time, return significant value to shareholders." RevenuesQuarter EndedNine Months EndedJune 30,B/(W)June 30,B/(W)2012 vs.2012 vs.(in millions)201220112011201220112011Media Networks$2,266$2,391(5)%$6,904$6,8531%Filmed Entertainment1,0061,407(29)3,7334,130(10)Eliminations(31)(32)NM(113)(122)NM       Total revenues$3,241$3,766(14)%$10,524$10,861(3)%NM - Not MeaningfulQuarterly revenues of $3.24 billion decreased from $3.77 billion in the prior year.  Media Networks revenue declined 5% to $2.27 billion, driven by lower advertising and ancillary revenues.  Domestic advertising revenues decreased 7%, impacted by the timing of event-driven programming compared with the prior year's quarter.  Worldwide advertising revenues decreased 9% in the quarter.  Domestic affiliate revenues decreased 1%, reflecting the significance of digital affiliate revenues in the same quarter last year.  Excluding the impact of digital distribution arrangements, our domestic affiliate revenue growth rate was in the high-single digits.  Worldwide affiliate fees increased 1%.Filmed Entertainment revenues were down 29% to $1.01 billion.  Worldwide theatrical revenues decreased 52% in the quarter to $283 million, reflecting the number and mix of our current quarter releases.  During the quarter, Paramount released three films, DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, The Dictator and Titanic 3D.  In the comparable period of 2011, Paramount released four films: DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 2, Marvel's Thor, Super 8 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.  Worldwide home entertainment revenues declined 8% in the quarter, driven by the mix of available titles, and worldwide television license fees decreased 24% reflecting both the number and mix of titles.  Worldwide ancillary revenues increased 44% to $104 million in the quarter, driven by higher digital revenues. Operating Income Quarter EndedNine Months EndedJune 30,B/(W)June 30,B/(W)2012 vs.2012 vs.(in millions)201220112011201220112011Media Networks$934$1,033(10)%$2,956$2,8902%Filmed Entertainment4649(6)130156(17)Corporate expenses(43)(58)26(144)(160)10Equity-based compensation(35)(30)(17)(92)(93)1Eliminations11NM12NMAdjusted operating income$903$995(9)$2,851$2,7952Restructuring -(14)NM-(14)NMOperating income$903$981(8)%$2,851$2,7813%NM - Not MeaningfulAdjusted operating income decreased 9% to $903 million in the quarter.  Media Networks adjusted operating income declined $99 million, reflecting lower overall revenues, partially offset by a decrease in expenses.  Filmed Entertainment adjusted operating income decreased $3 million, reflecting the revenue decline, substantially offset by lower expenses.  Corporate expenses decreased $15 million, principally reflecting lower variable compensation costs.  Quarterly adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom decreased $71 million, or 12%, in the quarter ended June 30, 2012, principally due to the decline in adjusted operating income.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the quarter were $0.97, a decrease of $0.02 from the prior year's comparable quarter.  Stock Repurchase ProgramFor the quarter ended June 30, 2012, Viacom repurchased 14.8 million shares under its stock repurchase program, for an aggregate purchase price of $700 million. As of August 2, 2012, Viacom had $5.18 billion remaining in its $10 billion stock repurchase program.  Debt At June 30, 2012, total debt outstanding, including capital lease obligations, was $8.16 billion, compared with $7.37 billion at September 30, 2011.  The Company's cash balances were $774 million at June 30, 2012, a decrease from $1.02 billion at September 30, 2011.About Viacom Viacom is home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories. With media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom's leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA. Paramount Pictures, celebrating its 100th year in 2012 and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world's most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at  blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This news release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements that are not statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current expectations concerning future results, objectives, plans and goals, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: the public acceptance of the Company's programs, motion pictures and other entertainment content on the various platforms on which they are distributed; technological developments and their effect in the Company's markets and on consumer behavior; competition for audiences and distribution; the impact of piracy; economic conditions generally, and in advertising and retail markets in particular; fluctuations in the Company's results due to the timing, mix and availability of the Company's motion pictures; changes in the Federal communications laws and regulations; other domestic and global economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting the Company's businesses generally; and other factors described in the Company's news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K and reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements included in this document are made only as of the date of this document, and the Company does not have any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. If applicable, reconciliations for any non-GAAP financial information contained in this news release are included in this news release or available on the Company's website at http://www.viacom.com.VIACOM INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS(Unaudited)Quarter EndedNine Months EndedJune 30,June 30,(in millions, except per share amounts)2012201120122011Revenues$3,241$3,766$10,524$10,861Expenses:       Operating1,5991,9455,4295,683       Selling, general and administrative6827612,0662,180       Depreciation and amortization5765178203       Restructuring-14-14       Total expenses2,3382,7857,6738,080Operating income9039812,8512,781Interest expense, net(104)(104)(312)(310)Equity in net earnings of investee companies10122551Loss on extinguishment of debt--(21)(87)Other items, net(7)10(12)3Earnings from continuing operations before provision for income taxes8028992,5312,438Provision for income taxes(266)(310)(795)(838)Net earnings from continuing operations5365891,7361,600Discontinued operations, net of tax11-(371)(10)Net earnings (Viacom and noncontrolling interests)5475891,3651,590Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests(13)(15)(34)(30)Net earnings attributable to Viacom$534$574$1,331$1,560Amounts attributable to Viacom:      Net earnings from continuing operations$523$574$1,702$1,570      Discontinued operations, net of tax11-(371)(10)      Net earnings attributable to Viacom$534$574$1,331$1,560Basic earnings per share attributable to Viacom:      Continuing operations$1.00$0.99$3.17$2.65      Discontinued operations$0.02$-$(0.69)$(0.02)      Net earnings $1.02$0.99$2.48$2.63Diluted earnings per share attributable to Viacom:      Continuing operations$0.99$0.97$3.13$2.62      Discontinued operations$0.02$-$(0.68)$(0.02)      Net earnings $1.01$0.97$2.45$2.60Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:      Basic 523.7582.7537.3593.5      Diluted530.4591.6544.1600.2Dividends declared per share of Class A and Class B common stock$0.275$0.25$0.775$0.55 VIACOM INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Unaudited)June 30, September 30,(in millions, except par value)20122011ASSETSCurrent assets:           Cash and cash equivalents$774$1,021           Receivables, net2,5822,732           Inventory, net817828           Deferred tax assets, net4741           Prepaid and other assets291639                      Total current assets4,5115,261Property and equipment, net1,0451,057Inventory, net4,2474,239Goodwill11,03111,064Intangibles, net339392Deferred tax assets, net73-Other assets712788Total assets$21,958$22,801LIABILITIES AND EQUITYCurrent liabilities:           Accounts payable$295$427           Accrued expenses8941,152           Participants' share and residuals1,0381,158           Program rights obligations491475           Deferred revenue236187           Current portion of debt1723           Other liabilities745520                      Total current liabilities3,7163,942Noncurrent portion of debt8,1477,342Participants' share and residuals434487Program rights obligations650771Deferred tax liabilities, net-123Other liabilities1,3931,351Redeemable noncontrolling interest145152Commitments and contingenciesViacom stockholders' equity:           Class A Common stock, par value $0.001, 375.0 authorized; 51.2 and 51.4                outstanding, respectively--           Class B Common stock, par value $0.001, 5,000.0 authorized; 465.8 and 506.9                outstanding, respectively11           Additional paid-in capital8,6988,614           Treasury stock, 252.9 and 207.2 common shares held in treasury, respectively(10,325)(8,225)           Retained earnings9,3368,418           Accumulated other comprehensive loss(232)(164)                      Total Viacom stockholders' equity7,4788,644Noncontrolling interests(5)(11)Total equity7,4738,633Total liabilities and equity$21,958$22,801SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATIONThe following tables reconcile the Company's results for the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 to adjusted results that exclude the impact of certain items identified as affecting comparability ("Factors Affecting Comparability"), including restructuring charges, extinguishment of debt and discrete tax benefits.  The Company uses consolidated adjusted operating income, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom and adjusted diluted earnings per share ("EPS") from continuing operations, as applicable, among other measures, to evaluate the Company's actual operating performance and for planning and forecasting of future periods. The Company believes that the adjusted results provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify the Company's actual operating performance, make it easier to compare Viacom's results with those of other companies and allow investors to review performance in the same way as our management.  Since these are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, operating income, net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom and diluted EPS as indicators of operating performance, and they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.(in millions, except per share amounts) Quarter EndedJune 30, 2012Diluted EPSPre-tax Earnings Net Earnings from fromOperating from Continuing Continuing Operations Continuing IncomeOperations(1)Attributable to Viacom(2)OperationsReported results $903$ 802  $ 523  $0.99Factors Affecting Comparability:                Discrete tax benefits (3)--   (11) (0.02)Adjusted results $903$ 802  $ 512  $0.97Nine Months EndedJune 30, 2012Diluted EPSPre-tax Earnings Net Earnings from fromOperatingfrom Continuing Continuing Operations ContinuingIncomeOperations(1)Attributable to Viacom(2)OperationsReported results $2,851$ 2,531  $ 1,702  $3.13Factors Affecting Comparability:                Extinguishment of debt(4)-21   13  0.02               Discrete tax benefits(3)--   (77) (0.14)Adjusted results $2,851$ 2,552  $ 1,638  $3.01Quarter EndedJune 30, 2011Diluted EPSPre-tax Earnings Net Earnings from fromOperatingfrom Continuing  Continuing Operations ContinuingIncomeOperations(1)Attributable to Viacom(2)OperationsReported results $981$ 899  $ 574  $0.97Factors Affecting Comparability:                Restructuring(5)14 14   9  0.02Adjusted results $995$ 913  $ 583  $0.99  Nine Months Ended  June 30, 2011Diluted EPSPre-tax Earnings Net Earnings from fromOperatingfrom Continuing Continuing Operations Continuing IncomeOperations(1)Attributable to Viacom(2)OperationsReported results $2,781$ 2,438  $ 1,570  $2.62Factors Affecting Comparability:                Restructuring(5)14 14   9  0.01               Extinguishment of debt (4)- 87   54  0.09Adjusted results $2,795$ 2,539  $ 1,633  $2.72(1)   Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations represent earnings before provision for income taxes.(2)   The tax impact has been calculated using the rates applicable to the adjustments presented.(3)   Adjusted results for the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2012 exclude $11 million and $77 million of discrete tax benefits, respectively.  The         benefits recognized in the quarter principally reflect the release of tax reserves with respect to certain effectively settled tax positions.  The benefits         recognized earlier in the year principally related to certain operating and capital loss carryforwards.(4)   Adjusted results for the nine months ended June 30, 2012 exclude a pre-tax debt extinguishment loss of $21 million on the redemption of all $750         million of our outstanding 6.850% Senior Notes due 2055.  Adjusted results for the nine months ended June 30, 2011 exclude a pre-tax debt         extinguishment loss of $87 million on the repurchase of $582 million of our 6.250% Senior Notes due 2016.(5)   Adjusted results for the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2011 exclude $14 million of employee separation costs attributable to the Media         Networks segment. SOURCE Viacom Inc.For further information: Press, Jeremy Zweig, Vice President, Corporate Communications, +1-212-846-7503, jeremy.zweig@viacom.com, or Mark Jafar, Vice President, Corporate Communications, +1-212-846-8961, mark.jafar@mtvstaff.com; or Investors, James Bombassei, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, +1-212-258-6377, james.bombassei@viacom.com