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Viacom Reports Strong Double-Digit Earnings Growth for First Quarter 2014

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Operating Income Rose 20% on Higher Results in Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Adjusted Net Earnings Up 19%; Adjusted Diluted EPS Increased 32%</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Media Networks Revenues Rose 6% to $2.54 Billion, Driven By Higher Affiliate and Advertising Revenues</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>$1.1 Billion Returned to Shareholders in the Quarter Through Share Repurchases and Dividends</b> </li> </ul>

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Viacom Reports Strong Double-Digit Earnings Growth for First Quarter 2014

06:50 EST Thursday, January 30, 2014

NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA):

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Fiscal Year 2014 Results

             
   

Quarter Ended

December 31,

    B/(W)
(in millions, except per share amounts) 2013     2012

2013 vs.

2012

   
Revenues $ 3,197 $ 3,314 (4 )%
Operating income 960 797 20
Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom 547 473 16
Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom* 547 461 19
Diluted EPS from continuing operations 1.20 0.93 29
Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations* $ 1.20 $ 0.91 32 %
                             
 

* 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 including significant earnings growth for the fiscal first quarter of 2014, ended December 31, 2013.

Revenues of $3.20 billion declined 4%, reflecting higher Media Networks revenues, which were more than offset by declines in Filmed Entertainment. Operating income rose 20% to $960 million, representing improved operating results across the company. Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom increased 19% to $547 million, and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were up 32% to $1.20 per diluted share.

Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman of Viacom, said, “Viacom continues to deliver on its proven strategy of creating the world's best entertainment content, and engaging audiences in new and powerful ways. We look forward to continuing to deliver for shareholders.”

Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, “Once again, Viacom's results reflect our significant investments in content, our deep connection with audiences and our ongoing financial discipline. Our Media Networks continue to lead on television while also pioneering new, multi-screen experiences for users and expanded opportunities for advertising and distribution partners. With high profile films this quarter in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Nebraska and Wolf of Wall Street,Paramount is off to a strong start as the studio continues building its animation and television production capabilities alongside a promising slate for fiscal 2014.

“Viacom delivered $1.1 billion of capital directly to shareholders in the first quarter of 2014 through share repurchases and dividends, underscoring our continuing commitment to return significant value to investors.”

Revenues

                 
     

Quarter Ended

December 31,

    B/(W)
(in millions) 2013     2012

2013 vs.

2012

   
Media Networks $ 2,541 $ 2,394 6 %
Filmed Entertainment 681 975 (30 )
Eliminations (25 ) (55 ) NM
Total Revenues $ 3,197   $ 3,314   (4 )%
                       
NM - Not Meaningful
 

Quarterly revenues were $3.20 billion for the quarter. Media Networks revenues rose 6% to $2.54 billion, driven by increases in affiliate fees and advertising revenues. Affiliate revenues grew 10% on a domestic and worldwide basis, primarily due to rate increases. Domestic advertising revenues increased 3% due to favorable ratings trends. Worldwide advertising revenues increased 4% to $1.33 billion in the quarter. Filmed Entertainment revenues declined 30% to $681 million. Theatrical revenues decreased 52% from the prior year, due to fewer titles released in the quarter and lower carryover revenues. Home entertainment revenues declined 37%.

Operating Income (Loss)

               
     

Quarter Ended

December 31,

    B/(W)
(in millions) 2013     2012

2013 vs.

2012

   
Media Networks $ 1,114 $ 1,030 8 %
Filmed Entertainment (74 ) (139 ) 47
Corporate expenses (51 ) (60 ) 15
Equity-based compensation (32 ) (31 ) (3 )
Eliminations 3   (3 ) NM
Operating income $ 960   $ 797   20 %
                       
NM - Not Meaningful
 

Quarterly operating income increased 20% to $960 million in the quarter. Media Networks adjusted operating income increased 8%, reflecting higher revenues partially offset by increased programming investment and distribution costs. Filmed Entertainment generated an adjusted operating loss of $74 million, a 47% improvement over the prior year quarter, reflecting lower expenses associated with the reduced number of theatrical releases in the current quarter.

Quarterly adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom increased 19% to $547 million, principally driven by higher operating income and a lower effective tax rate. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the quarter were $1.20, a 32% improvement from the prior year's comparable quarter.

Stock Repurchase Program

For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, Viacom repurchased 10.3 million shares under its stock repurchase program, for an aggregate purchase price of $850 million. As of January 29, 2014, Viacom had $8.87 billion remaining in its $20 billion stock repurchase program. As of December 31, 2013, Viacom had 440 million shares of common stock outstanding.

Debt

At December 31, 2013, total debt outstanding, including capital lease obligations, was $11.89 billion, unchanged from September 30, 2013. The Company's cash balances were $1.42 billion at December 31, 2013, a decrease from $2.4 billion at September 30, 2013.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 160 countries and territories. Viacom's media networks, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach approximately 700 million households worldwide. Paramount Pictures, America's oldest film studio, is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com . Viacom may also use social media channels to communicate with its investors and the public about the company, its brands and other matters, and those communications could be deemed to be material information. Investors and others are encouraged to review posts on Viacom's company blog (blog.viacom.com), Twitter feed ( www.twitter.com/viacom ) and Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.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 our 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 future results, performance or achievements to differ. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: the public acceptance of our programs, motion pictures and other entertainment content on the various platforms on which they are distributed; technological developments and their effect in our 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 our results due to the timing, mix and availability of our motion pictures and other programming; changes in the Federal communications laws and regulations; other domestic and global economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting our businesses generally; and other factors described in our news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to our 2013 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 we do 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 our website at http://www.viacom.com .

VIACOM INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(Unaudited)

     

Quarter Ended

December 31,

(in millions, except per share amounts)

    2013    

   

    2012    

 
Revenues $ 3,197 $ 3,314
Expenses:
Operating 1,474 1,763
Selling, general and administrative 704 697
Depreciation and amortization 59   57  
Total expenses 2,237 2,517
Operating income 960 797
Interest expense, net (149 ) (110 )
Equity in net earnings of investee companies 26 24
Other items, net   7  
Earnings from continuing operations before provision for income taxes 837 718
Provision for income taxes (280 ) (236 )
Net earnings from continuing operations 557 482
Discontinued operations, net of tax   (3 )
Net earnings (Viacom and noncontrolling interests) 557 479
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests (10 ) (9 )
Net earnings attributable to Viacom $ 547   $ 470  
Amounts attributable to Viacom:
Net earnings from continuing operations $ 547 $ 473
Discontinued operations, net of tax   (3 )
Net earnings attributable to Viacom $ 547   $ 470  
Basic earnings per share attributable to Viacom:
Continuing operations $ 1.23 $ 0.94
Discontinued operations    
Net earnings $ 1.23   $ 0.94  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Viacom:
Continuing operations $ 1.20 $ 0.93
Discontinued operations   (0.01 )
Net earnings $ 1.20   $ 0.92  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 444.9 501.5
Diluted 454.0 509.1
Dividends declared per share of Class A and Class B common stock $ 0.30 $ 0.275
                       
 

VIACOM INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in millions, except par value)    

December 31,

2013

   

September 30,

2013

 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,417 $ 2,403
Receivables, net 2,916 2,987
Inventory, net 728 770
Deferred tax assets, net 60 58
Prepaid and other assets 326   508  
Total current assets 5,447 6,726
Property and equipment, net 1,025 1,040
Inventory, net 4,156 3,945
Goodwill 11,092 11,079
Intangibles, net 266 279
Other assets 792   760  
Total assets $ 22,778   $ 23,829  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 242 $ 316
Accrued expenses 789 1,074
Participants' share and residuals 1,090 1,110
Program rights obligations 556 576
Deferred revenue 218 230
Current portion of debt 18 18
Other liabilities 310   466  
Total current liabilities 3,223 3,790
Noncurrent portion of debt 11,868 11,867
Participants' share and residuals 376 437
Program rights obligations 500 527
Deferred tax liabilities, net 621 649
Other liabilities 1,185 1,169
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 206 200
Commitments and contingencies
Viacom stockholders' equity:
Class A Common stock, par value $0.001, 375.0 authorized; 51.0 and 51.1 outstanding, respectively
Class B Common stock, par value $0.001, 5,000.0 authorized; 388.5 and 398.2 outstanding, respectively
 
Additional paid-in capital 9,513 9,490
Treasury stock, 346.6 and 336.3 common shares held in treasury, respectively (16,675 ) (15,825 )
Retained earnings 12,040 11,629
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (76 ) (101 )
Total Viacom stockholders' equity 4,802 5,193
Noncontrolling interests (3 ) (3 )
Total equity 4,799   5,190  
Total liabilities and equity $ 22,778   $ 23,829  
                     
 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The following table reconciles our results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 to adjusted results that exclude the impact of certain items identified as affecting comparability ("Factors Affecting Comparability"), including discrete tax benefits. We use 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 our actual operating performance and for planning and forecasting of future periods. We believe that the adjusted results provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify our 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 accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"), 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. There were no adjustments to our results for the quarter ended December 31, 2013.

(in millions, except per share amounts)
 

Quarter Ended

December 31, 2012

      Diluted
Pre-tax Earnings Net Earnings from EPS from
Operating from Continuing Continuing Operations Continuing
Income Operations Attributable to Viacom Operations
Reported results $ 797 $ 718 $ 473 $ 0.93
Factors Affecting Comparability:
Discrete tax benefits(1)     (12 ) (0.02 )
Adjusted results $ 797   $ 718   $ 461   $ 0.91  
                                 
 
(1)   Adjusted results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 exclude $12 million of discrete tax benefits, principally reflecting the release of tax reserves with respect to certain effectively settled tax positions.
 

Viacom Inc.
Press :
Jeremy Zweig, 212-846-7503
Vice President, Corporate Communications
jeremy.zweig@viacom.com
Mark Jafar, 212-846-8961
Vice President, Corporate Communications
mark.jafar@viacom.com
or
Investors :
James Bombassei, 212-258-6377
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations
james.bombassei@viacom.com
Pamela Yi, 212-846-7581
Director, Investor Relations
pamela.yi@viacom.com

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