Viacom Reports Results For First Quarter 2013

Jan 31, 2013
By ViacomCBS Staff

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA):

Fiscal Year 2013 Results      
Quarter Ended
December 31, B/(W)
2012 vs.
(in millions, except per share amounts) 2012 2011 2011
Revenues $ 3,314 $ 3,952 (16) %
Operating income 797 1,016 (22)
Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom 473 591 (20)
Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom* 461 591 (22)
Diluted EPS from continuing operations 0.93 1.06 (12)
Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations* $ 0.91 $ 1.06 (14) %
* 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 first quarter, which ended December 31, 2012. Revenues decreased 16% to $3.31 billion, driven primarily by lower Filmed Entertainment revenues due to the timing and mix of releases. Operating income and adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom declined 22% to $797 million and $461 million, respectively, reflecting lower Filmed Entertainment results and a decline in Media Networks advertising revenues, partially offset by increased affiliate revenues. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations decreased 14% to $0.91 per diluted share.

Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman of Viacom, said, "Viacom continues to build on its impressive global portfolio of movies, television programming and digital content. Philippe leads a talented executive and creative team at Viacom, and I am fully confident that by investing in new hits we will continue to build our outstanding brands and deliver strong value to shareholders."

Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, "Throughout the quarter, we kept our focus on creative excellence and strategic programming investment. Our ongoing investments in programming continue to produce results, with positive ratings trends and growing consumer engagement in new hit content, despite difficult short-term comparisons based on the mix of film releases and the lingering effect of ratings softness last year. Our television brands continue to be highly valued by distribution partners, highlighted by our double digit organic affiliate revenue growth.Paramount is well positioned for the future, with several upcoming tentpole releases, including G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z. In addition, we are working closely with existing distribution partners and new digital distributors to continue to launch robust and consumer-friendly content experiences.

"Viacom's ability to generate significant cash flow permits us to continuously invest in our businesses and deliver value directly to shareholders through our share repurchase and dividend programs. Viacom's strong balance sheet has provided the flexibility to tap the financing markets and lower our average cost of debt."

Quarter Ended
December 31, B/(W)
2012 vs.
(in millions) 2012 2011 2011
Media Networks $ 2,394 $ 2,448 (2) %
Filmed Entertainment 975 1,558 (37)
Eliminations   (55)   (54) NM
Total revenues $ 3,314 $ 3,952 (16) %
NM - Not Meaningful

Quarterly revenues of $3.31 billion represented a 16% decline from the prior year. Media Networks revenues decreased 2% to $2.39 billion, driven by lower advertising revenues, partially offset by increased affiliate revenues. Domestic and worldwide advertising revenues each decreased 6%. The decline in domestic advertising revenues was driven by lower ratings. Domestic affiliate revenues increased 4%. Excluding the impact of digital distribution arrangements, which are affected by the timing of available programming, the domestic affiliate revenue growth rate was in the low-double digits. Worldwide affiliate fees increased 3%.

Filmed Entertainment revenues were down 37% to $975 million. Worldwide theatrical revenues decreased 42% in the quarter to $328 million, principally reflecting the difficult comparison against the prior year release of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, as well as the year over year comparison of revenue from third-party theatrical releases. Worldwide home entertainment revenues declined 43%, principally resulting from fewer releases in the quarter compared to the first quarter of 2012. The decline in home entertainment revenues also reflects lower carryover revenues from the prior period release ofTransformers: Dark of the Moon. Television license fees decreased 24% to $227 million in the quarter.

Operating Income (Loss)      
Quarter Ended
December 31, B/(W)
2012 vs.
(in millions) 2012 2011 2011
Media Networks $ 1,030 $ 1,129 (9) %
Filmed Entertainment (139) (31) NM
Corporate expenses (60) (53) (13)
Equity-based compensation (31) (29) (7)
Eliminations   (3)   - NM
Operating income $ 797 $ 1,016 (22) %
NM - Not Meaningful

Quarterly operating income decreased 22% to $797 million in the quarter, reflecting lower overall revenues from the timing and mix of Filmed Entertainment releases, as well as lower revenues and increased investments in programming at Media Networks.

Quarterly adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom declined $130 million, or 22%, in the quarter, principally due to the decline in operating income. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the quarter were $0.91, a 14% decline from the prior year's comparable quarter.

Stock Repurchase Program

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, Viacom repurchased 13.3 million shares under its stock repurchase program, for an aggregate purchase price of $700 million. As of December 31, 2012, Viacom had 496 million shares of Common stock outstanding. As of January 30, 2013, Viacom had $3.85 billion remaining in its $10 billion stock repurchase program.


At December 31, 2012, total debt outstanding, including capital lease obligations, was $8.39 billion, compared with $8.15 billion at September 30, 2012. The Company's cash balances were $671 million at December 31, 2012, a decrease from$848 million at September 30, 2012.

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, America's oldest film studio 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.

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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 and other programming; 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 but not limited to its 2012 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 .

Quarter Ended
December 31,
(in millions, except per share amounts) 2012 2011
Revenues $ 3,314 $ 3,952
Operating 1,763 2,185
Selling, general and administrative 697 689
Depreciation and amortization   57   62
Total expenses 2,517 2,936
Operating income 797 1,016
Interest expense, net (110) (105)
Equity in net earnings of investee companies 24 10
Other items, net   7   (4)
Earnings from continuing operations before provision for income taxes 718 917
Provision for income taxes   (236)   (316)
Net earnings from continuing operations 482 601
Discontinued operations, net of tax   (3)   (379)
Net earnings (Viacom and noncontrolling interests) 479 222
Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests   (9)   (10)
Net earnings attributable to Viacom $ 470 $ 212
Amounts attributable to Viacom:
Net earnings from continuing operations $ 473 $ 591
Discontinued operations, net of tax   (3)   (379)
Net earnings attributable to Viacom $ 470 $ 212
Basic earnings per share attributable to Viacom:
Continuing operations $ 0.94 $ 1.07
Discontinued operations   -   (0.68)
Net earnings $ 0.94 $ 0.39
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Viacom:
Continuing operations $ 0.93 $ 1.06
Discontinued operations   (0.01)   (0.68)
Net earnings $ 0.92 $ 0.38
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Basic 501.5 550.6
Diluted 509.1 557.2
Dividends declared per share of Class A and Class B common stock $ 0.275 $ 0.25
December 31, September 30,
(in millions, except par value) 2012 2012
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 671 $ 848
Receivables, net 2,602 2,533
Inventory, net 797 832
Deferred tax assets, net 68 68
Prepaid and other assets   485   572
Total current assets 4,623 4,853
Property and equipment, net 1,046 1,068
Inventory, net 4,105 4,205
Goodwill 11,067 11,045
Intangibles, net 322 328
Other assets   734   751
Total assets $ 21,897 $ 22,250
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 193 $ 255
Accrued expenses 913 943
Participants' share and residuals 1,166 989
Program rights obligations 588 569
Deferred revenue 210 230
Current portion of debt 18 18
Other liabilities   634   826
Total current liabilities 3,722 3,830
Noncurrent portion of debt 8,371 8,131
Participants' share and residuals 378 533
Program rights obligations 571 642
Deferred tax liabilities, net 70 5
Other liabilities 1,454 1,491
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 175 179
Commitments and contingencies
Viacom stockholders' equity:
Class A Common stock, par value $0.001, 375.0 authorized; 51.1 and 51.1
outstanding, respectively - -
Class B Common stock, par value $0.001, 5,000.0 authorized; 445.2 and 455.9
outstanding, respectively - 1
Additional paid-in capital 8,997 8,916
Treasury stock, 280.4 and 267.1 common shares held in treasury, respectively (11,725) (11,025)
Retained earnings 10,149 9,820
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (256)   (264)
Total Viacom stockholders' equity 7,165 7,448
Noncontrolling interests   (9)   (9)
Total equity   7,156   7,439
Total liabilities and equity $ 21,897 $ 22,250


The following table reconciles the Company's 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. 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 accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, 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 Ended
December 31, 2012
      Diluted EPS
Pre-tax Earnings Net Earnings from from
Operating from Continuing Continuing Operations Continuing
Income Operations(1) Attributable to Viacom Operations
Reported results $ 797 $ 718 $ 473 $ 0.93
Factors Affecting Comparability:
Discrete tax benefits (2)   -   -   (12)   (0.02)
Adjusted results $ 797 $ 718 $ 461 $ 0.91


 Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations represent earnings before provision for income taxes.


 Adjusted results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 exclude $12 million of discrete tax benefits. The benefits recognized in the quarter principally reflect the release of tax reserves with respect to certain effectively settled tax positions.