VIACOMCBS REPORTS Q4 AND FULL YEAR 2021 EARNINGS RESULTS

Feb 16, 2022
By ViacomCBS Staff

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Total Company Revenue Increased 16% Year-Over-Year in Q4, Reflecting Growth Across All Revenue Types
  • Quarterly Global Streaming Revenue Grew 48% Year-Over-Year to $1.3 Billion, Driven by Strength in Subscription and Advertising
    • Added a Record 9.4M Global Streaming Subscribers, Overwhelmingly Led By Paramount+, to Reach Over 56M Subscribers in the Quarter, and Achieved 84% Year-Over-Year Growth in Streaming Subscription Revenue
    • Fueled By a Diverse Global Content Offering, Subscriber Acquisition and Consumption on Paramount+ Accelerated - Driven By Original Scripted Dramas 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown; Family Friendly Films Such As Clifford The Big Red Dog; and Live Sports With The NFL ON CBS
    • Added 10M Pluto TV Global Monthly Active Users (MAUs) to Reach Over 64M and Grew Revenue by 45% Year-Over-Year
  • Strengthened Financial Position by Generating $2.3B of Net Proceeds From Non-Core Asset Dispositions
  • The Company is Hosting Virtual Investor Event Today, Detailing the Momentum of Paramount+ and More

STATEMENT FROM BOB BAKISH PRESIDENT & CEO

"In the fourth quarter you saw the power of strategy and strength of execution across the company. Our success was evident across all lines of business, and spotlighted by streaming, where we achieved our best quarter ever in streaming subscription growth - more than doubling our subscriber additions from last quarter with a record 9.4M additions, expanding our total global streaming subscribers to over 56M. And, to top it off, we saw meaningful acceleration in our global Pluto TV MAUs, to reach over 64M and generate over $1 billion in revenue in the year. This sets us up well for 2022, where I'm tremendously excited to continue to build on this powerful momentum - investing in global content, distribution, and market expansion - to further drive scale."

Q42021 RESULTS*














































$ IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS















Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31

GAAP


2021


2020


B/(W)%


2021


2020


B/(W)%

Revenue


$

8,000



$

6,874



16

%


$

28,586



$

25,285



13

%

▪Advertising**


2,634



2,600



1

%


9,267



8,333



11

%

▪Affiliate**


2,110



2,067



2

%


8,394



8,023



5

%

▪Streaming


1,315



888



48

%


4,193



2,561



64

%

▪Theatrical


39



4



n/m


241



180



34

%

▪Licensing and other


1,902



1,315



45

%


6,491



6,188



5

%

Operating income


$

2,664



$

1,083



146

%


$

6,297



$

4,139



52

%

Diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to ViacomCBS


$

3.05



$

1.26



142

%


$

6.69



$

3.73



79

%














Non-GAAP













Adjusted OIBDA


$

557



$

1,183



(53)

%


$

4,444



$

5,132



(13)

%

Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to ViacomCBS


$

0.26



$

1.04



(75)

%


$

3.48



$

4.20



(17)

%

† Non-GAAP measures are detailed in the Supplemental Disclosures at the end of this release.

 *During the fourth quarter of 2020, ViacomCBS entered into an agreement to sell Simon & Schuster, which was previously reported as the Publishing segment.      

  Simon & Schuster has been presented as a discontinued operation in the company's consolidated financial statements for all periods. 

**Excludes streaming revenue.

   n/m = not meaningful

OVERVIEW OF Q4 REVENUE

REVENUE BY TYPE

  • Advertising revenue grew 1% year-over-year, reflecting improved pricing, partially offset by lower political advertising and lower linear impressions.
  • Affiliate revenue increased 2% year-over-year, reflecting higher reverse compensation, expanded distribution and rate increases, partially offset by subscriber declines.
  • Streaming revenue rose 48% year-over-year:
    • Streaming subscription revenue grew 84% year-over-year, reflecting strong subscriber growth from the company's streaming subscription services.
    • Streaming advertising revenue grew 26% year-over-year, driven by growth in advertising on Pluto TV and Paramount+.
  • Theatrical revenue reflects the fourth quarter release of Clifford The Big Red Dog, and the third quarter release of PAW Patrol: The Movie, while the prior-year period was impacted by the closure or reduced capacity of movie theaters in response to Covid.
  • Licensing and other revenue increased 45% year-over-year, reflecting a higher volume of licensing, including from the comparison against the impact in 2020 from Covid-related production shutdowns.

 

$ IN MILLIONS

Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %

Advertising*

$

2,634



$

2,600



$

34



1

%


$

9,267



$

8,333



$

934



11

%

Affiliate*

2,110



2,067



43



2



8,394



8,023



371



5


Streaming

1,315



888



427



48



4,193



2,561



1,632



64


▪Advertising

684



545



139



26



2,145



1,418



727



51


▪Subscription

631



343



288



84



2,048



1,143



905



79


Theatrical

39



4



35



n/m


241



180



61



34


Licensing and other

1,902



1,315



587



45



6,491



6,188



303



5


Total Revenue

$

8,000



$

6,874



$

1,126



16

%


$

28,586



$

25,285



$

3,301



13

%


*Excludes streaming revenue     n/m = not meaningful

GLOBAL STREAMING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Global streaming subscribers rose to more than 56M, adding a record breaking 9.4M subscribers in the quarter.
    • Subscriber additions in the quarter were overwhelmingly led by Paramount+, with 7.3M additions, bringing Paramount+ total subscribers to 32.8M in the quarter.
      • Domestically, Paramount+ saw record subscriber sign-ups and engagement from a variety of content, including Clifford The Big Red Dog, Mayor of Kingstown, 1883, South Park: Post Covid, live events and the NFL.
      • Internationally, Paramount+ had great momentum, reflecting strong global and local content, including local sports such as A-League in Australia.
    • SHOWTIME OTT also had a record quarter with sign-ups and engagement, benefiting from hit originals, including Dexter: New Blood and Yellowjackets.
    • SkyShowtime, the new streaming joint venture with ViacomCBS and Comcast, plans to launch in more than 20 European markets encompassing 90 million homes starting later this year.
  • Pluto TV revenue grew 45% year-over-year to $362M, as additions of 10M grew total MAUs to over 64M in the quarter.
    • During the quarter, Pluto TV launched in Italy, and announced a strategic partnership with Nordic Entertainment Group to bring Pluto TV to Sweden, Denmark, and Norway in 2022.

REPORTING SEGMENTS

TV ENTERTAINMENT

  • In Q4, CBS had the top scripted broadcast drama with NCIS, the top comedy with Young Sheldon, and the top three new programs with FBI: International, NCIS: Hawai'i and Ghosts. Also, THE NFL ON CBS averaged over 18 million viewers, more than any prime-time television sports, entertainment, or news series on any network this season.
  • Revenue grew 18% year-over-year, reflecting growth across all revenue streams.
    • Advertising revenue increased 2% year-over-year, primarily reflecting improved pricing and an increase in original programming, partially offset by lower political advertising.
    • Affiliate revenue grew 5% year-over-year, driven by growth in reverse compensation.
    • Streaming revenue rose 64% year-over-year, reflecting subscriber and advertising growth at Paramount+.
    • Licensing and other revenue increased 51% year-over-year, reflecting a higher volume of licensing, including from the comparison against the impact in 2020 from Covid-related production shutdowns.
  • Adjusted OIBDA decreased 73% year-over-year, reflecting the company's increased investment in Paramount+.

 

$ IN MILLIONS

Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %

Revenue

$

3,687



$

3,112



$

575



18

%


$

12,931



$

10,700



$

2,231



21

%

▪Advertising*

1,539



1,505



34



2



5,377



4,639



738



16


▪Affiliate*

721



688



33



5



2,803



2,614



189



7


▪Streaming

489



298



191



64



1,551



911



640



70


▪Licensing and other

938



621



317



51



3,200



2,536



664



26


Expenses

3,540



2,563



(977)



(38)



11,848



8,843



(3,005)



(34)


Adjusted OIBDA

$

147



$

549



$

(402)



(73)

%


$

1083



$

1,857



$

(774)



(42)

%































*Excludes streaming revenue





























CABLE NETWORKS

  • In Q4, ViacomCBS maintained leadership as the #1 portfolio in share of viewing among key demos (P2+, P12-17, P18-34, P18-49, P25-54), and owned the #1 cable series with Yellowstone and the #1 cable series among K2-11 with Paw Patrol.
  • Revenue increased 17% year-over-year, reflecting growth across all revenue streams.
    • Advertising revenue increased slightly year-over-year, as the benefits from improved pricing and the acquisition of Chilevisión were largely offset by lower linear impressions.
    • Affiliate revenue grew 1% year-over-year, reflecting higher revenues from expanded vMVPD distribution, rate increases, and pay-per-view boxing events, partially offset by subscriber declines.
    • Streaming revenue increased 40% year-over-year, largely fueled by advertising revenue growth from Pluto TV, as well as growth in subscribers for subscription streaming services.
    • Licensing and other revenue increased 87% year-over-year, primarily driven by a higher volume of licensing, led by the licensing of programming to Paramount+.
  • Adjusted OIBDA decreased 34% year-over-year, reflecting an increased investment in international streaming services and an increase in original programming.

 

$ IN MILLIONS

Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %

Revenue

$

4,008



$

3,438



$

570



17

%


$

14,200



$

12,589



$

1,611



13

%

▪Advertising*

1101



1099



2



0



3,907



3,721



186



5


▪Affiliate*

1,389



1,379



10



1



5,591



5,409



182



3


▪Streaming

826



590



236



40



2,642



1,650



992



60


▪Licensing and other

692



370



322



87



2,060



1,809



251



14


Expenses

3,476



2,637



(839)



(32)



10,453



8,843



(1,610)



(18)


Adjusted OIBDA

$

532



$

801



$

(269)



(34)

%


$

3,747



$

3,746



$

1



0

%































*Excludes streaming revenue





























FILMED ENTERTAINMENT

  • Revenue rose 61% year-over-year, driven by higher theatrical and licensing revenues.
    • Theatrical includes revenues from the fourth quarter release of Clifford The Big Red Dog, and the third quarter release of PAW Patrol: The Movie, while the prior-year period was impacted by the closure or reduced capacity of movie theaters in response to Covid.
    • Licensing and other revenue increased 54% year-over-year driven by a higher volume of licensing, including to our owned streaming services and from the comparison against the impact in 2020 from Covid-related production shutdowns.
  • Adjusted OIBDA increased $36 million year-over-year, reflecting higher profits from the licensing of our content, partially offset by higher distribution costs from the timing of theatrical releases.

 

$ IN MILLIONS

Three Months Ended December 31


Twelve Months Ended December 31


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %


2021


2020


       $ B/(W) %

Revenue

$

826



$

514



$

312



61

%


$

3,070



$

2,562



$

508



20

%

▪Theatrical

39



4



35



n/m


241



180



61



34


▪Licensing and other

787



510



277



54



2,829



2,382



447



19


Expenses

772



496



(276)



(56)



2,702



2,347



(355)



(15)


Adjusted OIBDA

$

54



$

18



$

36



200

%


$

368



$

215



$

153



71

%































n/m = not meaningful






























BALANCE SHEET & LIQUIDITY

  • As of December 31, 2021, the company had $6.3B of cash on its balance sheet and a committed $3.5B revolving credit facility that remains undrawn.
  • Strengthened financial position by generating $2.3B of net proceeds from the sale of the CBS Studio Center and the Black Rock office building.

ABOUT VIACOMCBS

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry's most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions.

For more information about ViacomCBS, please visit www.viacomcbs.com and follow @ViacomCBS on social platforms.

VIAC-IR

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VIACOMCBS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Revenues

$      8,000


$      6,874


$    28,586


$    25,285

Costs and expenses:








Operating

5,452


4,213


17,744


14,992

Selling, general and administrative

1,991


1,516


6,398


5,320

Depreciation and amortization

101


99


390


430

Restructuring and other corporate matters

19


177


100


618

Total costs and expenses

7,563


6,005


24,632


21,360

Net gain on sales

2,227


214


2,343


214

Operating income

2,664


1,083


6,297


4,139

Interest expense

(241)


(268)


(986)


(1,031)

Interest income

16


21


53


60

Net gains from investments


174


47


206

Loss on extinguishment of debt



(128)


(126)

Other items, net

(22)


(27)


(77)


(101)

Earnings from continuing operations before income taxes and equity

   in earnings (loss) of investee companies

2,417


983


5,206


3,147

Provision for income taxes

(334)


(183)


(646)


(535)

Equity in earnings (loss) of investee companies, net of tax

(11)


2


(91)


(28)

Net earnings from continuing operations

2,072


802


4,469


2,584

Net earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax

36


27


162


117

Net earnings (ViacomCBS and noncontrolling interests)

2,108


829


4,631


2,701

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests

(50)


(19)


(88)


(279)

Net earnings attributable to ViacomCBS

$      2,058


$         810


$      4,543


$      2,422









Amounts attributable to ViacomCBS:








Net earnings from continuing operations

$      2,022


$         783


$      4,381


$      2,305

Net earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax

36


27


162


117

Net earnings attributable to ViacomCBS

$      2,058


$         810


$      4,543


$      2,422









Basic net earnings per common share attributable to ViacomCBS:








Net earnings from continuing operations

$        3.10


$        1.27


$        6.77


$        3.74

Net earnings from discontinued operations

$          .06


$          .04


$          .25


$          .19

Net earnings

$        3.16


$        1.31


$        7.02


$        3.93









Diluted net earnings per common share attributable to ViacomCBS:








Net earnings from continuing operations

$        3.05


$        1.26


$        6.69


$        3.73

Net earnings from discontinued operations

$          .05


$          .04


$          .25


$          .19

Net earnings

$        3.11


$        1.31


$        6.94


$        3.92









Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:








Basic

647


617


641


616

Diluted

662


620


655


618

 


VIACOMCBS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions, except per share amounts)




At December 31,




2021


2020


ASSETS






Current Assets:






Cash and cash equivalents


$              6,267


$         2,984


Receivables, net


6,984


7,017


Programming and other inventory


1,504


1,757


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


1,176


1,391


Current assets of discontinued operations


745


630


Total current assets


16,676


13,779


Property and equipment, net


1,736


1,994


Programming and other inventory


13,358


10,363


Goodwill


16,584


16,612


Intangible assets, net


2,772


2,826


Operating lease assets


1,630


1,602


Deferred income tax assets, net


1,206


993


Other assets


3,824


3,657


Assets held for sale


19


28


Assets of discontinued operations


815


809


Total Assets


$            58,620


$       52,663


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current Liabilities:






Accounts payable


$                 800


$            571


Accrued expenses


2,323


1,714


Participants' share and royalties payable


2,159


2,005


Accrued programming and production costs


1,342


1,141


Deferred revenues


1,091


978


Debt


11


16


Other current liabilities


1,182


1,391


Current liabilities of discontinued operations


571


480


Total current liabilities


9,479


8,296


Long-term debt


17,698


19,717


Participants' share and royalties payable


1,244


1,317


Pension and postretirement benefit obligations


1,946


2,098


Deferred income tax liabilities, net


1,063


778


Operating lease liabilities


1,598


1,583


Program rights obligations


404


243


Other liabilities


1,898


2,158


Liabilities of discontinued operations


213


220


Redeemable noncontrolling interest


107


197








Commitments and contingencies












ViacomCBS stockholders' equity:






5.75% Series A Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $.001 per share;

    25 shares authorized and 10 shares issued (2021)




Class A Common Stock, par value $.001 per share; 55 shares authorized;

      41 (2021) and 52 (2020) shares issued




Class B Common Stock, par value $.001 per share; 5,000 shares authorized;

1,110 (2021) and 1,068 (2020) shares issued


1


1


Additional paid-in capital


32,918


29,785


Treasury stock, at cost; 503 (2021 and 2020) Class B Shares


(22,958)


(22,958)


Retained earnings


14,343


10,375


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(1,902)


(1,832)


Total ViacomCBS stockholders' equity


22,402


15,371


Noncontrolling interests


568


685


Total Equity


22,970


16,056


Total Liabilities and Equity


$            58,620


$       52,663


 

VIACOMCBS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In millions)



Year Ended December 31,


2021


2020

Operating Activities:




Net earnings (ViacomCBS and noncontrolling interests)

$           4,631


$           2,701

Less: Net earnings from discontinued operations, net of tax

162


117

Net earnings from continuing operations

4,469


2,584

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings from continuing operations to net cash flow provided

     by operating activities from continuing operations:




Depreciation and amortization

390


430

Television programming and feature film cost amortization

13,352


11,045

Deferred tax provision

90


122

Stock-based compensation

192


274

Net gain on sales

(2,343)


(214)

Net gains from investments

(47)


(206)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

128


126

Equity in loss of investee companies, net of tax and distributions

96


34

Change in assets and liabilities




Decrease (increase) in receivables

179


(68)

Increase in inventory and related program and participation liabilities, net

(16,584)


(12,170)

Increase in accounts payable and other liabilities

760


188

Decrease in pension and postretirement benefit obligations

(61)


(20)

Increase in income taxes

265


2

Other, net

(51)


88

Net cash flow provided by operating activities from continuing operations

835


2,215

Net cash flow provided by operating activities from discontinued operations

118


79

Net cash flow provided by operating activities

953


2,294

Investing Activities:




Investments

(193)


(59)

Capital expenditures

(354)


(324)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(54)


(147)

Proceeds from dispositions

3,028


593

Other investing activities

(25)


Net cash flow provided by investing activities from continuing operations

2,402


63

Net cash flow used for investing activities from discontinued operations

(7)


(7)

Net cash flow provided by investing activities

2,395


56

Financing Activities:




Repayments of short-term debt borrowings, net


(706)

Proceeds from issuance of senior notes


4,375

Repayment of long-term debt

(2,230)


(2,901)

Dividends paid on preferred stock

(30)


Dividends paid on common stock

(617)


(600)

Proceeds from issuance of preferred stock

983


Proceeds from issuance of common stock

1,672


Purchase of Company common stock


(58)

Payment of payroll taxes in lieu of issuing shares for stock-based compensation

(110)


(93)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

408


5

Payments to noncontrolling interests

(235)


(59)

Other financing activities

7


(53)

Net cash flow used for financing activities

(152)


(90)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(48)


25

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

3,148


2,285

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of year

   (includes $135 (2021) and $202 (2020) of restricted cash)

3,119


834

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of year

   (includes $135 (2020) of restricted cash)

$           6,267


$           3,119

 


SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)

Results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 included certain items identified as affecting comparability. Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted OIBDA"), adjusted earnings from continuing operations before income taxes, adjusted provision for income taxes, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to ViacomCBS, and adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations (together, the "adjusted measures") exclude the impact of these items and are measures of performance not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). We use these measures to, among other things, evaluate our operating performance. These measures are among the primary measures used by management for planning and forecasting of future periods, and they are important indicators of our operational strength and business performance. In addition, we use Adjusted OIBDA to, among other things, value prospective acquisitions. We believe these measures are relevant and useful for investors because they allow investors to view performance in a manner similar to the method used by our management; provide a clearer perspective on our underlying performance; and make it easier for investors, analysts and peers to compare our operating performance to other companies in our industry and to compare our year-over-year results.

Because the adjusted measures are measures of performance not calculated in accordance with GAAP, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, operating income, earnings from continuing operations before income taxes, provision for income taxes, net earnings from continuing operations attributable to ViacomCBS or diluted EPS from continuing operations, as applicable, as indicators of operating performance. These measures, as we calculate them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

The following tables reconcile the adjusted measures to their most directly comparable financial measures in accordance with GAAP.


Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Operating income (GAAP)

$      2,664


$      1,083


$      6,297


$      4,139

Depreciation and amortization (a)

101


99


390


430

Restructuring and other corporate matters (b)

19


177


100


618

Programming charges (b)


38



159

Net gain on sales (b)

(2,227)


(214)


(2,343)


(214)

Adjusted OIBDA (Non-GAAP)

$         557


$      1,183


$      4,444


$      5,132


(a) The year ended December 31, 2020 includes an impairment charge for FCC licenses of $25 million and accelerated depreciation of $12 million for technology that was abandoned in connection with synergy plans related to the merger of Viacom Inc. with and into CBS Corporation (the "Merger").

(b) See notes on the following tables for additional information on items affecting comparability.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Continued)

(Unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended December 31, 2021


Earnings from
Continuing
Operations
Before Income
Taxes


Provision for
Income Taxes


Net Earnings
from
Continuing
Operations
Attributable to
ViacomCBS


Diluted EPS
from
Continuing
Operations

Reported (GAAP)


$     2,417




$       (334)




$     2,022




$       3.05


Items affecting comparability:
















Restructuring and other corporate matters (a)


19




(5)




14




.02


Net gain on sales (b)


(2,227)




565




(1,662)




(2.51)


Discrete tax items (c)





(227)




(227)




(.34)


Impairment of equity-method investment,

    net of tax








34




.05


Impact of antidilution of Mandatory

   Convertible Preferred Stock (d)











(.01)


Adjusted (Non-GAAP)


$        209




$           (1)




$        181




$         .26



(a) Reflects severance costs associated with changes in management at certain of our businesses.

(b) Primarily reflects gains on the sales of CBS Studio Center and 51 West 52nd Street, an office tower that was formerly the headquarters of CBS  ("51 West 52nd Street").

(c) Principally reflects the recognition of a capital loss associated with a change in the tax entity classification of a foreign subsidiary.

(d) The weighted average number of common shares outstanding used in the calculation of reported diluted EPS from continuing operations were 662 million and in the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations were 650 million. These amounts differ because adjusted diluted EPS excludes the effect of the assumed conversion of our Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock into shares of common stock since the impact would have been antidilutive. As a result, in the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding does not include the assumed issuance of shares upon conversion of preferred stock, and preferred stock dividends recorded during the three months ended December 31, 2021 of $14 million are deducted from net earnings from continuing operations.

 


Three Months Ended December 31, 2020


Earnings from
Continuing
Operations
Before Income
Taxes


Provision for
Income Taxes


Net Earnings
from
Continuing
Operations
Attributable to
ViacomCBS


Diluted EPS
from
Continuing
Operations

Reported (GAAP)


$        983




$       (183)




$        783




$       1.26


Items affecting comparability:
















Restructuring and other corporate matters (a)


177




(40)




137




.22


Programming charges (b)


38




(10)




28




.05


Gain on sales (c)


(214)




31




(183)




(.30)


Net gain from investments (d)


(174)




42




(132)




(.21)


Discrete tax items





12




12




.02


Adjusted (Non-GAAP)


$        810




$       (148)




$        645




$       1.04



(a) Reflects severance, exit costs and other costs related to the Merger.

(b) Primarily related to the abandonment of certain incomplete programs resulting from production shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic (" COVID-19").

(c) Reflects a gain on the sale of CNET Media Group ("CMG").

(d) Primarily reflects an increase in the value of our investment in fuboTV, Inc. ("fuboTV"), which was sold in the fourth quarter of 2020.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Continued)

(Unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)



Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2021


Earnings from
Continuing
Operations
Before Income
Taxes


Provision for
Income Taxes


Net Earnings
from
Continuing
Operations
Attributable to
ViacomCBS


Diluted EPS
from
Continuing
Operations

Reported (GAAP)


$     5,206




$       (646)




$     4,381




$       6.69


Items affecting comparability:
















Restructuring and other corporate matters (a)


100




(25)




75




.11


Net gain on sales (b)


(2,343)




592




(1,751)




(2.67)


Gains from investments (c)


(47)




11




(36)




(.05)


Loss on extinguishment of debt


128




(30)




98




.15


Pension settlement charge (d)


10




(2)




8




.01


Discrete tax items (e)





(517)




(517)




(.79)


Impairment of equity-method investment,

    net of tax








34




.05


Impact of antidilution of Mandatory

   Convertible Preferred Stock (f)











(.02)


Adjusted (Non-GAAP)


$     3,054




$       (617)




$     2,292




3.48



(a) Reflects severance costs associated with changes in management at certain of our businesses and the impairment of lease assets in connection with cost transformation initiatives related to the Merger.

(b) Primarily reflects gains on the sales of CBS Studio Center, 51 West 52nd Street and a noncore trademark licensing operation.

(c) Primarily reflects a gain of $37 million on the sale of an investment and a gain of $9 million from an increase in the fair value of an investment that was sold during the third quarter of 2021.

(d) Reflects the accelerated recognition of a portion of the unamortized actuarial losses due to the volume of lump sum benefit payments in one of our pension plans.

(e) Primarily reflects a benefit of $260 million to remeasure our United Kingdom ("U.K.") net deferred income tax asset as a result of the enactment of an increase in the U.K. corporate income tax rate from 19% to 25% beginning April 1, 2023, a benefit of $229 million from the recognition of a capital loss associated with a change in the tax entity classification of a foreign subsidiary, as well as a net tax benefit in connection with the settlement of income tax audits.

(f) The weighted average number of common shares outstanding used in the calculation of reported diluted EPS from continuing operations were 655 million and in the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations were 646 million. These amounts differ because adjusted diluted EPS excludes the effect of the assumed conversion of our Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock into shares of common stock since the impact would have been antidilutive. As a result, in the calculation of adjusted diluted EPS, the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding does not include the assumed issuance of shares upon conversion of preferred stock, and preferred stock dividends recorded during the year ended December 31, 2021 of $44 million are deducted from net earnings from continuing operations.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Continued)

(Unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)



Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020


Earnings from
Continuing
Operations
Before Income
Taxes


Provision for
Income Taxes


Net Earnings
from
Continuing
Operations
Attributable to
ViacomCBS


Diluted EPS
from
Continuing
Operations

Reported (GAAP)


$     3,147




$       (535)




$     2,305




$       3.73


Items affecting comparability:
















Restructuring and other corporate matters (a)


618




(133)




485




.79


Impairment charge (b)


25




(6)




19




.03


Depreciation of abandoned technology (c)


12




(3)




9




.01


Programming charges (d)


159




(39)




120




.20


Gain on sales (e)


(214)




31




(183)




(.30)


Net gains from investments (f)


(206)




50




(156)




(.25)


Loss on extinguishment of debt


126




(29)




97




.16


Discrete tax items (g)





(110)




(110)




(.18)


Impairment of equity-method investment,

    net of tax








9




.01


Adjusted (Non-GAAP)


$     3,667




$       (774)




$     2,595




$       4.20



(a) Reflects severance, exit costs and other costs related to the Merger and a charge to write down property and equipment that was classified as held for sale.

(b) Reflects a charge to reduce the carrying values of FCC licenses in two markets to their fair values.

(c) Reflects accelerated depreciation for technology that was abandoned in connection with synergy plans related to the Merger.

(d) Primarily related to the abandonment of certain incomplete programs resulting from production shutdowns related to COVID-19.

(e) Reflects a gain on the sale of CMG.

(f) Primarily reflects an increase in the value of our investment in fuboTV, which was sold in the fourth quarter of 2020.

(g) Primarily reflects a benefit from the remeasurement of our U.K. net deferred income tax asset as a result of an increase in the U.K. corporate income tax rate from 17% to 19% enacted during the third quarter of 2020.

 

 

SOURCE ViacomCBS Inc.