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Viacom, Inc Posts Large Q4 Earnings Gains; Beats Estimates (VIAB)Nov 14, 2013Before the bell on Thursday, entertainment company Viacom (VIAB) announced its fourth quarter earnings, posting double-digit earnings and EPS growth. VIAB Earnings in Brief -Viacom reported quarterly revenues of $3.65 billion, up from $3.36 billion in last year's Q4. -The company reported adjusted net earnings of $739 million, an 18% increase from the $626 million the company reported a year ago. -On a per share basis, adjusted earnings came in at $1.55 per diluted share, up from $1.21 in 2012's Q4. -Viacom's earnings beat analysts' estimates of $1.45 EPS on revenues of $3.6 billion. CEO Commentary Philippe Dauman, Viacom's president and CEO, said the following about the company's successful quarter: "Viacom's commitment to creative and operational excellence, and our continued investment in content, delivered an outstanding quarter and strong fiscal year. Our Media Networks had strong growth in both advertising and affiliate revenues as ratings improved across our brands. We remain at the forefront of creating new and groundbreaking experiences that seamlessly translate across multiple screens and drive deep engagement with our hit programming ... Our strong cash flow and balance sheet enhance our ability to deliver significant value directly to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. In fiscal 2013, Viacom returned $5.4 billion to shareholders, including $2.7 billion in share repurchases in the fourth quarter." Dividend Declared Yesterday, Viacom declared its quarterly dividend of 30 cents, which will be paid on December 31, and goes ex-dividend on December 11. The last time Viacom raised its dividend was in January 2013. Investors should keep an eye on the company, as it is likely to do something similar this coming January, given its strong results. Stock Performance Investors were reacting well to Viacom's earnings release, sending the stock up $2.56, or 3.08%, in pre-market trading. YTD, the company's stock is up more than 44%.
Needham & Co. Downgrades Viacom to "Hold"; Valuation Call (VIAB)Aug 5, 2013Needham & Co. analysts downgraded media and entertainment giant Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) early on Monday, citing its current valuation as a reason for the move. The analysts note that VIAB shares are up more than 20% over the past six weeks and trades at a premium compared to its peers. As such, the analysts downgraded the stock from "Buy" to "Hold." Viacom shares were down 57 cents, or 0.72%, during morning trading on Monday. the stock is up 48.73% year-to-date. The Bottom Line Shares of Viacom (VIAB) offer a dividend yield of 1.52% based on Friday's closing price of $1.20 per share and the company's annualized dividend payout of $1.20 per share. Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.
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Viacom Shares Rise on Improved Q3 Earnings; Expands Buyback Program (VIAB)Aug 2, 2013Shares of entertainment content provider Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) were up on Friday morning following the release of the company's third quarter results. Earnings rose for the quarter as the company saw an upside in both its Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment segments. The New York, NY-based company reported third quarter earnings of $643 million, or $1.31 per share, up from $534 million, or $1.01 per share, a year ago. Earnings from continuing operations rose to $1.32 per share, up from 99 cents per share last year. Excluding special items, earnings were $1.29 per share, up from 97 cents per share a year ago. Despite the rise in earnings, Viacom was unable to reach the average analyst estimate of $1.30 per share. Total revenue for the quarter increased 14% to $3.69 billion from $3.24 billion a year ago. Analysts expected to see earnings of $3.58 per share. Revenue from the company's Media Networks increased 13% to $2.57 billion. The rise in revenue was primarily due to higher affiliate fees and advertising revenues. The Film Entertainment segment brought in $1.16 billion in revenue, up 15% from a year ago. The increase in revenue reflects sales from the company's movie releases including "Star Trek Into Darkness," "World War Z," and "Pain and Gain." Additionally, the company announced that its board of directors has approved an expansion to its share repurchase plan. The plan has been increased to a Class B stock buy back program of $20 billion, from the prior $10 billion buy back program. Viacom shares were up $5.34, or 7.18%, during pre-market trading Friday. The stock is up 41% YTD. The Bottom Line Shares of Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) have a 1.61% yield based on Thursday's closing price of $74.36. Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.
Sterne Agee Starts Coverage of Viacom at "Buy" (VIAB)Jun 13, 2013Sterne Agee initiated coverage of media and entertainment company Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) on Thursday will a bullish rating, as they view it as the cheapest large cap media stock in its group. The analysts rate VIAB as "Buy" and see shares reaching $76.50. This price target suggests a 17% upside to Wednesday's closing price of $65.26. Viacom shares were up 64 cents, or +0.98%, during morning trading on Thursday. The stock is up +24.88% year-to-date. The Bottom Line Shares of Viacom (VIAB) have a dividend yield of 1.82% based on Thursday's intraday trading price of $65.90 and the company's annualized dividend payout of $1.20 per share. Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.
"Fast & Furious 6" Takes Top Spot for Weekend Sales (VIAB)May 28, 2013Universal's "Fast & Furious 6" debuted on Friday, and surpassed the highly anticipated 'The Hangover Part III' in sales. Ticket sales for 'Fast & Furious 6' topped $300 million over the holiday weekend. Trailing behind the movie staring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker were "The Hangover Part III," at $70 million and 'Star Trek: Into Darkness,' at $60 million. The movie debut at the number one spot at $120 million in US sales and an additional $158 million internationally. This was the largest opening weekend for a Universal Pictures release. Universal and an additional financing partner spent $160 million to produce 'Fast & Furious 6' and another $100 million to market it. Viacom shares were up 54 cents, or 0.78% during Tuesday morning trading. The stock is up 31% YTD. The Bottom Line Shares of Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) have a 1.74% yield, based on Friday's closing price of $68.96. Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) is not recommended at this time, holding a Dividend.com DARS™ Rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Be sure to visit our complete recommended list of the Best Dividend Stocks, as well as a detailed explanation of our ratings system here.