The Walt Disney Company posts earning reports for fiscal second quarter 2015, Marvel and Star Wars key to business

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Disney announced their Q2 earnings this morning and thanks to the success of “Frozen,” “Star Wars” and the Marvel movies, the company posted record profits and revenue.

The company reported earnings per share of $1.23, compared to $1.08 per share the following year.   Net income saw an increase of 10 percent to $2.11 billion, up from $1.92 billion a year ago.

“The power of this winning combination is once again reflected in the phenomenal worldwide success of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has opened at number one in every market so far.” said Bob Iger –  Disney’s chairman and chief executive.

Over at the parks, revenue for the quarter increased 6% to $3.8 billion and segment operating income increased 24% to $566 million.

Overall, the Walt Disney Company posted earnings of $2.1 billion for its second fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2015.

Stay tuned after the break for the complete fiscal report from The Walt Disney Company.

BURBANK, Calif., May 05, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Walt Disney CompanyDIS, +0.30% today reported earnings of $2.1 billion for its second fiscal quarter ended March 28, 2015. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the second quarter increased 14% to $1.23 from $1.08 in the prior-year quarter. Excluding certain items affecting comparability, EPS for the quarter increased 11% to $1.23 from $1.11 in the prior-year quarter. EPS for the six months ended March 28, 2015 increased 18% to $2.50 from $2.11 in the prior-year period. Excluding certain items affecting comparability, EPS for the six months increased 16%.

“Our second quarter performance, marked by increased revenue, net income and EPS of $1.23, demonstrates the incredible ability of our strong brands and quality content to drive results,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company. “The power of this winning combination is once again reflected in the phenomenal worldwide success of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which has opened at number one in every market so far.”

The following table summarizes the second quarter and six-month results for fiscal 2015 and 2014 (in millions, except per share amounts):

Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
ChangeMarch 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Revenues$12,461$11,6497%$25,852$23,9588%
Segment operating income (1)$3,482$3,3534%$7,027$6,37310%
Net income (2)$2,108$1,91710%$4,290$3,75714%
Diluted EPS (2)$1.23$1.0814%$2.50$2.1118%
Cash provided by operations$2,918$2,52715%$4,773$3,73928%
Free cash flow (1)$2,011$1,82610%$2,868$2,38021%
(1)Segment operating income and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures. See the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures that follows.
(2)Reflects amounts attributable to shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, i.e. after deduction of noncontrolling interests.

Certain items affecting comparability had a $0.03 net adverse impact on EPS in the prior-year quarter and included a $143 million foreign currency exchange loss in Venezuela, $48 million of restructuring and impairment charges, a $77 million gain on the sale of a property and income of $29 million representing a portion of a settlement of an affiliate contract dispute. The foreign currency loss, property gain and settlement income were recorded in “Other expense, net” in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

SEGMENT RESULTS

The following table summarizes the second quarter and six-month segment operating results for fiscal 2015 and 2014 (in millions):

Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
ChangeMarch 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Revenues:
Media Networks$5,810$5,13413%$11,670$10,42412%
Parks and Resorts3,7603,5626%7,6707,1597%
Studio Entertainment1,6851,800(6)%3,5433,693(4)%
Consumer Products97188510%2,3502,01117%
Interactive235268(12)%619671(8)%
$12,461$11,6497%$25,852$23,9588%
Segment operating income:
Media Networks$2,101$2,133(2)%$3,596$3,588%
Parks and Resorts56645724%1,3711,12822%
Studio Entertainment427475(10)%97188410%
Consumer Products36227432%98870440%
Interactive261486%1016946%
$3,482$3,3534%$7,027$6,37310%

Media Networks

Media Networks revenues for the quarter increased 13% to $5.8 billion and segment operating income decreased 2% to $2.1 billion. The following table provides further detail of the Media Networks results (in millions):

Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
ChangeMarch 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Revenues:
Cable Networks$4,030$3,63311%$8,196$7,39211%
Broadcasting1,7801,50119%3,4743,03215%
$5,810$5,13413%$11,670$10,42412%
Segment operating income:
Cable Networks$1,799$1,974(9)%$3,054$3,251(6)%
Broadcasting30215990%54233761%
$2,101$2,133(2)%$3,596$3,588%

Cable Networks

Operating income at Cable Networks decreased 9% to $1.8 billion for the quarter due to a decrease at ESPN.

The decrease at ESPN was driven by higher programming and production costs, partially offset by growth in affiliate and advertising revenues. Programming and production cost increases were due to higher rights costs for college football programming and the addition of an NFL wild card playoff game and the SEC Network, which was launched in August 2014. The increase in affiliate revenues was due to contractual rate increases, an increase in subscribers, taking into account the new SEC Network, and a reduction in revenue deferrals as a result of changes in contractual provisions related to annual programming commitments. ESPN advertising revenue growth was due to higher rates and units sold.

Operating results at the Disney Channels and ABC Family were relatively flat as the impact of higher contractual rates for affiliate fees in the current quarter was offset by the benefit in the prior-year quarter of a settlement of an affiliate contract dispute.

Broadcasting

Operating income at Broadcasting increased 90% to $302 million for the quarter due to growth in affiliate fees, higher program sales and an increase in advertising revenues. These increases were partially offset by higher marketing costs for the launch of new series. Affiliate fee growth was due to contractual rate increases and new contractual provisions. The increase in program sales was driven by the sale of Marvel’s Daredevil and higher sales of Lost and Once Upon A Time, partially offset by the sale of Wife Swap in the prior-year quarter. The increase in advertising revenue was due to higher primetime ratings and rates.

Parks and Resorts

Parks and Resorts revenues for the quarter increased 6% to $3.8 billion and segment operating income increased 24% to $566 million. Operating income growth for the quarter was due to an increase at our domestic operations, partially offset by a decrease at our international operations.

Higher operating income at our domestic operations was due to increases in guest spending and volumes, partially offset by higher costs. Guest spending growth was primarily due to increases in average ticket prices at our theme parks and cruise line, increased food, beverage and merchandise spending and higher average hotel room rates. The increase in volumes was primarily due to attendance growth at Walt Disney World Resort and sales of vacation club units at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, partially offset by lower attendance at Disneyland Resort. Cost increases were due to labor and other cost inflation and higher pension and postretirement medical costs.

Lower operating income from our international operations was primarily due to lower attendance at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, higher operating costs at Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, and, to a lesser extent, higher pre-opening expenses at Shanghai Disney Resort. These decreases were partially offset by higher average ticket prices and food, beverage and merchandise spending at Disneyland Paris.

Studio Entertainment

Studio Entertainment revenues for the quarter decreased 6% to $1.7 billion and segment operating income decreased 10% to $427 million. Lower operating income was driven by decreases in domestic home entertainment and international theatrical distribution, partially offset by a higher revenue share with the Consumer Products segment, reflecting performance of Frozen merchandise in the current quarter, and lower film cost impairments.

The decreases in domestic home entertainment and international theatrical distribution both reflected the performance of Big Hero 6 in the current quarter compared to Frozen in the prior-year quarter.

Consumer Products

Consumer Products revenues for the quarter increased 10% to $971 million and segment operating income increased 32% to $362 million. Higher operating income was primarily due to an increase at our Merchandise Licensing business due to the performance of merchandise based on Frozen and, to a lesser extent, The Avengers.

Interactive

Interactive revenues for the quarter decreased 12% to $235 million and segment operating income increased by $12 million to $26 million.

Improved operating results were due to lower marketing and product development costs and the success of our mobile game Tsum Tsum, partially offset by lower Disney Infinity performance and decreased sales of mobile game catalog titles due to fewer titles in release. Lower marketing and product development costs were driven by fewer mobile game titles in development and the benefit of previous restructuring activities.

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Corporate and Unallocated Shared Expenses

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses increased $15 million to $170 million in the current quarter driven by the timing of allocations to operating segments.

Interest Income/(Expense), net

Interest income/(expense), net was as follows (in millions):

Quarter Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Interest expense$(66)$(67)1%
Interest and investment income74129(43)%
Interest income, net$8$62(87)%

The decrease in interest and investment income for the quarter was due to income on late payments realized in the prior-year quarter in connection with the settlement of an affiliate contract dispute.

Equity In The Income of Investees

Equity in the income of investees decreased $11 million to $206 million due to a decrease at Hulu driven by higher programming and marketing costs, partially offset by an increase in subscription revenues.

Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate was as follows:

Quarter Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Effective income tax rate32.9%35.2%2.3 ppt

The decrease in the effective income tax rate was driven by a benefit from an increase in earnings from foreign operations indefinitely reinvested outside the United States, which are subject to tax rates lower than the federal statutory income tax rate, a favorable impact from changes in our estimated full year effective tax rate and an increased benefit related to qualified domestic production activities. The estimated full year effective rate is used to determine the quarterly income tax provision and is adjusted each quarter based on information available at the end of that quarter. The impact was favorable in the current quarter whereas it was unfavorable in the prior-year quarter.

Noncontrolling Interests

Quarter Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests$120$13914%

The decrease in net income attributable to noncontrolling interests for the quarter was due to lower results at ESPN and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is determined on income after royalties and management fees, financing costs and income taxes.

Cash Flow

Cash provided by operations and free cash flow were as follows (in millions):

Six Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Cash provided by operations$4,773$3,739$1,034
Investments in parks, resorts and other property(1,905)(1,359)(546)
Free cash flow (1)$2,868$2,380$488
(1)Free cash flow is not a financial measure defined by GAAP. See the discussion of non-GAAP financial measures that follows.

Cash provided by operations for the first six months of fiscal 2015 increased 28% or $1.0 billion to $4.8 billion compared to the first six months of fiscal 2014. The increase in cash provided by operations was due to higher segment operating results and the impact of changes in payment terms for certain sports rights in fiscal 2014.

Capital Expenditures and Depreciation Expense

Investments in parks, resorts and other property were as follows (in millions):

Six Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Media Networks
Cable Networks$26$68
Broadcasting2028
Total Media Networks4696
Parks and Resorts
Domestic606464
International1,054651
Total Parks and Resorts1,6601,115
Studio Entertainment5232
Consumer Products1610
Interactive102
Corporate121104
Total investments in parks, resorts and other property$1,905$1,359

Capital expenditures increased from $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion primarily due to higher construction spending for the Shanghai Disney Resort.

Depreciation expense was as follows (in millions):

Six Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Media Networks
Cable Networks$75$68
Broadcasting4747
Total Media Networks122115
Parks and Resorts
Domestic586561
International174173
Total Parks and Resorts760734
Studio Entertainment2825
Consumer Products2733
Interactive64
Corporate122116
Total depreciation expense$1,065$1,027

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release presents EPS excluding the impact of certain items affecting comparability, free cash flow and aggregate segment operating income, all of which are important financial measures for the Company, but are not financial measures defined by GAAP.

These measures should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant GAAP financial measures and are not presented as alternative measures of EPS, cash flow or net income as determined in accordance with GAAP. EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability, free cash flow and aggregate segment operating income as we have calculated them may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability – The Company uses EPS excluding certain items to evaluate the performance of the Company’s operations exclusive of certain items affecting comparability of results from period to period. The Company believes that information about EPS exclusive of these impacts is useful to investors, particularly where the impact of the excluded items is significant in relation to reported earnings, because the measure allows for comparability between periods of the operating performance of the Company’s business and allows investors to evaluate the impact of these items separately from the impact of the operations of the business.

The following table reconciles reported EPS to EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability:

Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
ChangeMarch 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Change
Diluted EPS as reported$1.23$1.0814%$2.50$2.1118%
Exclude:
Restructuring and impairment charges(1)0.02%0.03%
Other expense, net(2)0.01%0.01%
Diluted EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability(3)$1.23$1.1111%$2.50$2.1516%
(1)Charges for the prior-year quarter and six-month period totaled $48 million and $67 million (pre-tax), respectively, primarily for severance costs.
(2)Significant items in the prior-year quarter and six-month period includes a loss from Venezuelan foreign currency translation ($143 million pre-tax and before noncontrolling interest), a gain on the sale of property ($77 million pre-tax) and income related to a portion of a settlement of an affiliate contract dispute ($29 million pre-tax).
(3)May not equal the sum of the rows due to rounding.

Free cash flow – The Company uses free cash flow (cash provided by operations less investments in parks, resorts and other property), among other measures, to evaluate the ability of its operations to generate cash that is available for purposes other than capital expenditures. Management believes that information about free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available to service debt, make strategic acquisitions and investments and pay dividends or repurchase shares.

Aggregate segment operating income – The Company evaluates the performance of its operating segments based on segment operating income, and management uses aggregate segment operating income as a measure of the performance of operating businesses separate from non-operating factors. The Company believes that information about aggregate segment operating income assists investors by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of the Company’s portfolio of businesses separate from non-operational factors that affect net income, thus providing separate insight into both operations and the other factors that affect reported results.

A reconciliation of segment operating income to net income is as follows (in millions):

Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Segment operating income$3,482$3,353$7,027$6,373
Corporate and unallocated shared expenses(170)(155)(295)(271)
Restructuring and impairment charges(48)(67)
Other expense, net(37)(31)
Interest income/(expense), net862(50)111
Income before income taxes3,3203,1756,6826,115
Income taxes(1,092)(1,119)(2,210)(2,155)
Net income$2,228$2,056$4,472$3,960

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

In conjunction with this release, The Walt Disney Company will host a conference call today, May 5, 2015, at 9:30 AM EDT/6:30 AM PDT via a live Webcast. To access the Webcast go to www.disney.com/investors. The discussion will be available via replay through May 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM EDT/4:00 PM PDT.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Management believes certain statements in this earnings release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of management’s views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Management does not undertake any obligation to update these statements.

Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Such differences may result from actions taken by the Company, including restructuring or strategic initiatives (including capital investments or asset acquisitions or dispositions), as well as from developments beyond the Company’s control, including:

  • changes in domestic and global economic conditions, competitive conditions and consumer preferences;
  • adverse weather conditions or natural disasters;
  • health concerns;
  • international, political, or military developments; and
  • technological developments.

Such developments may affect travel and leisure businesses generally and may, among other things, affect:

  • the performance of the Company’s theatrical and home entertainment releases;
  • the advertising market for broadcast and cable television programming;
  • expenses of providing medical and pension benefits;
  • demand for our products; and
  • performance of some or all company businesses either directly or through their impact on those who distribute our products.

Additional factors are set forth in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 27, 2014 under Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and subsequent reports.

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(unaudited; in millions, except per share data)
Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
Revenues:
Services$10,552$9,601$21,279$19,458
Products1,9092,0484,5734,500
Total revenues12,46111,64925,85223,958
Costs and expenses:
Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)(5,543)(4,786)(11,677)(10,400)
Cost of products (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)(1,147)(1,186)(2,669)(2,637)
Selling, general, administrative and other(2,081)(2,116)(4,016)(4,134)
Depreciation and amortization(584)(580)(1,176)(1,141)
Total costs and expenses(9,355)(8,668)(19,538)(18,312)
Restructuring and impairment charges(48)(67)
Other income, net(37)(31)
Interest income/(expense), net862(50)111
Equity in the income of investees206217418456
Income before income taxes3,3203,1756,6826,115
Income taxes(1,092)(1,119)(2,210)(2,155)
Net income2,2282,0564,4723,960
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests(120)(139)(182)(203)
Net income attributable to The Walt Disney Company (Disney)$2,108$1,917$4,290$3,757
Earnings per share attributable to Disney:
Diluted$1.23$1.08$2.50$2.11
Basic$1.24$1.10$2.52$2.14
Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:
Diluted1,7151,7701,7161,777
Basic1,6991,7501,7001,756
Dividends declared per share$$$1.15$0.86
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited; in millions, except per share data)
March 28,
2015
September 27,
2014
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$3,745$3,421
Receivables8,1617,822
Inventories1,4321,574
Television costs and advances8141,061
Deferred income taxes496497
Other current assets998801
Total current assets15,64615,176
Film and television costs5,7925,325
Investments2,5752,696
Parks, resorts and other property
Attractions, buildings and equipment41,83842,263
Accumulated depreciation(24,016)(23,722)
17,82218,541
Projects in progress4,6913,553
Land1,2491,238
23,76223,332
Intangible assets, net7,3027,434
Goodwill27,85527,881
Other assets2,7832,342
Total assets$85,715$84,186
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities$6,823$7,595
Current portion of borrowings2,7712,164
Unearned royalties and other advances3,8163,533
Total current liabilities13,41013,292
Borrowings12,18612,676
Deferred income taxes4,3884,098
Other long-term liabilities5,9945,942
Commitments and contingencies
Equity
Preferred stock, $.01 par value
Authorized – 100 million shares, Issued – none
Common stock, $.01 par value
Authorized – 4.6 billion shares, Issued – 2.8 billion shares34,72034,301
Retained earnings56,05853,734
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(1,843)(1,968)
88,93586,067
Treasury stock, at cost, 1.1 billion shares at March 28, 2015 and
September 27, 2014
(42,897)(41,109)
Total Disney Shareholders’ equity46,03844,958
Noncontrolling interests3,6993,220
Total equity49,73748,178
Total liabilities and equity$85,715$84,186
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited; in millions)
Six Months Ended
March 28,
2015
March 29,
2014
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income$4,472$3,960
Depreciation and amortization1,1761,141
Gains on sales of investments and dispositions(56)(280)
Deferred income taxes202176
Equity in the income of investees(418)(456)
Cash distributions received from equity investees349361
Net change in film and television costs and advances(33)(663)
Equity-based compensation213208
Other175(29)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Receivables(208)(469)
Inventories129134
Other assets(110)(31)
Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities(847)(282)
Income taxes(271)(31)
Cash provided by operations4,7733,739
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Investments in parks, resorts and other property(1,905)(1,359)
Sales of investments/proceeds from dispositions81366
Other(3)(18)
Cash used in investing activities(1,827)(1,011)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Commercial paper borrowings, net1,9542,316
Borrowings117138
Reduction of borrowings(1,953)(1,084)
Dividends(1,948)(1,508)
Repurchases of common stock(1,788)(3,254)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options235295
Contributions from noncontrolling interest holders829441
Other209218
Cash used in financing activities(2,345)(2,438)
Impact of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(277)(143)
Increase in cash and cash equivalents324147
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period3,4213,931
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$3,745$4,078

SOURCE: The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company
Zenia Mucha, 818-560-5300
Corporate Communications
or
Lowell Singer, 818-560-6601
Investor Relations




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