Following the fourth quarter earnings announcement on November
15 (ended September 2012), most of the analysts covering
) have reduced their estimates mainly owing to softness in TV
network ratings and lackluster movie business.
Fourth Quarter Highlights
Net income from continuing operations in the quarter was $643
million or $1.24 per share compared with $574 million or $1.00
per share in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EPS of $1.24 was
also above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.17.
Total revenue in the reported quarter was $3,363 million, down
17% year over year and also below the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
$3,428 million. Poor performance of the Filmed Entertainment
business has resulted in the slowdown of revenue growth.Quarterly
operating income was $1,050 million, up 13% year over year.
Agreements of Analysts
Of the 23 analysts covering the stock in the last 7 days, 14
analysts lowered their EPS estimates for the first quarter of
2013 but none increased the same. Likewise, for the second
quarter of 2013, in the last 7 days, 13 analysts have slashed
their EPS estimates but only one analyst raised the estimate.
For fiscal 2013, out of the 27 analysts, 10 analysts reduced
their estimates while only four raised the same. However, for
2014, out of the 20 analysts, seven analysts revised their
estimates downward while four moved in the opposite
Currently, the Zacks Consensus EPS Estimate for the first
quarter of 2013 is pegged at 98 cents. The projected annual
decline rate is 7.1%. Similarly, for the second quarter of 2013,
the current Zacks Consensus EPS Estimate of $1.01 reflects a
year-over-year improvement of 2.92%.
Magnitude of Estimate Revisions
For the first quarter of 2013, over the last 7 days, the
current Zacks Consensus Estimate was 15 cents below the previous
estimate of $1.13. Similarly, for the second quarter of fiscal
2013, the Zacks Consensus Estimate was 7 cents below the earlier
estimate of $1.08.
Likewise, for fiscal 2013, the current Zacks Consensus
Estimate was 3 cents behind the previous estimate of $4.76 while
in fiscal 2014, over the last 7 days, the current Zacks Consensus
Estimate was 3 cents below the prior estimate of $5.48.
In three out of the last four quarters Viacom has outdone the
Zacks Consensus Estimates with an average of 2.57% earnings
surprise during the last four quarters. Likewise, in the last
quarter the company produced an earnings surprise of 4 cents or
The current Zacks Consensus Estimate for the first and second
quarter of 2013 reflects negative earnings surprises of 3.06% and
1.98% (essentially a proxy for future earning surprises),
Likewise, fiscal 2013, Viacom also reflect a downside
potential of 0.42% but fiscal 2014 contains growth potential of
We believe that Viacom is well positioned for long-term growth
as it continues to benefit from its predominately cable
networks-based business model, strong affiliate fee revenue
growth, global brands, strong share repurchase plan,
multi-platform content, and is one of the fastest growing
traditional ad media.
However, stiff competition fromother media companies like
Time Warner Inc.
) along with slow economic recovery may act as headwinds for the
stock going forward. We, thus, maintain our long-term Neutral
recommendation for Viacom.
Currently, Viacom has a Zacks #3 Rank, implying a short-term
Hold rating on the stock.
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