Paramount Announces New Animation Unit Though Small Impact to Viacom


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Viacom's ( VIA ) film division Paramount Pictures will launch its own animation division according to a recent press release. This division will be responsible for producing high quality animation movies with budgets of up to $100 million. This comes on the heels of its first fully owned computer generated imagery ( CGI ) animated film, Rango , which grossed over $240 million earlier this year. This investment is a necessary step for the company given the success of animated movies recently, especially 3D ones, and is similar to what Disney ( DIS ) has done with Pixar's animation studio.

We estimate that Paramount Pictures constitutes only 14% to Viacom's stock which is primarily dependent on TV channel business.

The success of high budget animation movies is highly uncertain, and we believe that a large portion of film revenues (box office, DVDs and licensing) for Viacom comes from non-animated movies. As the box office sales, DVDs and movie licensing segment accounts for around 14% of Viacom's value and since the company initially plans only 1 animation movie per year at first, we do not see this as a catalyst for the shares in the near-term.

Our price estimate for Viacom's stock stands at $60 , roughly in line with the market price.

See our complete analysis for Viacom's stock.

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