Factors Setting the Tone for Discovery's (DISCA) Q4 Earnings

DiscoveryDISCA is scheduled to report fourth-quarter 2018 results on Feb 26.

In the trailing four quarters, the company's earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate on two occasions, delivering average positive surprise of 0.2%.

In the las t report ed quarter, Discovery reported earnings of 52 cents per share that lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a dime. Revenues surged 57% year over year to $2.59 billion.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fourth-quarter earnings has remained unchanged at 81 cents over the past seven days, reflecting year-over-year growth of 72.3%. The consensus mark for revenues currently stands at $2.86 billion, reflecting year-over-year growth of 53.3%.

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Let's see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Portfolio Strength & Partnerships to Boost Top-Line Growth

Discovery is benefiting from content portfolio strength, post the Scripps Networks' buyout. The company also expands international footprint, especially in regions like Europe, Latin America and the Nordics.

Furthermore, expanding sports coverage based on partnership with the likes of PGA TOUR is a key catalyst.

During the quarter, the company extended its Golf coverage. In October, the company entered a 12-year agreement with PGA Tour worth about $2 billion to manage TV and digital rights for golf events in territories outside the United States.

Moreover, GOLFTV announced an exclusive multi-year partnership with Tiger Woods, late November. Additionally, GOLFTV inked a partnership with the European Tour to broadcast and stream a number of golf events.

Apart from GOLFTV, Discovery's European sports network, EuroSport won European multi-platform broadcast and distribution rights for four Olympic Games between 2018 and 2024. Additionally, the platform has rights to prominent pro leagues in soccer and tennis, among others.

Apart from PGA and European Tour, partnerships with the likes of AT&T T , Hulu, Sling TV and Bilibili are helping Discovery rapidly penetrate the online viewing market. The company inked a joint venture with The Enthusiast Network (TEN) for automotive media, which marks Discovery's entry into the direct-to-consumer offerings space.

What Our Model Says

According to the Zacks model, a company with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) has a good chance of beating estimates if it also has a positive Earnings ESP . The Sell-rated stocks (Zacks Rank #4 or 5) are best avoided.

Discovery currently has a Zacks Rank #3 and an Earnings ESP of +4.72%. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they're reported with our Earnings ESP Filter .

Other Stocks That Warrant a Look

Here are three other stocks you may want to consider as our model shows these too have the right combination of elements to deliver an earnings beat in the to-be-reported quarter.

PlayAGS AGS has an Earnings ESP of +42.86% and a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Clarus Corporation CLAR has an Earnings ESP of +7.69% and a Zacks Rank #1.

Live Nation Entertainment LYV has an Earnings ESP of +3.77% and a Zacks Rank #1.

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