Q2 2016 – Time Warner Earnings Call Summary

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Below are my key takeaways from the Time Warner Q2 2016 Earnings Call on Aug 3:

Summary:

Jeff Bewkes, CEO, said ‘we are well on our way to exceeding 2016 goals’.

Total revenue fell 5% to $6,952MM, from $7,338MM in Q2 2015.  Warner Brother’s 19% decline to $2,658MM was the main factor.  Last year was hard to replicate with San Andreas and Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters, American Sniper and The Hobbit on DVD, Batman: Arkham Knight in gaming, and The Big Bang Theory and Seinfeld in syndication.  Turner increased 6% to $3,010MM due to increases in subscription and advertising revenues, and HBO grew 2% to $1,467MM.

Agreed to buy a 10% stake in Hulu, which will allow Turner cable networks to be shown on Hulu’s planned live and on demand video streaming service coming in 2017.

Received 148 Emmy nominations, more than any other company.  HBO led the way with 94, the most for any network for the past 16 years.  TNT and TBS finished as the two highest rated ad-supported cable networks in primetime among 18-49 year olds.

HBO launched Bill Simmon’s Any Given Wednesday and saw Game of Thrones season 6 reach over 25MM viewers across all platforms.

Warner Brothers had great success in Central Intelligence ($203MM globally as of Aug 3 2016) and The Conjuring 2 ($316MM globally as of Aug 3 2016).

Financial Metrics:

  • Total Revenue: $6,952MM
    • Q2 2015: $7,348MM
  • Total Operating Income: $1,846MM
    • Q2 2015: $1,859MM
  • Total Net Income: $951MM
    • Q2 2015: $971MM
  • EPS: $1.20
    • Q2 2015: $1.16
  • Turner Revenue: $3,010MM
    • Q2 2105: $2,827MM
    • Subscription: $1,484MM
    • Advertising: $1,345MM
    • Content and Other: $180MM
  • Turner Operating Income: $1,130MM
    • Q2 2015: $1,130MM
  • HBO Revenue: $1,467MM
    • Q2 2015: $1,438MM
    • Subscription: $1,253MM
    • Content and Other: $214MM
  • HBO Operating Income: $481MM
    • Q2 2015: $508MM
  • Warner Bros. Revenue: $2,658MM
    • Q2 2015: $3,298MM
    • Theatrical: $1,087MM
    • TV: $1,203MM
    • Videogames and Other: $368MM
  • Warner Bros. Operating Income: $308MM
    • Q2 2015: $341MM

List of Key Properties:

Forward Thinking:

  • WB is launching the highly anticipated Suicide Squad in August, and War Dogs, Sully and Storks in September, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will launch in Q4
  • HBO will premiere Westworld on Oct 2, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce coming Oct 9, and an animated comedy news show from John Stewart
  • Turner will launch their first OTT service in FilmStruck

Links to Company Website:

Please comment below if there are data points from Time Warner you’d like me to include in their next Earnings Call Summary.

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