The Walt Disney Company Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Earnings for Fiscal 2019

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today reported quarterly earnings for its third fiscal quarter ended June 29, 2019. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations for the quarter decreased 59% to $0.79 from $1.95 in the prior-year quarter. Excluding certain items affecting comparability(1), EPS for the quarter decreased 28% to $1.35 from $1.87 in the prior-year quarter. EPS from continuing operations for the nine months ended June 29, 2019 decreased to $5.98 from $6.81 in the prior-year period. Excluding certain items affecting comparability(1), EPS from continuing operations for the nine months decreased 15% to $4.75 from $5.60 in the prior-year period.

“Our third-quarter results reflect our efforts to effectively integrate the 21st Century Fox assets to enhance and advance our strategic transformation,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “I’d like to congratulate The Walt Disney Studios for reaching $8 billion at the global box office so far this year–a new industry record–thanks to the stellar performance of our Marvel, Pixar and Disney films. The incredible popularity of Disney’s brands and franchises positions us well as we launch Disney+, and the addition of original and library content from Fox will only further strengthen our direct-to-consumer offerings.”

On March 20, 2019, the Company acquired Twenty-First Century Fox (21CF) for cash and the issuance of 307 million shares. Results for the current quarter and nine months reflect the consolidation of 21CF and Hulu LLC (Hulu) activities.

The following table summarizes the third quarter and nine-month results for fiscal 2019 and 2018 (in millions, except per share amounts):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Revenues

$

 

20,245

 

 

$

 

15,229

 

 

33

%

 

 

$

 

50,470

 

 

$

 

45,128

 

 

12

%

 

Segment operating income (1)

$

 

3,961

 

 

$

 

4,189

 

 

(5

)%

 

 

$

 

11,432

 

 

$

 

12,412

 

 

(8

)%

 

Net income from continuing operations (2)

$

 

1,437

 

 

$

 

2,916

 

 

(51

)%

 

 

$

 

9,656

 

 

$

 

10,276

 

 

(6

)%

 

Diluted EPS from continuing operations (2)

$

 

0.79

 

 

$

 

1.95

 

 

(59

)%

 

 

$

 

5.98

 

 

$

 

6.81

 

 

(12

)%

 

EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability (1)

$

 

1.35

 

 

$

 

1.87

 

 

(28

)%

 

 

$

 

4.75

 

 

$

 

5.60

 

 

(15

)%

 

Cash provided by continuing operations

$

 

(1,748

)

 

$

 

3,679

 

 

nm

 

 

$

 

4,266

 

 

$

 

10,442

 

 

(59

)%

 

Free cash flow (1)

$

 

(2,925

)

 

$

 

2,459

 

 

nm

 

 

$

 

699

 

 

$

 

7,178

 

 

(90

)%

 

(1)

EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability, segment operating income and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures. See the discussion on pages 9 through 12.

(2)

Reflects amounts attributable to shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, i.e. after deduction of noncontrolling interests.

SEGMENT RESULTS

The following table summarizes the third quarter and nine-month segment operating results for fiscal 2019 and 2018 (in millions). 21CF and Hulu operating results for the current period are consolidated and reported in our segments. Prior to the acquisition of 21CF, Hulu was accounted for as an equity method investment and was reported in our Direct-to-Consumer & International segment:

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Networks

$

 

6,713

 

 

$

 

5,534

 

 

21

%

 

 

$

 

18,317

 

 

$

 

16,597

 

 

10

%

 

Parks, Experiences and Products

 

6,575

 

 

 

6,136

 

 

7

%

 

 

 

19,570

 

 

 

18,566

 

 

5

%

 

Studio Entertainment

 

3,836

 

 

 

2,880

 

 

33

%

 

 

 

7,817

 

 

 

7,888

 

 

(1

)%

 

Direct-to-Consumer & International

 

3,858

 

 

 

827

 

 

>100

%

 

 

 

5,921

 

 

 

2,589

 

 

>100

%

 

Eliminations

 

(737

)

 

 

(148

)

 

>(100

)%

 

 

 

(1,155

)

 

 

(512

)

 

>(100

)%

 

 

$

 

20,245

 

 

$

 

15,229

 

 

33

%

 

$

 

50,470

 

 

$

 

45,128

 

 

12

%

 

Segment operating income/(loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media Networks

$

 

2,136

 

 

$

 

1,995

 

 

7

%

 

 

$

 

5,696

 

 

$

 

5,496

 

 

4

%

 

Parks, Experiences and Products

 

1,719

 

 

 

1,655

 

 

4

%

 

 

 

5,377

 

 

 

4,918

 

 

9

%

 

Studio Entertainment

 

792

 

 

 

701

 

 

13

%

 

 

 

1,607

 

 

 

2,400

 

 

(33

)%

 

Direct-to-Consumer & International

 

(553

)

 

 

(168

)

 

>(100

)%

 

 

 

(1,074

)

 

 

(398

)

 

>(100

)%

 

Eliminations

 

(133

)

 

 

6

 

 

nm

 

 

 

 

(174

)

 

 

(4

)

 

>(100

)%

 

 

$

 

3,961

 

 

$

 

4,189

 

 

(5

)%

 

 

$

 

11,432

 

 

$

 

12,412

 

 

(8

)%

 

Media Networks

Media Networks revenues for the quarter increased 21% to $6.7 billion and segment operating income increased 7% to $2.1 billion.

The following table provides further detail of the Media Networks results (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Supplemental revenue detail:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Networks

$

 

4,464

 

 

$

 

3,597

 

 

24

%

 

 

$

 

12,243

 

 

$

 

11,083

 

 

10

%

 

Broadcasting

 

2,249

 

 

 

1,937

 

 

16

%

 

 

 

6,074

 

 

 

5,514

 

 

10

%

 

 

$

 

6,713

 

 

$

 

5,534

 

 

21

%

 

 

$

 

18,317

 

 

$

 

16,597

 

 

10

%

 

Supplemental operating income detail:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Networks

$

 

1,637

 

 

$

 

1,429

 

 

15

%

 

 

$

 

4,169

 

 

$

 

3,950

 

 

6

%

 

Broadcasting

 

307

 

 

 

369

 

 

(17

)%

 

 

 

974

 

 

 

1,008

 

 

(3

)%

 

Equity in the income of investees

 

192

 

 

 

197

 

 

(3

)%

 

 

 

553

 

 

 

538

 

 

3

%

 

 

$

 

2,136

 

 

$

 

1,995

 

 

7

%

 

 

$

 

5,696

 

 

$

 

5,496

 

 

4

%

 

Cable Networks

Cable Networks revenues for the quarter increased 24% to $4.5 billion and operating income increased 15% to $1.6 billion. Higher operating income was due to the consolidation of 21CF businesses (primarily the FX and National Geographic networks) and an increase at ESPN, partially offset by a decrease at Freeform.

The increase at ESPN was due to higher advertising and affiliate revenue, partially offset by an increase in programming and production costs. Higher advertising revenue was due to increases in units sold and rates, partially offset by lower viewership. Advertising revenue was positively impacted by two additional NBA finals games. Affiliate revenue growth was driven by contractual rate increases, partially offset by a decline in subscribers. The increase in programming and production costs was due to contractual rate increases for MLB and NBA programming and new rights for boxing and mixed martial arts.

The decrease at Freeform was due to an increase in programming and production costs, partially offset by higher income from program sales. The programming and production cost increase reflected the timing of amortization and higher average cost of programming in the current quarter.

Broadcasting

Broadcasting revenues for the quarter increased 16% to $2.2 billion and operating income decreased 17% to $307 million. Lower operating income was due to decreases in ABC Studios program sales and network advertising revenue, partially offset by a decrease in programming costs, higher affiliate revenue and, to a lesser extent, the consolidation of 21CF businesses.

The decrease in ABC Studios program sales was driven by the prior year sale of Luke Cage and lower sales of How to Get Away With Murder and Designated Survivor. The decrease in network advertising revenues reflected lower viewership, partially offset by higher rates. Lower programming costs reflected a decrease in the average cost of programming in the current quarter compared to the prior-year quarter, which included airings of Roseanne, as well as lower program cost write-downs.

Parks, Experiences and Products

Parks, Experiences and Products revenues for the quarter increased 7% to $6.6 billion and segment operating income increased 4% to $1.7 billion. Operating income growth for the quarter was due to increases at our consumer products businesses and Disneyland Paris, partially offset by a decrease at our domestic parks and resorts. Results included a benefit from a shift in the timing of the Easter holiday. In the current year, the entire Easter holiday fell in the third quarter, while the third quarter of the prior year included only one week of the Easter holiday.

The increase at our consumer products business was due to growth at our merchandise licensing and retail businesses. Growth at merchandise licensing was primarily due to higher revenue from merchandise based on Toy Story, partially offset by a decrease from Star Wars merchandise. The increase at our retail business was due to higher comparable store sales and online revenue.

Higher operating income at Disneyland Paris was primarily due to higher average ticket prices, partially offset by labor and other cost inflation and lower attendance.

The decrease in operating income at our domestic parks and resorts was due to higher costs and lower volume, partially offset by increased average per capita guest spending. Higher costs were driven by labor and other cost inflation and expenses associated with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened at Disneyland Resort on May 31. The decrease in volume was due to lower attendance, partially offset by higher occupied room nights. Guest spending growth was primarily due to higher average ticket prices and increased food, beverage and merchandise spending.

Studio Entertainment

Studio Entertainment revenues for the quarter increased 33% to $3.8 billion and segment operating income increased 13% to $792 million. Higher operating income was due to an increase in theatrical distribution results and lower film cost impairments at our legacy operations. These improvements were partially offset by a loss from the 21CF businesses and lower TV/SVOD and home entertainment distribution results at our legacy operations.

The increase in theatrical distribution results was due to the performance of Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Captain Marvel and Toy Story 4 in the current quarter compared to Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2, Black Panther and Solo: A Star Wars Story in the prior-year quarter.

Operating results at the 21CF businesses reflected a loss from theatrical distribution driven by the performance of Dark Phoenix, for which we also recorded a film cost impairment, partially offset by income from TV/SVOD distribution.

Lower TV/SVOD distribution results were due to sales of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Thor: Ragnarok in domestic pay television in the prior-year quarter with no comparable titles in the current quarter.

The decrease in home entertainment results was due to lower unit sales and net effective pricing reflecting the performance of Black Panther in the prior-year quarter compared to Captain Marvel in the current quarter.

Direct-to-Consumer & International

Direct-to-Consumer & International revenues for the quarter increased from $827 million to $3,858 million and segment operating loss increased from $168 million to $553 million. The increase in operating loss was due to the consolidation of Hulu, the ramp up of investment in ESPN+, which was launched in April 2018 and costs associated with the upcoming launch of Disney+. Results for the quarter also reflected a benefit from the inclusion of the 21CF businesses due to income at the Fox and National Geographic international channels, partially offset by a loss at Star India.

Commencing on March 20, 2019, 100% of Hulu’s operating results are included in the Direct-to-Consumer & International segment as a result of our acquisition of a controlling interest in Hulu. Prior to March 20, 2019, the Company’s ownership share of Hulu results was reported as equity in the loss of investees.

Eliminations

Revenue eliminations increased from $148 million to $737 million and segment operating income eliminations went from income of $6 million to a loss of $133 million driven by eliminations of licenses of ABC Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Television programs to Hulu.

ADOPTION OF NEW REVENUE RECOGNITION ACCOUNTING GUIDANCE

At the beginning of fiscal 2019, the Company adopted new revenue recognition accounting guidance (ASC 606). Results for fiscal 2019 are presented under ASC 606, while prior period amounts continue to be reported in accordance with our historical accounting.

The current quarter includes a $53 million unfavorable impact on segment operating income from the ASC 606 adoption. The most significant impacts were a $23 million decrease at Parks, Experiences and Products, which reflected the deferral of revenues related to sales of vacation club properties, and a $16 million decrease at Media Networks, which reflected a change in timing of revenue recognition on contracts with minimum guarantees.

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Corporate and Unallocated Shared Expenses

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses increased $46 million to $238 million in the current quarter due to costs incurred in connection with the 21CF acquisition.

Restructuring Charges

During the quarter, the Company recorded charges totaling $207 million, primarily for severance, in connection with the integration of 21CF. These charges are recorded in “Restructuring and impairment charges” in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

Other income/(expense), net

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

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Hulu gain adjustment

$

(123

)

 

$

 

 

nm

 

The Company acquired 21CF’s 30% interest in Hulu as part of the 21CF acquisition. As a result, upon the closing of the 21CF transaction, the Company owned a 60% interest in Hulu, began consolidating Hulu and recorded a one-time gain of $4.9 billion in the second quarter of the current year as a result of remeasuring our initial 30% interest in Hulu to fair value. During the current quarter, the Company adjusted the gain by $123 million due to an update to our estimate of the fair value of the Company’s initial 30% interest in connection with our agreement with NBCU that provided the Company with full operational control of Hulu.

Interest expense, net

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

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Interest expense

$

(472

)

 

$

(175

)

 

>(100

)%

Interest income, investment income and other

61

 

 

32

 

 

91

%

Interest expense, net

$

(411

)

 

$

(143

)

 

>(100

)%

The increase in interest expense was due to higher debt balances as a result of the 21CF acquisition.

The increase in interest income, investment income and other was due to higher cash balances and the inclusion of a $27 million benefit related to pension and postretirement benefit costs, other than service cost, partially offset by higher investment impairments. The Company adopted new accounting guidance in fiscal 2019 and now presents the elements of pension and postretirement plan costs, other than service cost, in “Interest expense, net.” The comparable benefit of $9 million in the prior-year quarter was reported in “Costs and expenses.” The benefit in the current quarter was due to the expected return on pension plan assets exceeding interest expense on plan liabilities and amortization of prior net actuarial losses.

Equity in the Income (Loss) of Investees, net

Equity in the income (loss) of investees was as follows (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Amounts included in segment results:

 

 

 

 

 

Media Networks

$

192

 

 

$

197

 

 

(3

)%

Parks, Experiences and Products

 

 

(5

)

 

nm

Direct-to-Consumer & International

7

 

 

(119

)

 

nm

Impairment of equity investments

(185

)

 

 

 

nm

Amortization of 21CF intangible assets related to equity investees

(15

)

 

 

 

nm

Equity in the income / (loss) of investees, net

$

(1

)

 

$

73

 

 

nm

The decrease in equity losses at Direct-to-Consumer & International was due to the impact of consolidating Hulu.

Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate was as follows:

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Effective income tax rate

19.6

%

 

20.6

%

 

1.0

 

ppt

 

The decrease in the effective income tax rate was due to U.S. federal income tax legislation, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (Tax Act), which was enacted in the prior year. The Tax Act reduced the Company’s U.S. statutory federal income tax rate to 21.0% in fiscal 2019 from 24.5% in fiscal 2018. This was partially offset by the comparison to a one-time $0.1 billion benefit from the Tax Act in the prior-year quarter.

Noncontrolling Interests

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests was as follows (in millions):

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Net income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests

$

(186

)

 

$

(143

)

 

(30

) %

 

The increase in net income from continuing operations attributable to noncontrolling interests was primarily due to accretion of the fair value of the redeemable noncontrolling interest in Hulu, the consolidation of 21CF’s operations and growth at ESPN. These increases were partially offset by a higher loss from our direct-to-consumer sports business. The impact from 21CF was primarily due to the allocation of income to the National Geographic noncontrolling interest holder.

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

Cash Flow

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

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

 

Change

Cash provided by operations – continuing operations

$

4,266

 

 

$

10,442

 

 

$

(6,176

)

Investments in parks, resorts and other property

(3,567

)

 

(3,264

)

 

(303

)

Free cash flow (1)

$

699

 

 

$

7,178

 

 

$

(6,479

)

(1)

 

Free cash flow is not a financial measure defined by GAAP. See the discussion on pages 9 through 12.

Cash provided by continuing operations for the first nine months of fiscal 2019 decreased by $6.2 billion from $10.4 billion in the prior-year nine months to $4.3 billion in the current nine months. The decrease was due to the payment of certain tax obligations that arose from the spin-off of Fox Corporation in connection with the 21CF acquisition, lower segment operating income and higher payments for interest.

Capital Expenditures and Depreciation Expense

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

 

Nine Months Ended

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

Media Networks

 

 

 

Cable Networks

$

60

 

 

$

90

 

Broadcasting

65

 

 

54

 

Total Media Networks

125

 

 

144

 

Parks, Experiences and Products

 

 

 

Domestic

2,491

 

 

2,379

 

International

611

 

 

468

 

Total Parks, Experiences and Products

3,102

 

 

2,847

 

Studio Entertainment

61

 

 

72

 

Direct-to-Consumer & International

137

 

 

85

 

Corporate

142

 

 

116

 

Total investments in parks, resorts and other property

$

3,567

 

 

$

3,264

 

Capital expenditures increased by $303 million to $3.6 billion driven by higher spending on new attractions at our theme parks and resorts.

Depreciation expense was as follows (in millions):

 

Nine Months Ended

 

June 29,

2019

 

June 30,

2018

Media Networks

 

 

 

Cable Networks

$

79

 

 

$

83

 

Broadcasting

62

 

 

68

 

Total Media Networks

141

 

 

151

 

Parks, Experiences and Products

 

 

 

Domestic

1,085

 

 

1,075

 

International

549

 

 

561

 

Total Parks, Experiences and Products

1,634

 

 

1,636

 

Studio Entertainment

53

 

 

42

 

Direct-to-Consumer & International

155

 

 

75

 

Corporate

124

 

 

138

 

Total depreciation expense

$

2,107

 

 

$

2,042

 

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 items 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 from continuing operations to EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability for the quarter:

(in millions except EPS)

Pre-Tax Income/

Loss

 

Tax Benefit/

Expense(1)

 

After-Tax Income/

Loss(2)

 

EPS(3)

 

Change vs.

prior year

period

Quarter Ended June 29, 2019:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported

$

2,018

 

 

$

(395

)

 

$

1,623

 

 

$

0.79

 

 

(59

)%

Exclude:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of 21CF and Hulu intangible assets and fair value step-up on film and television costs(4)

779

 

 

(168

)

 

611

 

 

0.34

 

 

 

Restructuring and impairment charges(5)

207

 

 

(48

)

 

159

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

Impairment of equity investments(6)

185

 

 

(42

)

 

143

 

 

0.08

 

 

 

Other income, net(7)

123

 

 

(28

)

 

95

 

 

0.05

 

 

 

Excluding certain items affecting comparability

$

3,312

 

 

$

(681

)

 

$

2,631

 

 

$

1.35

 

 

(28

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended June 30, 2018:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported

$

3,854

 

 

$

(795

)

 

$

3,059

 

 

$

1.95

 

 

 

Exclude:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One-time net benefit from the Tax Act

 

 

(110

)

 

(110

)

 

(0.07

)

 

 

Excluding certain items affecting comparability

$

3,854

 

 

$

(905

)

 

$

2,949

 

 

$

1.87

 

 

 

(1)

Tax benefit/expense adjustments are determined using the tax rate applicable to the individual item affecting comparability.

(2)

Before noncontrolling interest share.

(3)

Net of noncontrolling interest share, where applicable. Total may not equal the sum of the column due to rounding.

(4)

Intangible asset amortization was $490 million, step-up amortization was $274 million and amortization of intangible assets related to 21CF equity investees was $15 million.

(5)

Reflects severance and equity-based compensation charges related to the acquisition and integration of 21CF ($207 million).

(6)

Primarily reflects the impairment of an investment in a cable channel at A+E Television Networks.

(7)

Reflects an adjustment to the non-cash gain that was recorded in the second quarter of the current year in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Hulu ($123 million).

The following table reconciles reported EPS from continuing operations to EPS excluding certain items affecting comparability for the year.

(in millions except EPS)

Pre-Tax Income/

Loss

 

Tax Benefit/

Expense(1)

 

After-Tax Income/

Loss(2)

 

EPS(3)

 

Change vs.

prior year

period

Nine Months Ended June 29, 2019:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported

$

12,686

 

 

$

(2,687

)

 

$

9,999

 

 

$

5.98

 

 

(12

)%

Exclude:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income, net(4)

(4,840

)

 

1,114

 

 

(3,726

)

 

(2.30

)

 

 

One-time net benefit from the Tax Act

 

 

(34

)

 

(34

)

 

(0.02

)

 

 

Amortization of 21CF and Hulu intangible assets and fair value step-up on film and television costs(5)

884

 

 

(191

)

 

693

 

 

0.43

 

 

 

Restructuring and impairment charges(6)

869

 

 

(200

)

 

669

 

 

0.42

 

 

 

Impairment of equity investments

538

 

 

(123

)

 

415

 

 

0.26

 

 

 

Excluding certain items affecting comparability

$

10,137

 

 

$

(2,121

)

 

$

8,016

 

 

$

4.75

 

 

(15

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended June 30, 2018:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported

$

11,527

 

 

$

(880

)

 

$

10,647

 

 

$

6.81

 

 

 

Exclude:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One-time net benefit from the Tax Act

 

 

(1,801

)

 

(1,801

)

 

(1.17

)

 

 

Other income, net(4)

(94

)

 

23

 

 

(71

)

 

(0.05

)

 

 

Restructuring and impairment charges

28

 

 

(6

)

 

22

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

Excluding certain items affecting comparability

$

11,461

 

 

$

(2,664

)

 

$

8,797

 

 

$

5.60

 

 

 

(1)

Tax benefit/expense adjustments are determined using the tax rate applicable to the individual item affecting comparability.

(2)

Before noncontrolling interest share.

(3)

Net of noncontrolling interest share, where applicable. Total may not equal the sum of the column due to rounding.

(4)

Other income, net for the current nine-month period includes a non-cash gain recognized in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in Hulu ($4.8 billion) and insurance recoveries on a legal matter ($46 million). Other income in the prior-year nine-month period included a gain from the sale of property rights ($53 million) and insurance recoveries on a legal matter ($38 million).

(5)

Intangible asset amortization was $562 million, step-up amortization was $307 million and amortization of intangible assets related to 21CF equity investees was $15 million.

(6)

Reflects severance and equity-based compensation charges related to the acquisition and integration of 21CF ($869 million).

Contacts

Zenia Mucha

Corporate Communications

818-560-5300

Lowell Singer

Investor Relations

818-560-6601

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