Silver Spring, MD – August 6, 2019: Discovery, Inc. (“Discovery” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Second Quarter 2019 Highlights
- 1 most watched TV portfolio for women 25-54 in the U.S. in June 2019;
- Concluded a robust and record advertising Upfront, delivering pricing and volume increases across the portfolio;
- Completed the UKTV Lifestyle Business joint venture unwind transaction in which the Company formally received control of lifestyle channels Really, Home and Good Food; and
- Launched nine additional networks on YouTube TV in the U.S. and signed a multi-year live and on demand carriage agreement with fuboTV.
“We delivered another quarter of strong operating and financial performance, with the benefits of the Scripps Networks acquisition flowing through all areas of our global business, while also accelerating our pivot to digital and direct-to-consumer offerings with IP that powers people’s passions,” said David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery. “With an exceptional team in place, strong top-line performance and a healthy balance sheet, we are confident in our ability to continue executing on our strategic priorities to drive long-term growth and shareholder value.”
Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Second quarter revenues of $2,885 million increased 1% compared with the prior year’s quarter, as a 5% increase in U.S. Networks revenues was partially offset by a 3% decrease in International Networks revenues and a significant decrease in Other revenues due to the sale of the education business. Excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, total Company revenues in the quarter increased 4% and International Networks revenues increased 3%.
Second quarter net income available to Discovery, Inc. was $947 million, or $1.33 per diluted share, compared with $216 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, in the prior year’s quarter. The increase in net income was a result of higher operating results and a one-time, non-cash tax benefit recognized in the quarter. The Company carried out a number of internal restructurings across several jurisdictions within the International Networks segment. The net effect of these restructuring activities was a one-time, non-cash income tax benefit of $455 million from the recognition of a deferred tax asset.
Adjusted Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (“Adjusted OIBDA”) of $1,281 million increased 5%, as a 15% increase in U.S. Networks Adjusted OIBDA was partially offset by a 15% decrease in International Networks Adjusted OIBDA. Excluding the impact of foreign currency fluctuations, total Adjusted AOIBDA increased 7% and International Networks Adjusted OIBDA decreased 7%.
Adjusted Earnings Per Share (“Adjusted EPS”), which excludes the impact of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, net of tax, was $1.61. Adjusted EPS excluding the previously mentioned tax benefit of $455 million, or a decrease of $0.64 per share, and, after-tax restructuring and other charges of $8 million, or $0.01 per share, was $0.98.
Cash provided by operating activities increased 21% to $674 million compared with the prior year’s quarter, primarily reflecting lower restructuring expenses and favorable working capital, partially offset by higher cash taxes due to the absence of acquisition-related charges. Capital expenditures increased $44 million to $78 million, primarily due to transformation projects related to technology infrastructure and software development, and expenses related to real estate consolidation. Free cash flow for the second quarter increased 14% to $596 million.
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