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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Feb 6, 2013 7:21 PM Flag

    NEWS CORPORATION REPORTS SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $1.01 ON NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO STOCKHOLDERS OF $2.38 BILLION

    NEWS CORPORATION REPORTS SECOND QUARTER EARNINGS PER SHARE OF $1.01 ON NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO STOCKHOLDERS OF $2.38 BILLION

    TOTAL SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME INCREASES 6% TO $1.58 BILLION ON REVENUE OF $9.43 BILLION

    NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2013 – News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) today reported $9.43 billion of total revenue for the three months ending December 31, 2012, a $450 million or 5% increase over the $8.98 billion of revenue reported in the prior year quarter. The revenue increase was led by $398 million or 18% growth at the Company’s Cable Network Programming segment.
    The Company reported second quarter total segment operating income(1) of $1.58 billion compared to $1.50 billion reported a year ago. The improvement was led by operating income improvements at the Company’s Cable Network Programming and Television segments. The second quarter results included $56 million of costs related to the ongoing investigations initiated upon the closure of The News of the World as compared to $87 million in the corresponding period of the prior year. This year’s second quarter results also included $23 million of costs related to the proposed separation of the Company’s entertainment and publishing businesses. Excluding these costs from both years, second quarter adjusted total segment operating income of $1.66 billion increased $75 million or 5% from $1.58 billion reported in the second quarter of the prior year.
    The Company reported quarterly net income attributable to stockholders of $2.38 billion ($1.01 per share), compared to $1.06 billion ($0.42 per share) reported in the corresponding period of the prior year. This quarter’s pre-tax results included $1.40 billion of income in Other, net, principally related to gains on the acquisitions of additional ownership stakes in FOX SPORTS Australia and Fox Star Sports Asia (formerly ESPN Star Sports), as well as a $131 million gain from the Company’s participation in British Sky Broadcasting’s (“BSkyB”) share repurchase program, which is reflected in Equity earnings of affiliates. These gains were partially offset by $65 million of restructuring and impairment charges, primarily related to the Company’s international newspaper businesses. Excluding the net income effects of these items, the costs related to the investigations in the U.K. and the proposed separation of the Company’s entertainment and publishing businesses, along with comparable items in both years, second quarter adjusted earnings per share(2) was $0.44 compared with the adjusted prior year quarter result of $0.39.
    Commenting on the results, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch said:
    "News Corporation’s fiscal second quarter performance reflects our strong momentum. Double-digit gains in our Cable and Television businesses, along with improvements in our Publishing segment, drove revenue and earnings growth even as we seized opportunities to invest in our core businesses for long- term and sustainable growth.
    “The strategies we executed against in the quarter continue to bolster News Corporation's competitive position and enhance our ability to benefit from global demand for content, especially sports programming. As we make progress toward the proposed separation of our entertainment and publishing businesses later this year, I am confident in the future prospects for both businesses.”
    (1)
    operating income and for a reconciliation of total segment operating income to income before income tax expense.
    Total segment operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure. See page 12 for a description of total segment
    (2)
    earnings per share.
    See page 15 for a reconciliation of reported net income and earnings per share to adjusted net income and adjusted

    newscorpDOTcom/investor/download/NWS_Q2_2013.pdf

 
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