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Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. SNI reported better-than-expected results in the fourth quarter of 2017. The company’s earnings (excluding 88 cents from non-recurring items) of $1.38 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.21. Moreover, the bottom line surged 35.3% on a year-over-year basis on the back of higher revenues.
The company’s fourth-quarter operating revenues of $956.1 million also beat the consensus mark of $912.8 million. The top line was up 7.6% year over year on strong TV advertising and distribution revenues. Advertising revenues came in at $678.1 million, up 5.7% year over year while Distribution revenues rose 10.5% to $244.27 million. Meanwhile, Other revenues increased 29.4% year over year.
Fourth-quarter consolidated segment profits (on an adjusted basis) totaled $371.1 million, up 9% year over year. Quarterly operating income (on a reported basis) rose 40.4% to $319.87 million.
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2017, Scripps Networks had $130.36 million in cash & cash equivalents and $2.52 billion of debt (less current portion) on its balance sheet compared with $122.94 million and $2.95 billion, respectively, at the end of 2016.
Incidentally, the company is scheduled to be acquired by Discovery Communications, Inc. DISCA shortly.
Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Quarterly revenues came in at $758.74 million, up 3.8% year over year. Advertising revenues inched up 1.3% year over year to $529.92 million on account of strength in pricing in the U.S. advertising market. Distribution revenues improved 10.5% year over year to $213.64 million, driven by a rise in negotiated annual rate as well as revenues from over-the-top distribution platforms.
Segmental (adjusted) profits came in at $338.85 million, up 3.1% year over year owing to rise in operating revenues.
Quarterly total revenues of $203.7 million were up 23.2% year over year, riding on favorable foreign currency movements. Segmental adjusted profits totaled $54.81 million compared with $40.94 million in the prior-year quarter.
Conversely, loss (adjusted) from the Corporate and Other segment narrowed to $22.52 million from $29.02 million a year ago.
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Scripps Networks carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Two better-ranked stocks in the broader Consumer Discretionary sector are Churchill Downs, Incorporated CHDN and The Walt Disney Company DIS, both sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Shares of Churchill Downs and The Walt Disney have gained more than 33% and 7%, respectively, in the last six months.
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