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A potential "Friends" reunion is reportedly in the works at HBO Max, while Netflix has nabbed a one-time licensing deal with Paramount for the fourth installment of "Beverly Hills Cop" starring Eddie Murphy. Why streaming giants are relying on reboots to attract consumers. Yahoo Finance's Alexandra Canal breaks it down. Zack Guzman & Emily McCormick, along with Strictly Cookies CFO Courtney Comstock, join in on the conversation.
AT&T Inc. has sold its minority stake in Game Show Network to its partner in the company, Sony Pictures Entertainment. Under the deal, Sony, a division of Sony Corp. (NYSE: SNE), has acquired the 42 percent stake owned by AT&T (NYSE: T) for $500 million — including $380 million for the Dallas-based telecommunication giant's equity stake plus dividends of approximately $130 million. Now Sony owns 100 percent of the multimedia brand that includes the U.S. cable network and GSN Games.
A key federal regulator is pushing back on the satellite industry’s plan to auction wireless spectrum for 5G networks.
The DOJ has reappraised the so-called "Paramount Decrees" and determined that the industry has changed so significantly that the regulations are no longer useful.
AT&T Inc. announced today offers to purchase for cash any and all of the fifty-three series of outstanding notes listed in the table below , on the terms and conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated November 18, 2019 and the accompanying Letter of Transmittal .
Sony Corp.'s subsidiary Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired a minority stake in AT&T Inc.'s Game Show Network LLC and now owns the game programming network. Before the deal, Sony Pictures owned a 58% stake in Game Show Network, and AT&T owned the remaining 42%. In connection with the transaction, AT&T received approximately $500 million, including proceeds for its equity stake valued at $380 million and dividends of about $130 million, the companies said in a press release. Game Show Network will continue to be managed by Sony Pictures Television with Mark Feldman continuing as president and chief executive, the companies said. Syndicated favorites in Game Show Network's programming include Wheel of Fortune ad Family Feud.
Sony Pictures Entertainment (“SPE”) and AT&T Inc.* (NYSE:T) today announced that SPE has acquired AT&T’s minority stake in Game Show Network, LLC (“Game Show Network”). SPE now owns 100% of the multimedia entertainment company offering original and classic game programming to millions of subscribers through the U.S.-based cable network. It also offers online and mobile games to millions of users through GSN Games.
John Legere, the colorful CEO of T-Mobile Us Inc (NASDAQ: TMUS), will step down next year to be replaced by Mike Sievert, the company said Monday. Sievert, the current president and COO, has been the heir apparent and expected to take over once the T-Mobile merger with Sprint Corp (NYSE: S) is complete. Legere leaves and Sievert takes over as T-Mobile attempts to complete its acquisition of Sprint, which would make it about the same size as larger rivals AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ).
"Ford v Ferrari" delivered a much-needed win for 20th Century Fox this weekend, but "Charlie's Angels" crashed and burned.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- I’m not sure which is the bigger question: What is T-Mobile US Inc. without John Legere? Or, who is John Legere without T-Mobile?“I own no other clothing,” Legere joked during a conference call Monday morning, after the wireless carrier announced that its magenta-festooned CEO will be stepping down soon. Legere’s last day will be April 30, capping a remarkably successful seven-year run during which he took T-Mobile from a distant last place among the top U.S. carriers and turned it into the fastest-growing member of the industry. He will be replaced by Mike Sievert, who is currently president and chief operating officer.Make no mistake, the CEO transition will usher in a new T-Mobile. That’s not because the visions of the two men are so different — they aren’t, and Legere has been grooming Sievert, 50, for quite some time. But T-Mobile is no longer the industry upstart, and Legere’s departure suggests that he feels his work there is almost done. The last step is to complete the acquisition of Sprint Corp., which is being held up by a group of state attorneys general rightly concerned about the potential harm the transaction may cause consumers.Legere, 61, made clear that he isn’t retiring — nor is he turning his “Slow Cooker Sunday” Facebook Live series into a full-time gig. While he said the rumors of him joining WeWork aren’t true, he has fielded a “tremendous amount” of interest from companies seeking the expertise he’s demonstrated at turning around a troubled business and generating broad enthusiasm for a brand. “I’ve got 30 or 40 years and five or six good acts left in me,” Legere, the class clown of corporate events, said on Monday’s call. When Legere joined T-Mobile in 2012, the brand was in disrepair and customers were fleeing. It looked as if the wireless carrier might never be able to catch up to Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc. or Sprint. But Legere transformed T-Mobile into a self-marketing powerhouse, with he and the rest of the management team shamelessly adopting new looks as walking billboards for the company. And it worked. More important, investments in the network and novel moves to simplify customer bills altered T-Mobile’s perception from one of a budget operator of last resort to a company that’s driving industry innovation. That’s earned it customer loyalty, as evidenced by having the lowest rate of churn — or customer defections — among its peers. T-Mobile’s stock has also left the others in the dust:Over the years, Legere’s style has not only included a closet’s worth of Superman-esque T-shirts adorned with a giant letter T, but also sports coats, sneakers, a leather jacket, a chef’s hat, a sports jersey and anything that could be made hot pink or fit the company’s logo. He has 6.5 million Twitter followers — almost as many as Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian family — and is known to respond directly to them, even occasionally dropping into calls to the customer service line. It was all part of his effort to shake up an industry that was going the way of cable-TV, with subscribers irritated by steep, overly complex monthly bills. “We saw an opportunity to disrupt a stupid, broken, arrogant industry,” a typically off-the-cuff Legere said on Monday’s call. “And T-Mobile is far from done,” he added. Though that may be for better or worse. Should the Sprint deal survive or avert the trial that’s set to begin Dec. 9, T-Mobile will gain newfound pricing power. Legere and Sievert have promised that the combined company won’t exploit this, saying that the combination instead allows them to “supercharge” what’s known as T-Mobile’s Un-carrier strategy. But the logic doesn’t quite follow. There’s little reason to believe a merger that facilitates higher prices and better profit margins wouldn’t result in exactly that, and the goodwill Legere has built up with regulators and consumers isn’t insurance enough against this scenario. Fierce competition between T-Mobile and Sprint the last few years is what benefited consumers and forced the industry to do things like offer unlimited data plans. If Sprint gets swallowed, the marketplace will be narrowed to just Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.(1)Sievert is a fine choice as CEO. But the reality is that the company he’s inheriting is different from the one Legere joined, and the days of T-Mobile’s incredible rapid growth will fade into the past, and there will be a natural shift to take advantage of its enhanced market power. So when Sievert said on Monday’s call that after the Sprint deal closes, “customers are going to the be winners,” I wouldn’t count on it. (1) Regulators have mandated that T-Mobile unload some assets to Dish Network Corp., helping set up the satellite-TV provider as a new entrant to the wireless market. But Dish is years and multiple billions of dollars away from becoming a formidable rival that can fill the hole Sprint will leave behind. It’s a weak concession that Legere was more than happy to accept.To contact the author of this story: Tara Lachapelle at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Tara Lachapelle is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering the business of entertainment and telecommunications, as well as broader deals. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Companies around the world set a third-quarter record in dividends paid but the annual growth rate decelerated sharply, a sign that “a marked slowdown is under way” in dividend growth, Janus Henderson said in its quarterly survey.
John Legere will step down in April in favor of Mike Seivert, a move Legere argues could help convince regulators that his successor will live up to T-Mobile’s consumer-friendly “Uncarrier” strategy.
T-Mobile’s John Legere is hanging up his magenta-coloured T-shirt. The flamboyant boss of America’s third-largest phone carrier will step down next May. It is a big loss. The job of overseeing T-Mobile’s pending $26bn merger with Sprint will be messy and fraught with challenges.
John Legere has called time on his stint as chief executive of T-Mobile USA after anointing longtime deputy Mike Sievert to replace him next year at the top of America’s third-largest telecoms company. Mr Legere, the self-styled “bad boy” of the US telecoms sector who referred to himself as “Batman” on the conference call announcing his exit, will leave the company at the end of April after almost eight years at the helm. on Monday denied reports that he had held talks with WeWork about the SoftBank-controlled office sharing company’s vacant chief executive role but said he had not been able to comment as he prepared to announce his departure from T-Mobile.
TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co Ltd is in talks with big music labels - Universal Music , Sony Music and Warner Music - for global licensing deals to include their songs on its new music subscription service, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. ByteDance is looking to launch its music streaming as soon as next month, initially in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and Brazil, before a future opening in the United States, the FT reported https://on.ft.com/37brU3U, citing people familiar with the matter. In addition to on-demand music, ByteDance's app will include a library of short video clips for listeners to search through and synch to songs as they listen, the report added.
“Friends” might be getting a reboot on HBO Max while Netflix secures a one-time licensing deal with Paramount for the fourth installment of “Beverly Hills Cop." Why reboots are all the rage as platforms look to beat out streaming competitors.
Comic book movie "Joker" is poised to surpass $1 billion in global ticket sales on Friday, becoming the first R-rated Hollywood movie ever to overcome the milestone. "Joker," a dark origin story from Warner Bros. about Batman's arch nemesis, had sold $999.1 billion as of Thursday despite not having been screened in China, which is projected to become the world's largest movie market next year. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a mentally-ill loner who finds fame through a random act of violence, the movie earned warm reviews as it opened in early October but stoked controversy in the United States over fears it would encourage violence.
In the investment world, there's a lot of debate surrounding technical analysis. Some fundamentalists call technical analysis "hocus pocus" and think there's nothing to it. Other traders, however, attest to the "price is truth" mantra, and believe that technicals give you the most insight about how and when to buy a stock.I'm not here to settle this decades-old debate.Rather, I'm here to do two things. First, I'll give my personal two cents on the matter. Technicals don't drive stocks. Fundamentals do. But, there's enough information embedded into price action -- and enough money out there paying close attention to technicals -- that technical indicators can give investors very strong and accurate buy/sell signals.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSecond, I'd like to highlight recent academic research from Professor Shu Feng of Boston University and Professor Na Wang and Professor Edward Zychowicz of Hofstra University. Analyzing data from 1993 to 2010, they found that technical indicators tend to perform better when sentiment is high, versus when sentiment is low.Right now, market sentiment is high. The S&P 500 has rallied an impressive 4% over the past month alone to all time highs, and every investor sentiment reading has moved higher over the past few weeks. * 7 Silver and Gold Stocks to Buy That Offer Contrarian Upside Considering that technicals do matter, that technical analysis works better during periods of high investor sentiment and that investor sentiment is presently high, the implication is clear. It's time to start buying stocks with strong charts and favorable technical indicators. Stocks to Buy with Great Charts: Skechers (SKX)First up, we have athletic apparel maker Skechers (NYSE:SKX).The 2019 chart for SKX stock is pretty clean and impressive. All year long, the stock has been on a steady uptrend, with well-defined support and resistance lines. Both of those lines have held multiple times, so barring some drastic change, they should keep holding for the foreseeable future. Assuming they do, the most likely path forward for SKX stock is to keep rallying until it hits its resistance line at around $45.The fundamentals support further upside in SKX stock, too. Consumer attitudes are improving, and consumer spend this holiday season will likely be very strong amid easing trade tensions, re-accelerating economic activity, and still healthy labor market conditions. At the same time, athletic apparel tailwinds remain alive and well, and the Skechers growth narrative (over 15% revenue growth last quarter) remains equally vigorous.Still, SKX stock trades at a huge discount to its sector and peers, and therefore, has plenty of room to keep moving higher, propelled by a healthy combination of profit growth and multiple expansion. Trade Desk (TTD)Second, we have programmatic advertising leader Trade Desk (NASDAQ:TTD).The chart on Trade Desk implies that this stock is in the early stages of a big rebound. Specifically, TTD stock plunged into technically oversold territory (Relative Strength Index below 30) in late September. It has only done this twice before over the past year. Both times, the stock proceeded to bottom, reverse course and head substantially higher over the subsequent few months. It looks like the same thing is happening this time around, as TTD has bottomed and reversed course in October/November. If history holds up, shares should continue to trend higher.The fundamentals underlying TTD stock are equally bullish. This company is pioneering the future of advertising, which is the usage of data, algorithms and machines to automate and optimize the ad transaction processes. This market, dubbed the programmatic advertising market, projects to grow by leaps and bounds as automation becomes more and more globally prevalent. Trade Desk will similarly grow by leaps and bounds in the long run. Near-term weakness is nothing more than noise for this long-term winner. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 Plus, it looks like that near-term weakness is now fading out, which could mean that the coast is clear to buy the dip in TTD stock. AT&T (T)Third, we have telecom giant AT&T (NYSE:T).The chart on T stock implies that shares are in the midst of a breakout which will persist until about $45. Specifically, T stock broke a multiyear downtrend in early 2019. Ever since, the 20-day moving average has surged above the 50-day moving average, and both have surged above the 200-day moving average -- a favorable dynamic which implies building momentum in the stock. At the same time, multiyear resistance doesn't arrive until around $45, so barring any drastic changes. Thus, T stock looks like it's charting a course for that level.AT&T's fundamentals have similarly "broken out" in 2019. That is, this is a company which has been plagued by cord-cutting headwinds over the past several years. But AT&T is finally responding to those headwinds by building out a direct-to-consumer streaming service, HBO Max, which is set to launch in 2020. The expectation is that success in the streaming vertical will help offset weakness in the linear video vertical. Meanwhile, 5G coverage is going mainstream in 2020, and that should provide a boost to AT&T's wireless business.Overall, there's a lot to like about T stock here, and improving fundamental and technical trends imply that the 2019 breakout rally in shares isn't over just yet. Under Armour (UAA)Fourth, we have another athletic apparel maker, Under Armour (NYSE:UAA).The chart for UAA stock shows a stock which has been oversold and is due for a bounce-back soon. The technical buy signal on Under Armour over the past year has been buy when UAA stock drops below $18 and when the Relative Strength Index drops below 30. Right now, UAA stock is very close to flashing that buy signal, with shares below $18 and the RSI only a hair above 30. Once RSI drops below 30, history suggests UAA stock will bounce back in a big way.Fundamentally, the recent sell-off in UAA stock also seems overdone. Sure, this is a slow-growth company with some brand identity, executive and accounting issues. But, they are still a very important brand in a very important and rapidly growing athletic apparel market, with margins that are making significant upward progress.Considering all that, the long-term earnings power here says that UAA stock is worth a lot more than $17. * 7 Tech Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 The implication? Be ready to buy this dip. UAA stock won't stay down here for long. Okta (OKTA)Fifth, we have cloud security company Okta (NASDAQ:OKTA).The story that OKTA's chart tells is one of a stock that is breaking out after a brief period of consolidation. Okta has been a very strong stock. It spends very little time in oversold territory. But every once in a while, valuation friction rears its ugly head and OKTA stock does dip into oversold territory. See late 2018 or late 2019.But with both the Relative Strength Index and stock rebounding, it appears OKTA is breaking out. The last time a breakout like this happened, OKTA stock marched from $60 to $140 in a matter of months.Fundamentally, everything here checks out. This is a 50%-plus revenue growth company disrupting a multi-billion-dollar (and still growing) cybersecurity space with a one-of-a-kind, identity-based solution. Gross margins are huge (over 70%), so as long as revenue growth drives positive operating leverage in the long run, Okta has an opportunity to produce huge profits at scale.Nothing about these fundamentals has changed over the past few months. OKTA stock just got hit by some valuation headwinds. Now, those headwinds have passed, and shares look ready to get back to their winning ways. Chegg (CHGG)Sixth, we have connected learning platform Chegg (NYSE:CHGG).On the technical side of things, Chegg appears to be in the very early innings of a multi-quarter breakout. CHGG stock has been hit hard recently. But it has also shown signs of strength ever since a strong Q3 earnings report. This recent strength has propelled the stock's 20-day moving average above its 50-day moving average for the first time in a few months. This bullish crossover signal has materialized just four times over the past three years. Each time, it preceded a huge move higher in CHGG stock.On the fundamental side of things, Chegg's strong Q3 earnings report confirmed that nothing has changed about this company's fundamentals. Students still need academic help, and they are still seeking for that help through on-demand, connected learning platforms. In that space, Chegg remains unrivaled, and students continue to swarm onto the Chegg platform. Revenues, margins, and profits are all moving higher. * 7 Great High-Yield Stocks With Payouts Over 5% With the fundamentals still rock-solid and the technicals pointing to a big move higher, I think now is the time to double down on CHGG stock. Etsy (ETSY)Last but not least on this list of stocks to buy with great charts is specialty e-commerce marketplace Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY).The technical picture on Etsy implies that you have a really oversold stock -- one running into some big support -- that's due for a nice relief rally soon. Thanks to a convergence of headwinds, including disappointing earnings, ETSY stock has dropped into significantly oversold territory. Indeed, the RSI has only been this low on ETSY once before since 2016. At the same time, shares are running into multi-month support at $40. This combination of big support and dramatically oversold conditions should spark a recovery rally in ETSY stock.The fundamentals here are weakening. Growth is slowing, and margins aren't moving higher like they used to. Still, this is a 20%-plus volume growth company in a secular-growth e-commerce marketplace, with margins that are largely stable. In other words, it's still a very good growth company with a favorable financial profile.The valuation today doesn't seem to reflect this. As such, buying the dip seems like the smart move.As of this writing, Luke Lango was long SKX, TTD, T, OKTA, CHGG and ETSY. 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Recently, I gave my personal take on streaming when I purchased a Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) device. Previously, I was tethered to the cord, always talking about the benefits of cutting it, but never truly understanding it. But with Roku, I wholeheartedly get why millions everywhere are abandoning traditional TV. With that, has my take on iQiyi (NASDAQ:IQ) and IQ stock changed?Source: NYC Russ / Shutterstock.com Often billed as China's Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), the investment concept of iQiyi stock appealed to those far smarter than me. These are the folks that saw the writing on the wall when it came to traditional TV. Following the implications to their logical conclusion, they cut the cord and joined the streaming revolution.Indeed, buying a Roku device and enjoying previously unattainable benefits like on-demand content made me appreciate all streaming companies. I'm not just talking about IQ, but rather, the decision of big-name companies like Disney (NYSE:DIS) and AT&T (NYSE:T) to focus on content consolidation and streaming now made much more sense.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsClearly, streaming is the future, but will that future benefit IQ stock? Unfortunately, I have my doubts. * 7 Silver and Gold Stocks to Buy That Offer Contrarian Upside The company's most recent earnings report for the third quarter didn't help bolster confidence. Although IQ reported narrower-than-expected per-share profitability, it fell a bit short on revenue. Against a consensus target of $1.02 billion, the Chinese streaming giant instead rang up $1 billion flat.That didn't stop enthusiasm in iQiyi stock following the earnings disclosure. However, shares quickly came back down to earth over the next several sessions.Worryingly, IQ stock dropped over 4% in the midweek session of Nov. 13. Rather than a discount, I see more volatility ahead. IQ Stock Is Suffering an Identity CrisisOn paper, analysts consider Q3 as a mixed report: a beat on profitability expectations but a miss on revenue. But based on the technical performance of iQiyi stock, as well as the broader fundamental picture, I view the Q3 report as unambiguously disappointing.Inarguably, IQ is a growth stock. The underlying company sacrifices positive net income in the here and now to invest in expansionary mechanisms. In terms of subscriber growth, management is achieving its goals, but in terms of sales growth, they're flat to declining. Click to EnlargeIt wasn't just that Q3 2019 results produced revenue of $1 billion. Instead, over the last six quarters now, iQiyi has averaged revenue of $1.01 billion. And in Q3 2018, top-line sales came in just under $1.02 billion. As I said, the streaming firm's sales trajectory is flat to declining.Criticize Netflix all you want: the U.S.-based streaming company has consistently grown quarterly revenue over the last five years. And because of this historical consistency, Netflix has generated positive net income for several years.But for IQ stock, a reasonable pathway to profitability is fading. Since at least 2015, net income has progressively sunk deeper into red ink. This year will continue this dubious trend unless we see a miraculous result in Q4.And that won't happen. In the most recent quarter, IQ's net income was a loss of $516 million. In the year-ago quarter, it was a loss of $458 million. Clearly, the company is going the wrong way.Ordinarily, for a growth stock, you'd comfort yourself with the growth narrative. But that's also moving in the wrong direction for IQ stock. No matter where you turn, the fundamentals don't make much sense. China Is a Poor Market for iQiyi StockOne of the other things I like about my Roku device is content options. From programming geared toward family viewing to NC-17 rated stuff, I control what I want to watch.That's the beauty of America and the western civilized world: we have the freedom to do how we please, so long as we don't infringe upon other people's rights. I believe we have the French to thank for this brilliant idea.However, this mentality doesn't fly in China. Internet censorship has long dogged attempts by American technology firms to break into the Chinese market. We're talking huge brands like Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG, NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).Supposedly, Chinese censorship is designed to protect pride in the mainland, which to some level I can understand. But it also devolves into the ridiculous, such as censorship of men wearing earrings.And you know what? When it comes to entertainment, censorship stinks. It's bad enough that IQ stock is having trouble with its underlying growth narrative. But to have a government-level headwind on top of it? This renders shares a speculative gamble rather than a sustainable investment.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long AT&T. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Tech Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Biotech Stocks to Buy With Plenty of Power in the Pipeline * 5 Stocks to Buy That Are Set for Monster Growth in 2020 The post Economic Fundamental Issues Aside, IQ Stock Has an Identity Crisis appeared first on InvestorPlace.
as head of HBO in February, it signalled the end of an era for a cable network synonymous with high-quality television. Mr Plepler’s arrival at Apple would present a fresh challenge to Netflix, which has battled with HBO for coveted Emmy awards in recent years.
With cord-cutting accelerating and the range of streaming video options expanding, the time has come to back away from most U.S. telecom and cable stocks, HSBC analyst Sunil Rajgopal says.
Amid the rapidly changing video landscape and uncertainty over T-Mobile US Inc.’s pending merger with Sprint, only one U.S. telecommunications name still has room for upside, according to HSBC.
I've been mostly skeptical toward Disney (NYSE:DIS), and so far, mostly wrong. Optimism toward the company's Disney+ streaming service sent Disney stock soaring in April. More recently, solid fourth-quarter results and a fast start to the streaming launch have sent the the stock's price to new all-time highs.Source: James Kirkikis / Shutterstock.com To be sure, I understand the bull case for Disney stock, and the streaming opportunity is real. Disney+ is beating rivals AT&T (NYSE:T) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) to market. Its nearly full ownership of Hulu and its massive library make Disney the strongest competitor to Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) on a global basis.And given that Netflix has a market capitalization of $130 billion, more than half that of Disney, a streaming business that rivals or exceeds that of Netflix obviously can have a material impact on the price of DIS stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat said, there long have been concerns about the rest of Disney's business. ESPN revenue and profits have stalled out amid cord-cutting pressure. Other networks like ABC are feeling the same pinch. The licensing business has softened, and Disney's parks business faces cyclical risk in year eleven of an economic expansion. * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 The concern with Disney stock since the Disney+ launch has been that investors have forgotten about those issues. That's particularly dangerous given that Disney+ itself is likely to exacerbate the weakness in the legacy business.In that context, I'm still skeptical toward the company's stock. Yes, streaming is a big deal for DIS, but investors need to focus on the rest of the business as well. Q4 Earnings Were Better Than You ThinkDisney's fourth-quarter report, which beat consensus estimates, was well received. But expectations aside, the quarter at first glance looks close to disastrous. The company's non-GAAP earnings per share declined 28% year over year, and fell 19% in fiscal 2019 as a whole. Free cash flow in FY19 was just $1.1 billion -- down dramatically from $9.8 billion the year before.Of course, there are a number of moving parts affecting earnings and cash flow. The deal with Comcast that brought Hulu under Disney's control also brought Hulu's operating losses onto Disney's balance sheet in full. Twenty-First Century Fox's movie studio posted losses in both the third and fourth quarters. Those two factors alone reduced adjusted EPS by 47 cents, per commentary on the Q4 conference call. Spending behind the Disney+ launch took off another 18 cents or so, based on operating income discussion.Given that adjusted EPS declined by just 41 cents -- 10 cents better than the average Wall Street estimate -- upon closer inspection, Q4 looks reasonably strong. Hulu's losses will reverse over time. Fox simply had a bad quarter. Aside from these relatively one-time impacts, Disney is still growing earnings. And that seems to set the company, and the stock, up well now that Disney+ has officially launched. …But Concerns PersistThat said, looking closer, the old worries persist. Per the call, ESPN profits declined. Cable Networks profits actually declined in the quarter, as the drop in ESPN earnings more than offset the benefit of FX and National Geographic, acquired in the Fox deal. Broadcasting profits, too, declined due largely to weakness at ABC.Bear in mind that the Media Networks group, even adjusting for restructuring and acquisition costs, accounted for over 40% of total earnings in fiscal 2019. (The exact figure is difficult to calculate until Disney files its annual report.) That significant contribution to overall earnings is the key reason why Disney stock traded sideways for almost four years before the Disney+ launch.Problems in Media Networks aren't going away. ESPN+ has been a point of focus, but closed the quarter with just 3.5 million subscribers. The ESPN network may well have lost that many subscribers just in fiscal 2019 (here, too, the actual figure hasn't yet been disclosed), and at significantly higher monthly revenue than the $5 the company charges for ESPN+.TV weakness is a significant headwind for Disney earnings. And it's likely that Disney+ itself will accelerate cord-cutting, and add to that headwind. Cable stocks like AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCA, NASDAQ:DISCB) trade well off their highs because of precisely that trend.Meanwhile, Fox is off to a difficult start under Disney ownership. The film studio in Q3 reverted to a $170 million loss from an estimated $180 million profit the year before. According to the Q4 call, it lost $100 million more in the fourth quarter than it had in Q4 2018. Ad Astra and Dark Phoenix both flopped.Streaming is important to Disney. It's likely the most important business for Disney stock, as I wrote in a detailed piece this summer. But the other businesses matter too. And they have not performed well in recent quarters, or in Q4. The Case For and Against DIS StockAgain, investors have shrugged off those concerns for some seven months now, and continue to do so. And, again, to some extent, I understand why. If Disney+ really is a Netflix competitor, let alone a Netflix killer, it could well be worth over $100 billion. That suggests the rest of Disney is "only" valued at roughly $160 billion.Those non-streaming businesses in fiscal 2019 probably generated around $13 billion in adjusted net income in fiscal 2019. Again, between impairments, purchase accounting for the Fox deal and spending behind not just Disney+ but Hulu and ESPN+, it's difficult to pin down a precise figure. But it seems likely that adjusted EPS would have come in nicely above $7, and closer to $8. The latter figure would imply over $14 billion in profits. Assign a reasonable 15x multiple to that number and Disney as a whole would be worth over $300 billion. * 7 Inexpensive, High-Dividend ETFs to Buy That in turn implies a stock price above $170 for DIS against the current $148. And investors may well see the strength in Parks, the dominance of the studio business and the intellectual property as supporting an even higher non-streaming multiple, and thus a higher Disney stock price. Meanwhile, Disney's first-day haul of 10 million Disney+ subscribers is another piece of evidence to suggest that the service can be a juggernaut and a real threat to Netflix.But there's a lot that needs to go right there. Bear in mind that Disney+ has a five-year target of 90 million subscribers, at which point Netflix should be nearing 300 million. Disney still generates significant profit from home video, some of which will be cannibalized by Disney+ subscribers who no longer buy individual movies. It's foregoing licensing revenue from Netflix in bringing back its content.Even if Disney+ is worth $100 billion-plus, and the rest of the business declines, I'm skeptical that Disney stock should be valued at much more than the current price, if that. And from that standpoint, Q4 appears less encouraging that investors seem to believe.Again, I've been wrong before, and long-term investors betting on Disney and CEO Bob Iger haven't been disappointed. But there are concerns here, and I remain skeptical that streaming alone can fix them.As of this writing, Vince Martin did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Stocks to Buy Under $10 * These 10 Stocks to Buy Make the Perfect 'Retirement' Portfolio * 5 Streaming Stocks to Buy for Huge Upside Over the Next Decade The post Disney's Legacy Businesses Are Still an Issue for DIS Stock appeared first on InvestorPlace.
The sharp slide in Intelsat shares continued on Thursday, as concerns grow about the proposed auction of C-Band radio spectrum by an alliance of satellite communications companies for use by telcos building out 5G networks. The companies in the C-Band Alliance (CBA)— (I) (ticker: I) and SES (SGBAF), both based in Luxembourg, and Telesat, a Canadian firm majority-owned by (LORL) (LORL)—have proposed a private auction that would provide access to the spectrum to carriers building out 5G networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected to take up the proposal as soon as its December meeting.