News Corporation (“News Corp” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:NWS)(NASDAQ:NWSA)(ASX:NWS)(ASX:NWSLV) today reported financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2013.
Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Robert Thomson said:
“The earnings report demonstrates a measure of progress as we navigate a challenging advertising market. We are continuing to be disciplined on costs, while making opportunistic investments that will extend our revenue reach. The digital transformation is certainly underway, as the acquisition of Storyful and the robust growth in digital sales at HarperCollins attest. Digital subscriptions and website traffic are on the rise at most of our sites, and revenue at REA, the online real estate company, continues to expand encouragingly.”
SECOND QUARTER RESULTSThe Company reported fiscal 2014 second quarter total revenues of $2.24 billion, a 4% decrease as compared to the prior year second quarter revenues of $2.32 billion. The majority of the revenue decline reflects lower advertising revenues at the News and Information Services segment, foreign exchange fluctuations and the sale of the Dow Jones Local Media Group (“LMG”), partially offset by the inclusion of FOX SPORTS Australia, which News Corp began consolidating following the Consolidated Media Holdings (“CMH”) acquisition in November 2012, and strength in the Digital Real Estate Services and Book Publishing segments. Excluding the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign exchange fluctuations, revenues were relatively flat with the prior year. The Company reported second quarter Total Segment EBITDA of $327 million, a 9% increase as compared to $300 million in the prior year. This improvement was mainly due to the consolidation of FOX SPORTS Australia, stronger performances in the Digital Real Estate and Book Publishing segments, and lower costs for the claims and investigations arising out of certain conduct at The News of the World (the “U.K. Newspaper Matters”), partially offset by higher losses at Amplify, declines at the News and Information Services segment and foreign exchange fluctuations. Excluding all costs related to the U.K. Newspaper Matters in both years and the impact of acquisitions, divestitures and foreign exchange fluctuations, Total Segment EBITDA declined 1% compared to the prior year. Net income available to News Corporation stockholders was $150 million as compared to $1,399 million in the prior year, which included a non-taxable gain of approximately $1.3 billion related to the acquisition of CMH in November 2012. Adjusted net income available to News Corporation stockholders, which excludes costs related to the U.K. Newspaper Matters, impairment and restructuring charges and Other, net, was $179 million compared to $178 million in the prior year. Impairment and restructuring charges were $36 million and $62 million in the three months ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.