News Corporation (“News Corp” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:NWS) (NASDAQ:NWSA) (ASX:NWS) (ASX:NWSLV) today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2014.
Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Robert Thomson said:
"The past quarter marked another robust stride in the direction of expanding our digital and international businesses, which was the goal we articulated on our investor day last year. Through the planned acquisition of Harlequin we will extend the global reach not only of HarperCollins but of the broader News Corp, which will clearly benefit from that company's commercial infrastructure. We are already reaping benefits from the acquisition of Storyful, which is powering a new social newswire and creating video content communities around our mastheads, whose digital transition is continuing apace.
The improved results underscore the strength and diversity of our portfolio.
It is also patent that we have been consistently disciplined on costs across the company and around the globe, leading to an improvement in our profitability."
THIRD QUARTER RESULTS
The Company reported fiscal 2014 third quarter total revenues of $2.08 billion, a 5% decrease as compared to the prior year third quarter revenues of $2.18 billion. The majority of the revenue decline reflects foreign currency fluctuations, lower advertising revenues at the News and Information Services segment and the sale of the Dow Jones Local Media Group (“LMG”), partially offset by the strength in the Book Publishing and Digital Real Estate Services segments. Adjusted revenues (as defined in Note 1) were relatively flat with the prior year.
The Company reported third quarter Total Segment EBITDA of $175 million, a 4% increase as compared to $169 million in the prior year. This improvement was driven primarily by stronger performances in the Book Publishing and Digital Real Estate Services segments, partially offset by declines at the News and Information Services segment, adverse foreign currency fluctuations and slightly higher losses at Amplify compared to the prior year. Adjusted Total Segment EBITDA (as defined in Note 1) increased 3% compared to the prior year.