Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYSE: SNI) today reported operating results for the fourth quarter 2012. Consolidated revenues for the quarter increased 9.2 percent to $605 million from the prior-year period. Results for the three-month period ended Dec. 31 reflect solid advertising revenue of $414 million, up 5.1 percent, and affiliate fee revenue of $174 million, up 18 percent year-over-year. Expenses for the quarter increased 14 percent from the prior-year period to $339 million. The increase was driven primarily by higher employee costs and investments in planned domestic and international growth initiatives. Also contributing to the increase was higher programming amortization and marketing expenses to drive viewership at all of the company’s lifestyle television networks. Total segment profit increased 3.3 percent to $266 million. (See note 2 for a definition of segment profit.) Fourth quarter income from continuing operations attributable to Scripps Networks Interactive was $306 million, or $2.02 per diluted share, compared with $135 million, or $0.84 in the fourth quarter of 2011. Included in the fourth quarter 2012 figure are:
Favorable tax adjustments of $202 million, or $1.33 per diluted share; and
Asset impairment charges of $22 million, net of tax, or $0.15 per diluted share.
In the prior-year period, net income from continuing operations included favorable tax adjustments of $10.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share. Excluding these items in both the current and prior-year periods, fourth quarter 2012 income from continuing operations attributable to Scripps Networks Interactive was $0.84, compared with $0.77 in the fourth quarter of 2011. (See note 1.) “Our solid fourth-quarter and full-year operating results demonstrate the popularity and superior marketing power of our lifestyle television networks and related interactive businesses,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive. “Since the launch of HGTV in 1994, our lifestyle media businesses have generated 18 consecutive years of growth, creating tremendous value for our shareholders, delivering uncommon value to our advertisers and distributors and engaging media consumers at the highest levels. Underpinning the company’s success is our commitment to remain focused on lifestyle content categories that touch and inspire the everyday lives of media consumers.”