FOXA

FOX CORP

Communication Services | Large Cap

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Announcing earnings for the quarter ending 2024-06-30 soon
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Exhibit 99.1

 

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EARNINGS RELEASE FOR THE QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021

 

 

FOX REPORTS SECOND QUARTER FISCAL 2022

REVENUES OF $4.44 BILLION

NEW YORK, NY, February 9, 2022 – Fox Corporation (Nasdaq: FOXA, FOX) (“FOX” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2021.

The Company reported total quarterly revenues of $4.44 billion, a 9% increase from the $4.09 billion reported in the prior year quarter. Affiliate revenues increased 11% with 12% growth at the Cable Network Programming segment and 10% growth at the Television segment. Advertising revenues increased 6%, primarily due to continued pricing strength at the FOX Network, underpinned by the strength of the Company’s sports portfolio, and continued growth at Tubi. Other revenues increased 20%, led by higher sports sublicensing revenues at the Cable Network Programming segment which were impacted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) in the prior year quarter.

The quarterly net loss was $73 million compared to net income of $230 million reported in the prior year quarter. The variance was primarily due to the change in fair value of the Company’s investments recognized in Other, net. The net loss attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders was $85 million ($(0.15) per share) as compared to net income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders of $224 million ($0.37 per share) reported in the prior year quarter. Adjusted net income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders1 was $77 million ($0.13 per share) as compared to the $93 million ($0.16 per share) reported in the prior year quarter.

Quarterly Adjusted EBITDA2 increased 2% to $310 million from $305 million reported in the prior year quarter, led by higher contributions at the Cable Network Programming segment.

Commenting on the results, Executive Chair and Chief Executive Officer Lachlan Murdoch said:

“Against the high bar we set in our fiscal second quarter last year, we have once again delivered revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth in the second quarter of our 2022 fiscal year, while continuing to invest in our digital growth initiatives. These strong results and broad-based operating momentum are underpinned by the most valuable news franchise in the country, the leading live sports franchise, our top broadcast network reinforced by a strategic stations portfolio, as well as the emerging leader in AVOD. This focused portfolio is delivering consistent growth for our shareholders in a thoughtful and disciplined manner.”

 

 

1

Excludes net income effects of Impairment and restructuring charges, adjustments to Equity (losses) earnings of affiliates, Other, net and tax provision adjustments. See Note 1 for a description of adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders, which are considered non-GAAP financial measures, and a reconciliation of reported net income and earnings per share attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders to adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders.

2

Adjusted EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. See Note 2 for a description of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA.

 

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EARNINGS RELEASE FOR THE QUARTER ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2021

 

 

 

REVIEW OF OPERATING RESULTS

 

     Three Months Ended
December 31,
     Six Months Ended
December 31,
 
     2021      2020      2021      2020  
     $ Millions  

Revenues by Component:

           

Affiliate fee

   $ 1,688      $ 1,518      $ 3,355      $ 3,051  

Advertising

     2,408        2,282        3,538        3,251  

Other

     345        287        593        502  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues

   $     4,441      $     4,087      $     7,486      $     6,804  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Segment Revenues:

           

Cable Network Programming

   $ 1,638      $ 1,488      $ 3,054      $ 2,813  

Television

     2,759        2,556        4,340        3,906  

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

     44        43        92        85  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues

   $ 4,441      $ 4,087      $ 7,486      $ 6,804  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA:

           

Cable Network Programming

   $ 668      $ 571      $ 1,442      $ 1,352  

Television

     (273      (185      86        272  

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

     (85      (81      (154      (153
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA3

   $ 310      $ 305      $ 1,374      $ 1,471  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization:

           

Cable Network Programming

   $ 17      $ 12      $ 27      $ 25  

Television

     28        26        54        51  

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

     48        32        91        62  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total depreciation and amortization

   $ 93      $ 70      $ 172      $ 138  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

3 

Adjusted EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. See Note 2 for a description of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA.

 

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CABLE NETWORK PROGRAMMING

 

     Three Months Ended
December 31,
     Six Months Ended
December 31,
 
     2021      2020      2021      2020  
     $ Millions  

Revenues

           

Affiliate fee

   $     1,039      $ 928      $ 2,065      $ 1,901  

Advertising

     454        441        765        740  

Other

     145        119        224        172  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues

     1,638            1,488        3,054        2,813  

Operating expenses

     (837      (786      (1,360      (1,220

Selling, general and administrative

     (137      (137      (261      (252

Amortization of cable distribution investments

     4        6        9        11  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Segment EBITDA

   $ 668      $ 571      $     1,442      $     1,352  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cable Network Programming reported quarterly segment revenues of $1.64 billion, an increase of $150 million or 10% from the amount reported in the prior year quarter. Affiliate revenues increased $111 million or 12%, primarily due to contractual price increases, including the impact of distribution agreement renewals, and the absence of the prior year accrual for potential distribution credits as a result of cancelled college football games. Advertising revenues increased $13 million or 3%, primarily due to continued pricing strength at FOX News Media, despite the absence of the prior year election cycle, and stronger pricing and additional MLB playoff games at the national sports networks. Other revenues increased $26 million or 22%, driven by higher sports sublicensing revenues, which were impacted by COVID-19 in the prior year quarter, and higher FOX Nation subscription revenues.

Cable Network Programming reported quarterly segment EBITDA of $668 million, an increase of $97 million or 17% from the amount reported in the prior year quarter, as the revenue increases noted above were partially offset by higher expenses. The increase in expenses primarily reflects higher programming rights amortization at the national sports networks and increased digital investment at FOX News Media.

 

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TELEVISION

 

     Three Months Ended
December 31,
     Six Months Ended
December 31,
 
     2021      2020      2021      2020  
     $ Millions  

Revenues

           

Advertising

   $     1,954      $     1,841      $     2,773      $     2,511  

Affiliate fee

     649        590        1,290        1,150  

Other

     156        125        277        245  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total revenues

     2,759        2,556        4,340        3,906  

Operating expenses

     (2,809      (2,540      (3,835      (3,254

Selling, general and administrative

     (223      (201      (419      (380
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Segment EBITDA

   $ (273    $ (185    $ 86      $ 272  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Television reported quarterly segment revenues of $2.76 billion, an increase of $203 million or 8% from the amount reported in the prior year quarter. Advertising revenues increased $113 million or 6% despite the comparative impact of record political advertising revenues in the prior year quarter. This growth was primarily due to continued pricing strength at the FOX Network, underpinned by the strength of the Company’s sports portfolio, continued growth at Tubi, and the benefit of the ongoing recovery in the base market at the FOX Television Stations following the disruptions caused by COVID-19 in the prior year quarter. Affiliate revenues increased $59 million or 10%, driven by higher average rates at the Company’s owned and operated television stations and increases in fees from third-party FOX affiliates. Other revenues increased $31 million or 25%, primarily due to higher content revenues at FOX Entertainment, as well as the acquisitions of MarVista Entertainment and TMZ.

Television reported a quarterly segment EBITDA loss of $273 million, as compared to a loss of $185 million reported in the prior year quarter, as the revenue increases noted above were more than offset by higher expenses. The increase in expenses primarily reflects higher sports and entertainment programming rights amortization at the FOX Network, including comparisons to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 in the prior year quarter, and increased digital investment at Tubi.

 

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DIVIDEND

The Company has declared a dividend of $0.24 per Class A and Class B share. This dividend is payable on March 30, 2022 with a record date for determining dividend entitlements of March 2, 2022.

SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM

The Company has authorized a $4 billion stock repurchase program. To date, the Company has repurchased $1.5 billion of its Class A common stock and $634 million of its Class B common stock.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “outlook” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements in this press release due to changes in economic, business, competitive, technological, strategic and/or regulatory factors and other factors affecting the operation of the Company’s businesses, including the impact of COVID-19 and other widespread health emergencies or pandemics and measures to contain their spread. More detailed information about these factors is contained in the documents the Company has filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 filed with the SEC on August 10, 2021, and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Statements in this press release speak only as of the date they were made, and the Company undertakes no duty to update or release any revisions to any forward-looking statement made in this press release or to report any events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations, except as required by law.

To access a copy of this press release through the Internet, access Fox Corporation’s corporate website located at http://www.foxcorporation.com.

CONTACTS

 

Joe Dorrego, Investor Relations

   Brian Nick, Press Inquiries

212-852-7856

   310-369-3545

Dan Carey, Investor Relations

   Lauren Townsend, Press Inquiries

212-852-7955

   310-369-2729

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

     Three Months Ended
December 31,
     Six Months Ended
December 31,
 
     2021      2020      2021      2020  
     $ Millions, except per share amounts  

Revenues

   $     4,441      $     4,087      $     7,486          $ 6,804  

Operating expenses

     (3,667      (3,346      (5,238      (4,514

Selling, general and administrative

     (468      (442      (883      (830

Depreciation and amortization

     (93      (70      (172      (138

Impairment and restructuring charges

     -        -        -        (35

Interest expense, net

     (97      (97      (194      (195

Other, net4

     (211      172        (142      691  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

(Loss) income before income tax benefit (expense)

     (95      304        857        1,783  

Income tax benefit (expense)

     22        (74      (222      (436
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net (loss) income

     (73      230        635        1,347  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (12      (6      (19      (17
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net (loss) income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders

   $ (85    $ 224      $ 616      $ 1,330  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average shares:

     573        598        575        601  

Net (loss) income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders per share:

   $ (0.15    $ 0.37      $ 1.07      $ 2.21  

 

 

4 

Other, net presented above includes Equity losses of affiliates.

 

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

     December 31,
2021
    June 30,
2021
 
              
     $ Millions  

Assets:

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $     4,255     $     5,886  

Receivables, net

     2,952       2,029  

Inventories, net

     1,148       729  

Other

     159       105  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     8,514       8,749  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Non-current assets:

    

Property, plant and equipment, net

     1,650       1,708  

Intangible assets, net

     3,198       3,154  

Goodwill

     3,565       3,435  

Deferred tax assets

     3,675       3,822  

Other non-current assets

     2,276       2,058  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 22,878     $ 22,926  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Liabilities and Equity:

    

Current liabilities:

    

Borrowings

   $ 750     $ 749  

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     2,120       2,253  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     2,870       3,002  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities:

    

Borrowings

     7,204       7,202  

Other liabilities

     1,342       1,336  

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

     172       261  

Commitments and contingencies

    

Equity:

    

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value

     3       3  

Class B common stock, $0.01 par value

     3       3  

Additional paid-in capital

     9,265       9,453  

Retained earnings

     2,308       1,982  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (304     (318
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Fox Corporation stockholders’ equity

     11,275       11,123  

Noncontrolling interests

     15       2  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     11,290       11,125  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $       22,878     $       22,926  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

     Six Months Ended
December 31,
 
     2021     2020  
              
     $ Millions  

Operating Activities:

    

Net income

   $ 635     $ 1,347  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash (used in) provided by operating activities

    

Depreciation and amortization

     172       138  

Amortization of cable distribution investments

     9       11  

Impairment and restructuring charges

     -       35  

Equity-based compensation

     47       75  

Other, net

     142       (691

Deferred income taxes

     143       421  

Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions

    

Receivables and other assets

     (940     (1,011

Inventories net of program rights payable

     (494     (60

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

     (214     156  

Other changes, net

     (156     (184
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

     (656     237  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing Activities:

    

Property, plant and equipment

     (121     (242

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (229     -  

Proceeds from dispositions, net

     82       -  

Purchase of investments

     (28     (86

Other investing activities, net

     -       (1
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (296     (329
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing Activities:

    

Repurchase of shares

     (497     (416

Non-operating cash flows from The Walt Disney Company

     -       116  

Settlement of Divestiture Tax Prepayment

     -       462  

Dividends paid and distributions

     (150     (176

Other financing activities, net

     (32     (37
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (679     (51
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (1,631     (143

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

     5,886       4,645  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $       4,255     $       4,502  
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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NOTE 1 – ADJUSTED NET INCOME AND ADJUSTED EPS

The Company uses net income and earnings per share (“EPS”) attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders excluding net income effects of Impairment and restructuring charges, adjustments to Equity (losses) earnings of affiliates, Other, net, and tax provision adjustments (“Adjusted Net Income” and “Adjusted EPS” respectively) to evaluate the performance of the Company’s operations exclusive of certain items that impact the comparability of results from period to period.

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS are not measures of performance under GAAP and should be considered in addition to, and not as substitutes for, net income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders and EPS as reported in accordance with GAAP. However, management uses these measures in comparing the Company’s historical performance and believes that they provide meaningful and comparable information to management, investors and equity analysts to assist in their analysis of the Company’s performance relative to prior periods and the Company’s competitors.

The following table reconciles net income and EPS attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

     Three Months Ended  
     December 31, 2021      December 31, 2020  
     Income      EPS      Income      EPS  
                             
     $ Millions, except per share data  

Net (loss) income

   $ (73       $             230     

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (12         (6   
  

 

 

       

 

 

    

Net (loss) income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders

   $ (85    $ (0.15    $ 224      $         0.37  

Other, net5

     212        0.37        (175      (0.29

Tax provision

     (50      (0.09      44        0.07  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

As adjusted

   $               77      $             0.13      $ 93      $             0.16  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

5 

Other, net presented above excludes Equity losses of affiliates.

 

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NOTE 2 – ADJUSTED EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Revenues less Operating expenses and Selling, general and administrative expenses. Adjusted EBITDA does not include: Amortization of cable distribution investments, Depreciation and amortization, Impairment and restructuring charges, Interest expense, net, Other, net and Income tax (benefit) expense.

Management believes that information about Adjusted EBITDA assists all users of the Company’s Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of the Company’s portfolio of businesses separate from non-operational factors that affect net income, thus providing insight into both operations and the other factors that affect reported results. Adjusted EBITDA provides management, investors and equity analysts a measure to analyze the operating performance of the Company’s business and its enterprise value against historical data and competitors’ data, although historical results, including Adjusted EBITDA, may not be indicative of future results (as operating performance is highly contingent on many factors, including customer tastes and preferences and the impact of COVID-19 and other widespread health emergencies or pandemics and measures to contain their spread).

Adjusted EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP financial measure and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income, cash flow and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. In addition, this measure does not reflect cash available to fund requirements and excludes items, such as depreciation and amortization and impairment charges, which are significant components in assessing the Company’s financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The following table reconciles net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

     Three Months Ended
December 31,
     Six Months Ended
December 31,
 
     2021      2020      2021      2020  
                             
     $ Millions  

Net (loss) income

   $ (73    $ 230      $ 635      $ 1,347  

Add:

           

Amortization of cable distribution investments

     4        6        9        11  

Depreciation and amortization

     93        70        172        138  

Impairment and restructuring charges

     -        -        -        35  

Interest expense, net

     97        97        194        195  

Other, net

     211        (172      142        (691

Income tax (benefit) expense

     (22      74        222        436  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $           310      $           305      $         1,374      $     1,471  
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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