ENP Newswire - 08 August 2014
Release date- 07082014 - New York, NY - News Corporation ('News Corp' or the 'Company') (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) today reported financial results for the three months and fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.
Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Robert Thomson said:
'We finished our first full year as the new News Corp and made significant progress in achieving the mission we articulated at the outset - to be more global and more digital through organic growth, product launches and strategic acquisitions. Thanks to the exciting e-evolution of News Corp's leading global brands, we are enjoying enhanced engagement with our expanding paid audiences, underscoring the growth potential of our diverse portfolio.
In addition to acquiring Storyful in December, strengthening our video reach and depth, we completed the Harlequin acquisition last week - which brings an international digital platform to HarperCollins. REA, our digital real estate services company, continues to show impressive top- and bottom-line growth, while importantly, expanding to new markets - most recently in Southeast Asia through an investment in iProperty. While we are operating in a challenging advertising environment, our results highlight the diversification of our portfolio and our cost discipline, leading to improved free cash flow and a firm foundation for sustained growth.'
Full Year Results
The Company reported fiscal 2014 full year total revenues of $8.57 billion, a 4% decrease as compared to the prior year revenues of $8.89 billion. The majority of the revenue decline reflects lower advertising revenues at the News and Information Services segment, foreign currency 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 in November 2012 following the Consolidated Media Holdings ('CMH') acquisition, and strong performance in the Book Publishing and Digital Real Estate Services segments. Adjusted revenues (as defined in Note 1) were 1% lower than the prior year.
The Company reported full year Total Segment EBITDA of $770 million, a 12% increase as compared to $688 million in the prior year. These results include $72 million in fees and costs in fiscal 2014 and $183 million in fiscal 2013 - net of indemnification - related to the U.K. Newspaper Matters (as defined below). The improvement was also driven by the consolidation of FOX SPORTS Australia and the strong performance in the Book Publishing and Digital Real Estate Services segments, offset by adverse foreign currency fluctuations, declines at the News and Information Services segment and higher investment at Amplify compared to the prior year. Adjusted Total Segment EBITDA (as defined in Note 1) decreased 2% compared to the prior year.
Net income available to News Corporation stockholders was $237 million as compared to $506 million in the prior year, which included a non-taxable gain on the CMH and SKY Network Television Ltd. transactions within Other, net as well as impairment charges. Impairment and restructuring charges were $94 million and $1,737 million in the fiscal years ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Adjusted net income available to News Corporation stockholders (as defined in Note 3) was $268 million compared to $357 million in the prior year.
Net income per share available to News Corporation stockholders was $0.41 as compared to $0.87 in the prior year. Adjusted EPS (as defined in Note 3) were $0.46 compared to $0.62 in the prior year.
Free cash flow available to News Corporation improved by $293 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014 to $365 million, from $72 million in the prior year.
About News Corp
News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) is a global, diversified media and information services company focused on creating and distributing authoritative and engaging content to consumers throughout the world. The company comprises businesses across a range of media, including: news and information services, cable network programming in Australia, digital real estate services, book publishing, digital education, and pay-TV distribution in Australia. Headquartered in New York, the activities of News Corporation are conducted primarily in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. More information is available at: www.newscorp.com.