SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery, Inc. ("Discovery" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) today reported financial results for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019.

David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery said, "2019 was a year of promises made and promises delivered. We achieved more than $3 billion of free cash flow and brought leverage down to the low end of our target range of 3-3.5x net debt to Adjusted OIBDA. Our differentiated local content strategy and global scale, coupled with our unique free cash flow conversion profile, provide distinct financial flexibility that allows us to adapt to changing media consumption habits. Our Board's confidence in our strategic direction is highlighted by the recent authorization to repurchase up to an additional $2 billion of our shares."

Financial Highlights
Fourth Quarter 2019

  • Total revenues increased 2% to $2,874 million, or increased 4% ex-FX(1).
    • U.S. advertising and distribution revenues increased 1% and 5%, respectively; and
    • International advertising and distribution revenues increased 5% and 10%, respectively, ex-FX.
  • Net income available to Discovery, Inc. increased to $476 million and diluted EPS increased to $0.67 per share.
  • Adjusted OIBDA(2) decreased 8% to $1,105 million, or decreased 6% ex-FX.
  • Adjusted EPS(3) increased to $0.98 per diluted share.
  • Free cash flow(4) increased 27% to $1,132 million.
  • The Company repurchased 12 million Series C shares for $337 million, at an average price of $29.04 per share.

Full Year 2019

  • Total revenues increased 6% to $11,144 million, or increased 2% on a pro forma combined(5) ex-FX basis.
  • Net income available to Discovery, Inc. increased to $2,069 million and diluted EPS increased to $2.88 per share.
  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 12% to $4,671 million, or increased 7% on a pro forma combined ex-FX basis.
  • Adjusted EPS increased to $3.69 per diluted share.
  • Free cash flow increased 28% to $3,110 million.
  • The Company repurchased 23 million Series C shares for $637 million, at an average price of $27.49 per share.

 

Dollars in millions, except
per share amounts


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2019


2018


%
Change

Ex-FX


2019


2018


%
Change

Ex-FX

Pro Forma
Combined
Change

Ex-FX

Total Revenues


$

2,874



$

2,809



2

%

4

%


$

11,144



$

10,553



6

%

8

%

2

%

Net income available to
Discovery, Inc.


$

476



$

269



77

%



$

2,069



$

594



NM



U.S. Networks


925



964



(4)

%



4,117



3,500



18

%


10

%

International Networks


315



350



(10)

%

(4)

%


1,057



1,077



(2)

%

8

%

5

%

Total Adjusted OIBDA(6)


$

1,105



$

1,197



(8)

%

(6)

%


$

4,671



$

4,188



12

%

14

%

7

%

Diluted EPS


$

0.67



$

0.38



NM



$

2.88



$

0.86



NM



Adjusted EPS


$

0.98



$

0.82



20

%



$

3.69



$

2.91



27

%



Free Cash Flow


$

1,132



$

888



27

%



$

3,110



$

2,429



28

%



NM: Not meaningful
















 

Operational Highlights

  • In 2019, HGTV and Food Network launched in more than 30 new countries and territories combined as the Company continued to execute on its strategy to grow the global reach of the Scripps Networks.
  • Total share of viewing in 2019 for our top 10 international markets increased 2%, on average(7).
  • Established strong foothold across existing and new direct-to-consumer platforms in Europe, including Dplay in 10 markets(8), TVN Player in Poland, and Joyn(9) in Germany.
  • Discovery was the No. 1 most-watched pay TV portfolio in the U.S. among women 25-54 and 18+ for both primetime and total day in 2019(10).
  • TLC delivered its best year ever globally, improving both international share and viewership by 8%, and in the U.S., TLC was the fastest growing ad-supported cable network among women 25-54 and 18-49, with its best primetime performance in 16 years(11).

Segment Results

U.S. Networks

Dollars in millions


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018


%
Change


2019


2018


%
Change

Pro forma
Combined
Change

Advertising


$

1,051



$

1,041



1

%


$

4,245



$

3,749



13

%

3

%

Distribution


673



644



5

%


2,739



2,456



12

%

5

%

Other


28



37



(24)

%


108



145



(26)

%

(29)

%

Total Revenues


$

1,752



$

1,722



2

%


$

7,092



$

6,350



12

%

3

%

Costs of Revenues, Excluding
Depreciation & Amortization


503



451



12

%


1,800



1,748



3

%

(5)

%

Selling, General &
Administrative


324



307



6

%


1,175



1,102



7

%

(3)

%

Adjusted OIBDA


$

925



$

964



(4)

%


$

4,117



$

3,500



18

%

10

%

 

Fourth Quarter 2019

  • Revenues increased 2% to $1,752 million compared with the prior year's quarter.
    • Advertising revenue growth of 1% was primarily driven by increases in pricing and, to a lesser extent, the continued monetization of our digital content offerings and inventory, partially offset by lower overall ratings and secular declines in the pay TV ecosystem.
    • Distribution revenue growth of 5% was primarily driven by increases in contractual affiliate rates and additional carriage on virtual MVPD platforms, partially offset by a decline in linear subscribers.
    • Total portfolio subscribers for December 2019 were 5% lower than December 2018, while subscribers to the fully distributed networks were 3% lower.
       
  • Operating expenses increased 9% to $827 million.
    • Costs of revenues increased 12% primarily due to higher content spend.
    • SG&A expenses increased 6% primarily due to higher marketing and personnel expenses to support our direct-to-consumer initiatives.
       
  • Adjusted OIBDA decreased 4% to $925 million.

Full Year 2019

  • Revenues increased 12% to $7,092 million compared with the prior year. On a pro forma combined basis, revenues increased 3%.
    • Pro forma combined advertising revenue growth of 3% was primarily driven by increases in pricing and, to a lesser extent, the continued monetization of our digital content offerings and inventory, partially offset by lower overall ratings and secular declines in the pay TV ecosystem.
    • Pro forma combined distribution growth of 5% was primarily driven by increases in contractual affiliate rates and additional carriage on virtual MVPD platforms, partially offset by a decline in linear subscribers.
       
  • Operating expenses increased 4% to $2,975 million. On a pro forma combined basis, operating expenses decreased 4%.
    • Pro forma combined costs of revenues decreased 5% primarily due to content synergies realized from the integration of Scripps Networks.
    • Pro forma combined SG&A expenses decreased 3% primarily due to cost reductions in personnel, technology, and professional services fees, partially offset by higher marketing expenses to support our direct-to-consumer initiatives.
       
  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 18% to $4,117 million, or increased 10% on a pro forma combined basis.

International Networks

Dollars in millions


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018


%
Change

Ex-FX


2019


2018


%
Change

Ex-FX

Pro
Forma
Combined
Change
Ex-FX

Advertising


$

546



$

533



2

%

5

%


$

1,799



$

1,765



2

%

8

%

4

%

Distribution


531



505



5

%

10

%


2,096



2,082



1

%

7

%

5

%

Other


42



46



(9)

%

(8)

%


146



302



(52)

%

(48)

%

(50)

%

Total Revenues


$

1,119



$

1,084



3

%

7

%


$

4,041



$

4,149



(3)

%

3

%

%

Costs of Revenues, Excluding
Depreciation & Amortization


533



494



8

%

9

%


2,016



2,169



(7)

%

(3)

%

(6)

%

Selling, General &
Administrative


271



240



13

%

15

%


968



903



7

%

13

%

11

%

Adjusted OIBDA


$

315



$

350



(10)

%

(4)

%


$

1,057



$

1,077



(2)

%

8

%

5

%

 

Fourth Quarter 2019

  • Revenues increased 3% to $1,119 million, or increased 7% ex-FX, compared with the prior year's quarter.
    • Advertising revenues increased 5% ex-FX primarily driven by the consolidation of the UKTV Lifestyle Business(12) and growth in our direct-to-consumer initiatives.
    • Distribution revenues increased 10% ex-FX primarily driven by content licensing arrangements and higher affiliate rates in our Latin America business unit, and higher affiliate rates and monetization of direct-to-consumer initiatives in Europe and Asia.
       
  • Total operating expenses increased 10% to $804 million, or increased 11% ex-FX.
    • Ex-FX, costs of revenues increased 9% primarily due to investments in our direct-to-consumer initiatives and linear content, and, to a lesser extent, consolidation of the UKTV Lifestyle Business.
    • Ex-FX, SG&A increased 15% primarily due to investments in technology and personnel, as well as higher marketing expenses driven by subscriber acquisition costs for our direct-to-consumer initiatives.
       
  • Adjusted OIBDA decreased 10% to $315 million, or decreased 4% ex-FX.

Full Year 2019

  • Revenues decreased 3% to $4,041 million compared with the prior year. Ex-FX, revenues increased 3%. On a pro forma combined ex-FX basis, revenues were consistent with the prior year.
    • Pro forma combined ex-FX advertising growth of 4% was primarily driven by the consolidation of the UKTV Lifestyle Business, growth in our direct-to-consumer initiatives, and, to a lesser extent, higher pricing in certain European markets, partially offset by the impact of the Olympics in 2018.
    • Pro forma combined ex-FX distribution growth of 5% was primarily driven by content licensing arrangements, higher affiliate rates and new channel launches in our Latin America business unit, higher affiliate rates in Europe and monetization of direct-to-consumer initiatives in Europe and Asia.
       
  • Operating expenses decreased 3% to $2,984 million. Ex-FX, operating expenses increased 2%. On a pro forma combined ex-FX basis, operating expenses decreased 1%.
    • Pro forma combined ex-FX costs of revenues decreased 6% primarily due to rights and production costs for the Olympics in 2018, partially offset by investments in linear content and our direct-to-consumer initiatives, and the consolidation of the UKTV Lifestyle Business.
    • Pro forma combined ex-FX SG&A increased 11% primarily due to investments in technology and personnel, as well as higher marketing expenses driven by subscriber acquisition costs for our direct-to-consumer initiatives, partially offset by expenses incurred in the prior year for the Olympics and certain channel launches in Asia.
       
  • Adjusted OIBDA decreased 2% to $1,057 million. Ex-FX, Adjusted OIBDA increased 8%, or increased 5% on a pro forma combined ex-FX basis.

Corporate and Inter-Segment Eliminations
For the fourth quarter of 2019, Corporate Adjusted OIBDA decreased $19 million compared with the prior year's quarter, primarily due to investments in facilities and technology infrastructure, partially offset by lower professional services fees.

For full year 2019, Corporate Adjusted OIBDA decreased $115 million compared with the prior year, primarily due to investments in technology infrastructure and facilities, and higher professional services fees.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Consolidated Results

  • Total revenues increased 2% to $2,874 million, or increased 4% ex-FX, compared with the prior year's quarter.
  • Net income available to Discovery, Inc. increased to $476 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, primarily due to lower income tax expense and restructuring and other charges and higher operating revenues, partially offset by investments in direct-to-consumer initiatives.
  • Total Adjusted OIBDA decreased 8% to $1,105 million, as U.S. Networks Adjusted OIBDA decreased 4% and International Networks' Adjusted OIBDA decreased 10%. Ex-FX, total Adjusted OIBDA decreased 6% and International Networks Adjusted OIBDA decreased 4%.
  • Adjusted EPS increased to $0.98 compared with the prior year's quarter. Please refer to the table "Calculation of Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share" on page 16 for additional details.
  • Cash provided by operating activities increased 33% to $1,232 million reflecting improvements in cash efficiency and an increase in net income driven by lower restructuring and other charges and taxes. Capital expenditures increased $59 million to $100 million due to investments in technology infrastructure, software development, and facilities. Free cash flow increased 27% to $1,132 million primarily driven by improvements in cash efficiency, as well as lower restructuring and other charges and taxes, partially offset by an increase in digital investments and capital expenditures.

Full Year 2019 Consolidated Results

  • Total revenues increased 6% to $11,144 million, or increased 8% ex-FX, compared with the prior year. On a pro forma combined ex-FX basis, revenues increased 2%.
  • Net income available to Discovery, Inc. increased to $2,069 million, or $2.88 per diluted share, primarily due to lower restructuring and other charges, higher operating results and a one-time, non-cash tax benefit recognized in the second quarter of 2019, partially offset by a non-cash goodwill impairment charge in our Asia-Pacific region.
  • Total Adjusted OIBDA increased 12% to $4,671 million, as an 18% increase in U.S. Networks Adjusted OIBDA was partially offset by a $115 million decrease in Corporate Adjusted OIBDA and a 2% decrease in International Networks Adjusted OIBDA. Ex-FX, total Adjusted OIBDA increased 14% and International Networks Adjusted OIBDA increased 8%. On a pro forma combined ex-FX basis, total Adjusted OIBDA increased 7% as U.S. Networks Adjusted OIBDA increased 10% and International Networks increased 5%.
  • Adjusted EPS increased to $3.69 compared with the prior year. Please refer to the table "Calculation of Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share" on page 16 for additional details.
  • Cash provided by operating activities increased 32% to $3,399 million reflecting an increase in net income due to higher operating results and lower restructuring and other charges. Capital expenditures increased $142 million to $289 million primarily due to investments in technology infrastructure, software development, and facilities. Free cash flow increased 28% to $3,110 million primarily driven by lower restructuring and other charges, higher operating results, and improvements in cash efficiency, partially offset by an increase in digital investments and capital expenditures.

Other Items
Share Buyback
In February 2020, the Company's Board of Directors authorized additional common stock repurchases of up to $2 billion upon completion of the existing $1 billion authorization. Under the stock repurchase authorization, management is authorized to purchase shares from time to time through open market purchases at prevailing prices or privately negotiated purchases subject to market conditions and other factors.

Pursuant to the Board of Directors' April 2019 authorization to repurchase up to $1 billion shares, the Company  has repurchased approximately 23 million shares of its Series C common stock for a total of $637 million, at an average price of $27.49 per share, through December 31, 2019. The Company repurchased approximately 12 million shares of its Series C common stock for $337 million, at an average price of $29.04 per share in the fourth quarter of 2019.

2020 Outlook(13)
Discovery will provide forward-looking commentary in connection with this earnings announcement on its quarterly earnings conference call. Details on how to access the call and audio webcast are included below.

Conference Call Information
Discovery will host a conference call today, February 27, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss its full year and fourth quarter 2019 results. To listen to the call, visit https://corporate.discovery.com or dial 1-844-452-2811 inside the U.S. and 1-574-990-9832 outside of the U.S., using conference passcode: DISCA.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties and on information available to the Company as of the date hereof. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2019 and the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, expected to be filed today.

Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will" and "would" or similar words. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding investing in the Company's programming, strategic growth initiatives, and the effects of the Scripps Networks acquisition and related transactions. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

About Discovery, Inc.
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and in nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as Eurosport Player and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery's portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit https://corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)




Three Months Ended
December 31,


Twelve Months Ended
December 31,



2019


2018


2019


2018

Revenues:









Advertising


$

1,597



$

1,574



$

6,044



$

5,514


Distribution


1,204



1,149



4,835



4,538


Other


73



86



265



501


Total revenues


2,874



2,809



11,144



10,553


Costs and expenses:









Costs of revenues, excluding depreciation and amortization


1,037



946



3,819



3,935


Selling, general and administrative


793



657



2,788



2,620


Depreciation and amortization


333



397



1,347



1,398


Impairment of goodwill






155




Restructuring and other charges


6



98



26



750


(Gain) on disposition








(84)


Total costs and expenses


2,169



2,098



8,135



8,619


Operating income


705



711



3,009



1,934


Interest expense, net


(162)



(171)



(677)



(729)


Loss on extinguishment of debt






(28)




Income (loss) from equity investees, net


18



(10)



(2)



(63)


Other expense, net


2



(36)



(8)



(120)


Income before income taxes


563



494



2,294



1,022


Income tax expense


(52)



(195)



(81)



(341)


Net income


511



299



2,213



681


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests


(34)



(26)



(128)



(67)


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests


(1)



(4)



(16)



(20)


Net income available to Discovery, Inc.


$

476



$

269



$

2,069



$

594


Net income per share available to Discovery, Inc. Series A, B and C 
       common stockholders:









Basic


$

0.68



$

0.38



$

2.90



$

0.86


Diluted


$

0.67



$

0.38



$

2.88



$

0.86


Weighted average shares outstanding:









Basic


527



524



529



498


Diluted


702



715



711



688


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited; in millions, except par value)



December 31, 2019


December 31, 2018

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,552



$

986


Receivables, net

2,633



2,620


Content rights, net

579



313


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

453



312


Total current assets

5,217



4,231


Noncurrent content rights, net

3,129



3,069


Property and equipment, net

951



800


Goodwill

13,050



13,006


Intangible assets, net

8,667



9,674


Equity method investments, including note receivable

568



935


Other noncurrent assets

2,153



835


Total assets

$

33,735



$

32,550


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

463



$

325


Accrued liabilities

1,678



1,604


Deferred revenues

489



249


Current portion of debt

609



1,819


Total current liabilities

3,239



3,997


Noncurrent portion of debt

14,810



14,974


Deferred income taxes

1,691



1,811


Other noncurrent liabilities

2,029



1,251


Total liabilities

21,769



22,033


Commitments and contingencies




Redeemable noncontrolling interests

442



415


Equity:




Discovery, Inc. stockholders' equity:




Series A-1 convertible preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 8 shares authorized, issued, and
outstanding




Series C-1 convertible preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 6 shares authorized; 5 and 6
shares issued and outstanding




Series A common stock: $0.01 par value; 1,700 shares authorized; 161 and 160 shares
issued; and 158 and 157 shares outstanding

2



2


Series B convertible common stock: $0.01 par value; 100 shares authorized; 7 shares
issued and outstanding




Series C common stock: $0.01 par value; 2,000 shares authorized; 547 and 524 shares
issued; and 360 shares outstanding

5



5


Additional paid-in capital

10,747



10,647


Treasury stock, at cost: 190 and 167 shares

(7,374)



(6,737)


Retained earnings

7,333



5,254


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(822)



(785)


Total Discovery, Inc. stockholders' equity

9,891



8,386


Noncontrolling interests

1,633



1,716


Total equity

11,524



10,102


Total liabilities and equity

$

33,735



$

32,550


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited; in millions)



Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2019


2018

Operating Activities




Net income

$

2,213



$

681


Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:




Content rights amortization and impairment

2,853



3,288


Depreciation and amortization

1,347



1,398


Deferred income taxes

(504)



(131)


Impairment of goodwill

155




Share-based compensation expense

142



80


Equity in losses of equity method investee companies, net of cash distributions

62



138


Unrealized loss (gain) from derivative instruments, net

62



(15)


Loss on extinguishment of debt

28




Remeasurement gain on previously held equity interests

(14)




Realized (gain) loss from derivative instruments, net

(14)




(Gain) loss on disposition



(84)


Other, net

42



141


Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions:




Receivables, net

(7)



(84)


Content rights and payables, net

(3,060)



(2,883)


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

122



(74)


Prepaid income taxes and income taxes receivable

4



57


Foreign currency and other, net

(32)



64


Cash provided by operating activities

3,399



2,576


Investing Activities




Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(73)



(8,565)


Investments in and advances to equity investments

(254)



(61)


Purchases of property and equipment

(289)



(147)


Proceeds from dissolution of joint venture and sale of investments

125




Proceeds from (payments for) derivative instruments, net

54



(2)


Proceeds from sale of assets

4



68


Proceeds from dispositions, net of cash disposed



107


Distributions from equity method investees



1


Other investing activities, net

(5)



6


Cash used in investing activities

(438)



(8,593)


Financing Activities




Principal repayments of debt, including discount payment and premiums to par value

(2,658)



(16)


Borrowings from debt, net of discount and including premiums

1,479




Borrowings under term loan facilities



2,000


Principal repayments of term loans



(2,000)


Repurchases of stock

(633)




Distributions to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests

(250)



(76)


Principal repayments of revolving credit facility

(225)



(200)


Principal repayments of finance lease obligations

(44)



(50)


Hedge of borrowings from debt instruments

(18)




(Repayments) borrowings under program financing line of credit, net

(12)



22


Share-based plan (payments) proceeds, net

(2)



54


Commercial paper repayments, net



(5)


Other financing activities, net

6



(12)


Cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(2,357)



(283)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(38)



(23)


Net change in cash and cash equivalents

566



(6,323)


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

986



7,309


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

1,552



$

986



 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

(unaudited; in millions)



Three Months Ended December 31, 2019


U.S.
Networks


International
Networks


Other


Corporate
and Inter-
Segment
Eliminations


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.









$

476


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests









1


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests









34


Income tax expense









52


Other expense, net









(2)


(Income) from equity investees, net









(18)


Interest expense, net









162


Operating income (loss)

$

689



$

224



$

6



$

(214)



$

705


Restructuring and other charges

4



5





(3)



6


Depreciation and amortization

227



87





19



333


Employee share-based compensation







57



57


Transaction and integration costs







4



4


   Inter-segment eliminations

5



(1)



(5)



1




Total Adjusted OIBDA

$

925



$

315



$

1



$

(136)



$

1,105


 

 


Three Months Ended December 31, 2018


U.S.
Networks


International
Networks


Other


Corporate
and Inter-
Segment
Eliminations


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.









$

269


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests









4


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests









26


Income tax expense









195


Other expense, net









36


Loss from equity investees, net









10


Interest expense, net









171


Operating income (loss)

$

601



$

217



$

6



$

(113)



$

711


Restructuring and other charges

63



45





(10)



98


Depreciation and amortization

294



83



(1)



21



397


Employee share-based compensation

(1)







(11)



(12)


Transaction and integration costs

7







(4)



3


(Gain) loss on disposition





(1)



1




   Inter-segment eliminations



5



(4)



(1)




Total Adjusted OIBDA

$

964



$

350



$



$

(117)



$

1,197


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

(unaudited; in millions)



Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019


U.S.
Networks


International
Networks


Other


Corporate
and Inter-
Segment
Eliminations


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.









$

2,069


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests









16


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests









128


Income tax expense









81


Other expense, net









8


Loss on extinguishment of debt









28


Loss from equity investees, net









2


Interest expense, net









677


Operating income (loss)

$

3,145



$

563



$

17



$

(716)



$

3,009


Restructuring and other charges

15



20





(9)



26


Impairment of goodwill



155







155


Depreciation and amortization

950



328





69



1,347


Employee share-based compensation







137



137


Transaction and integration costs







26



26


Settlement of a withholding tax claim



(29)







(29)


Inter-segment eliminations

7



20



(13)



(14)




Total Adjusted OIBDA

$

4,117



$

1,057



$

4



$

(507)



$

4,671


 

 


Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2018


U.S.
Networks


International
Networks


Other


Corporate
and Inter-
Segment
Eliminations


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.









$

594


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests









20


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests









67


Income tax expense









341


Other expense, net









120


Loss from equity investees, net









63


Interest expense, net









729


Operating income (loss)

$

2,182



$

434



$

97



$

(779)



$

1,934


Restructuring and other charges

322



307



1



120



750


Depreciation and amortization

985



315



2



96



1,398


Employee share-based compensation

(1)







81



80


Transaction and integration costs

14



3





93



110


(Gain) loss on disposition





(85)



1



(84)


Inter-segment eliminations

(2)



18



(12)



(4)




Total Adjusted OIBDA

$

3,500



$

1,077



$

3



$

(392)



$

4,188



 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

UNAUDITED SELECTED PRO FORMA FINANCIALS(a)

(unaudited; amounts in millions)




TOTAL COMPANY REPORTED AND PRO FORMA FINANCIAL RESULTS




Twelve Months Ended December 31,











2019


2018


Actual
Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change
Ex-FX(b)



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%


%

Advertising


$

6,044



$

5,514


$

425


$

5,939



$

530


10

%


$

105


2

%


3

%

Distribution


4,835



4,538


178


4,716



297


7

%


119


3

%


5

%

Other


265



501


20


521



(236)


(47)

%


(256)


(49)

%


(47)

%

Total revenues


11,144



10,553


623


11,176



591


6

%


(32)


%


2

%

Costs of revenues, excluding
depreciation and amortization


3,819



3,935


205


4,140



(116)


(3)

%


(321)


(8)

%


(6)

%

Selling, general and administrative


2,654



2,430


155


2,585



224


9

%


69


3

%


5

%

Adjusted OIBDA(c)


$

4,671



$

4,188


$

263


$

4,451



$

483


12

%


$

220


5

%


7

%

 

 

RECONCILIATION OF TOTAL COMPANY REPORTED AND PRO FORMA OPERATING INCOME TO ADJUSTED
OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION




Twelve Months Ended December 31,









2019


2018


Actual Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%

Operating income


$

3,009



$

1,934


$

352


$

2,286



$

1,075


56

%


$

723


32

%

Restructuring and other charges


26



750


10


760



(724)


(97)

%


(734)


(97)

%

Impairment of goodwill


155







155


NM


155


NM

Depreciation and amortization


1,347



1,398


(76)


1,322



(51)


(4)

%


25


2

%

Employee share-based compensation


137



80


5


85



57


71

%


52


61

%

Transaction and integration costs


26



110


(28)


82



(84)


(76)

%


(56)


(68)

%

Settlement of a withholding tax claim


(29)







(29)


NM


(29)


NM

(Gain) on disposition




(84)



(84)



84


NM


84


NM

Adjusted OIBDA


$

4,671



$

4,188


$

263


$

4,451



$

483


12

%


$

220


5

%

 

(a)

Pro forma combined is defined as the results of the Company as if the acquisition of Scripps Networks had occurred on January 1, 2017. Refer to page 18 for adjustments to our pro forma combined results.

(b)

Refer to page 17 for our methodology for calculating growth rates excluding the impact of foreign currency.

(c)

Refer to page 17 for our full definition of Adjusted OIBDA.

NM: Not Meaningful

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

UNAUDITED SELECTED PRO FORMA FINANCIALS(d)

(unaudited; amounts in millions)




U.S. NETWORKS REPORTED AND PRO FORMA FINANCIAL RESULTS




Twelve Months Ended December 31,









2019


2018


Actual Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%

Advertising


$

4,245



$

3,749


$

356


$

4,105



$

496


13

%


$

140


3

%

Distribution


2,739



2,456


156


2,612



283


12

%


127


5

%

Other


108



145


7


152



(37)


(26)

%


(44)


(29)

%

Total revenues


7,092



6,350


519


6,869



742


12

%


223


3

%

Costs of revenues, excluding
depreciation and amortization


1,800



1,748


153


1,901



52


3

%


(101)


(5)

%

Selling, general and administrative


1,175



1,102


111


1,213



73


7

%


(38)


(3)

%

Adjusted OIBDA(e)


$

4,117



$

3,500


$

255


$

3,755



$

617


18

%


$

362


10

%

 

RECONCILIATION OF U.S. NETWORKS REPORTED AND PRO FORMA OPERATING INCOME TO ADJUSTED
OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION




Twelve Months Ended December 31,









2019


2018


Actual Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%

Operating income


$

3,145



$

2,182


$

350


$

2,532



$

963


44

%


$

613


24

%

Employee share-based compensation




(1)



(1)



1


NM


1


NM

Depreciation and amortization


950



985


(95)


890



(35)


(4)

%


60


7

%

Restructuring and other charges


15



322


5


327



(307)


(95)

%


(312)


(95)

%

Transactions and integration costs




14



14



(14)


NM


(14)


NM

Inter-segment eliminations


7



(2)


(5)


(7)



9


NM


14


NM

Adjusted OIBDA


$

4,117



$

3,500


$

255


$

3,755



$

617


18

%


$

362


10

%

 

(d)

Pro forma combined is defined as the results of the Company as if the acquisition of Scripps Networks had occurred on January 1, 2017. Refer to page 18 for adjustments to our pro forma combined results.

(e)

Refer to page 17 for our full definition of Adjusted OIBDA.

NM: Not Meaningful

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

UNAUDITED SELECTED PRO FORMA FINANCIALS(f)

(unaudited; amounts in millions)




INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS REPORTED AND PRO FORMA FINANCIAL RESULTS 




Twelve Months Ended December 31,











2019


2018


Actual
Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change


Pro
Forma
Combined
Change
Ex-FX(g)



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%


%

Advertising


$

1,799



$

1,765


$

69


$

1,834



$

34


2

%


$

(35)


(2)

%


4

%

Distribution


2,096



2,082


22


2,104



14


1

%


(8)


%


5

%

Other


146



302


13


315



(156)


(52)

%


(169)


(54)

%


(50)

%

Total revenues


4,041



4,149


104


4,253



(108)


(3)

%


(212)


(5)

%


%

Costs of revenues, excluding
depreciation and amortization


2,016



2,169


52


2,221



(153)


(7)

%


(205)


(9)

%


(6)

%

Selling, general and administrative


968



903


27


930



65


7

%


38


4

%


11

%

Adjusted OIBDA(h)


$

1,057



$

1,077


$

25


$

1,102



$

(20)


(2)

%


$

(45)


(4)

%


5

%

 

RECONCILIATION OF INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS OPERATING INCOME TO PRO FORMA ADJUSTED
OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION




Twelve Months Ended December 31,









2019


2018


Actual Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%

Operating income


$

563



$

434


$


$

434



$

129


30

%


$

129


30

%

Depreciation and amortization


328



315


19


334



13


4

%


(6)


(2)

%

Impairment of goodwill


155







155


NM


155


NM

Restructuring and other charges


20



307


2


309



(287)


(93)

%


(289)


(94)

%

Transaction and integration costs




3



3



(3)


NM


(3)


NM

Inter-segment eliminations


20



18


4


22



2


11

%


(2)


(9)

%

Settlement of a withholding tax claim


(29)







(29)


NM


(29)


NM

Adjusted OIBDA


$

1,057



$

1,077


$

25


$

1,102



$

(20)


(2)

%


$

(45)


(4)

%

 

(f)

Pro forma combined is defined as the results of the Company as if the acquisition of Scripps Networks had occurred on January 1, 2017. Refer to page 18 for adjustments to our pro forma combined results.

(g)

Refer to page 17 for our methodology for calculating growth rates excluding the impact of foreign currency.

(h)

Refer to page 17 for our full definition of Adjusted OIBDA.

NM: Not Meaningful

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

UNAUDITED SELECTED PRO FORMA FINANCIALS(i)

(unaudited; amounts in millions)




CORPORATE AND INTER-SEGMENT ELIMINATIONS REPORTED AND PRO FORMA FINANCIAL RESULTS




Twelve Months Ended December 31,









2019


2018


Actual Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%

Costs of revenues, excluding
depreciation and amortization


$

2



$

1


$


$

1



$

1


NM


$

1


NM

Selling, general and administrative


505



391


21


412



114


29

%


93


23

%

Adjusted OIBDA(j)


$

(507)



$

(392)


$

(21)


$

(413)



$

(115)


(29)

%


$

(94)


(23)

%

 

RECONCILIATION OF CORPORATE AND INTER-SEGMENT ELIMINATIONS OPERATING INCOME TO PRO
FORMA ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION




Twelve Months Ended December 31,









2019


2018


Actual Change


Pro Forma
Combined
Change



Actual


Actual

Pro Forma
Adjustments

Pro Forma
Combined


$

%


$

%

Operating loss


$

(716)



$

(779)


$

2


$

(777)



$

63


(8)

%


$

61


(8)

%

Employee share-based compensation


137



81


1


82



56


69

%


55


67

%

Depreciation and amortization


69



96



96



(27)


(28)

%


(27)


(28)

%

Restructuring and other charges


(9)



120


3


123



(129)


NM


(132)


NM

Transaction and integration costs


26



93


(28)


65



(67)


(72)

%


(39)


(60)

%

Loss on disposition




1



1



(1)


NM


(1)


NM

Inter-segment eliminations


(14)



(4)


1


(3)



(10)


NM


(11)


NM

Adjusted OIBDA


$

(507)



$

(392)


$

(21)


$

(413)



$

(115)


(29)

%


$

(94)


(23)

%

 

(i)

Pro forma combined is defined as the results of the Company as if the acquisition of Scripps Networks had occurred on January 1, 2017. Refer to page 18 for adjustments to our pro forma combined results.

(j)

Refer to page 17 for our full definition of Adjusted OIBDA.

NM: Not Meaningful


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

SELECTED FINANCIAL DETAIL

(unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)




CALCULATION OF ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER DILUTED SHARE




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018


$ Change

%
Change


2019


2018


$ Change

%
Change

Diluted net income per share allocated to
Discovery, Inc. Series A, B and C
common stockholders:


$

0.67



$

0.38



$

0.29


76

%


$

2.88



$

0.86



$

2.02


NM

Per share impacts, net of tax:















Amortization of acquisition-related
intangible assets


0.29



0.36



(0.07)


(19)

%


1.21



1.25



(0.04)


(3)

%

Restructuring and other charges


0.01



0.08



(0.07)


(88)

%


0.05



0.89



(0.84)


(94)

%

Legal entity restructuring, deferred
tax impact


0.01





0.01


NM


(0.63)





(0.63)


NM

Impairment of goodwill







%


0.22





0.22


NM

Settlement of a withholding tax claim







%


(0.04)





(0.04)


NM

Gain on sale of Education business







%




(0.09)



0.09


NM

Adjusted earnings per diluted share


$

0.98



$

0.82



$

0.16


20

%


$

3.69



$

2.91



$

0.78


27

%

 

CALCULATION OF FREE CASH FLOW




Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2019


2018


$ Change


% Change


2019


2018


$ Change


% Change

Cash provided by operating
activities


$

1,232



$

929



$

303



33

%


$

3,399



$

2,576



$

823



32

%

Purchases of property and
equipment


(100)



(41)



(59)



NM


(289)



(147)



(142)



(97)

%

Free cash flow


$

1,132



$

888



$

244



27

%


$

3,110



$

2,429



$

681



28

%

NM: Not Meaningful

















 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") provided in this release, the Company has presented Adjusted OIBDA, Adjusted EPS and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, operating income, net income, earnings per diluted share and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.  Please review the supplemental financial schedules for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Definitions and Sources
(1) Methodology for Calculating Growth Rates Excluding the Impact of Currency Effects: The impact of exchange rates on our business is an important factor in understanding period-to-period comparisons of our results. For example, our international revenues are favorably impacted as the U.S. dollar weakens relative to other foreign currencies, and unfavorably impacted as the U.S. dollar strengthens relative to other foreign currencies. We believe the presentation of results on a constant currency basis ("ex-FX"), in addition to results reported in accordance with GAAP, provides useful information about our operating performance because the presentation ex-FX excludes the effects of foreign currency volatility and highlights our core operating results. The presentation of results on a constant currency basis should be considered in addition to, but not a substitute for, measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.

The ex-FX change represents the percentage change on a period-over-period basis adjusted for foreign currency impacts. The ex-FX change is calculated as the difference between the current year amounts translated at a baseline rate, which is a spot rate for each of our currencies determined early in the fiscal year as part of our forecasting process (the "2019 Baseline Rate"), and the prior year amounts translated at the same 2019 Baseline Rate.

In addition, consistent with the assumption of a constant currency environment, our ex-FX results exclude the impact of our foreign currency hedging activities, as well as realized and unrealized foreign currency transaction gains and losses. Results on a constant currency basis, as we present them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(2) Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Excluding the Impact of Currency Effects: The Company evaluates the operating performance of its segments based on financial measures such as revenues and Adjusted OIBDA. Adjusted OIBDA is defined as operating income excluding: (i) employee share-based compensation, (ii) depreciation and amortization, (iii) restructuring and other charges, (iv) certain impairment charges, (v) gains and losses on business and asset dispositions, (vi) certain inter-segment eliminations related to production studios, (vii) third-party transaction costs directly related to the acquisition and integration of Scripps Networks and other transactions, and (viii) other items impacting comparability.

The Company uses this measure to assess the operating results and performance of its segments, perform analytical comparisons, identify strategies to improve performance and allocate resources to each segment. The Company believes Adjusted OIBDA is relevant to investors because it allows them to analyze the operating performance of each segment using the same metric management uses.

The Company excludes share-based compensation, restructuring and other charges, certain impairment charges, gains and losses on business and asset dispositions and the Scripps Networks transaction and integration costs from selling, general and administrative expenses for the calculation of Adjusted OIBDA due to their impact on comparability between periods. The Company also excludes depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, as these amounts do not represent cash payments in the current reporting period. Certain corporate expenses are excluded from segment results to enable executive management to evaluate segment performance based upon the decisions of segment executives. Adjusted OIBDA should be considered in addition to, but not a substitute for, operating income, net income and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Refer to the comments in footnote 2 for the methodology to calculate growth rates excluding foreign currency effects.

Effective January 1, 2019, our definition of Adjusted OIBDA was modified to exclude all employee share-based compensation, whereas only mark-to-market share-based compensation was excluded previously. Over time, the Company has moved to a higher percentage of equity-classified awards (in lieu of liability-classified awards, which require mark-to-market accounting) under its stock incentive plans and expects to continue this action in future periods. Since most equity classified awards are non-cash expenses not entirely under management control, the Company has elected to exclude all share-based compensation from Adjusted OIBDA beginning in 2019. The revised definition of Adjusted OIBDA will be used by our chief operating decision maker in evaluating segment performance in 2019. Accordingly, prior period amounts have been recast to reflect the current definition.

(3) Adjusted EPS: The Company defines Adjusted EPS as earnings excluding the impact of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and meaningful one-time items, per diluted share. The Company believes Adjusted EPS is relevant to investors because this metric allows them to evaluate the performance of the Company's operations exclusive of the non-cash amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and meaningful one-time items that impact the comparability of results from period to period.

(4) Free Cash Flow: The Company defines free cash flow as cash flow from operations less acquisitions of property and equipment. The Company uses free cash flow as it believes it is an important indicator for management and investors of the Company's liquidity, including its ability to reduce debt, make strategic investments and return capital to stockholders.

(5) Pro Forma Combined: This press release compares our actual results for the year ended December 31, 2019 to the year ended December 31, 2018, as well as our actual results for the year ended December 31, 2019 to pro forma combined results for the year ended December 31, 2018, as if the Scripps Networks acquisition occurred on January 1, 2017. Scripps Networks was acquired on March 6, 2018. Management believes reviewing our actual operating results in addition to combined pro forma results is useful in identifying trends in, or reaching conclusions regarding, the overall operating performance of our businesses. Our combined U.S. Networks, International Networks and Corporate and Inter-Segment Eliminations pro forma information is based on the historical operating results of the respective businesses as applicable to each segment and includes adjustments directly attributable to the prior year Scripps Networks acquisition as if it had occurred on January 1, 2017, such as:

  1. The impact of the purchase price allocation to the fair value of assets, liabilities, and noncontrolling interests, such as intangible amortization;
  2. Adjustments to remove items associated with the acquisition of Scripps Networks that will not have a continuing impact on the combined entity, such as transaction costs and the impact of employee retention agreements; and
  3. Changes to align accounting policies.

Adjustments do not include costs related to integration activities, cost savings or synergies that have been or may be achieved by the combined businesses. Pro forma amounts are not necessarily indicative of what our results would have been had we operated Scripps Networks since January 1, 2017 and should not be taken as indicative of the Company's future consolidated results of operations.

(6) Financial Highlights Table: This table presents a selection of the Company's financial results. Because the table as shown excludes the "Other" and "Corporate and Inter-Segment Eliminations" operating segments, total Adjusted OIBDA will not foot.

(7) Source: Total Audience Measurement among all individuals for the top-ten markets as ranked by advertising revenues. Share percent is defined as the share of viewing to all TV channels in a market, except in the Nordic region. In the Nordic region, share percent is defined as the share of viewing for commercial channels only. Change in share percent is calculated by adjusting the prior year to include any newly acquired channels, as if the acquisitions had occurred on January 1, 2017.

(8) DPlay: As of December 31, 2019, DPlay is available in 10 markets including Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

(9) Joyn: Joyn GmbH is a 50/50 joint venture of ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery and is unconsolidated for reporting purposes.

(10) Source: Nielsen, 2019 (12/31/2018-12/29/2019). Primetime is 8pm-11pm and Total Day is 6am-6am. Live+7-day. Duration-weighted delivery: "Most Watched".

(11) Source: Nielsen, 2019 (12/31/2018-12/29/2019). Primetime is 8pm-11pm. Data based on program based daypart (000s). Live+3-day. "Fastest Growing" includes networks with 70,000+ UE. Prior to 2005 only Live Data is available.

(12) UKTV Lifestyle Business: In June 2019, the Company and BBC dissolved their 50/50 joint venture, UKTV, a British multi-channel broadcaster, with the Company taking full control of UKTV's three lifestyle channels and BBC taking full control of UKTV's seven entertainment channels.

(13) 2020 Outlook: Discovery does not expect to be able to provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP forward-looking commentary to comparable GAAP measures as, at this time, the Company cannot determine the occurrence or impact of the adjustments, such as the effect of future changes in foreign currency exchange rates or future acquisitions or divestitures that would be excluded from such GAAP measures.

 

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