ESPN, A+E Help Disney Profit Grow
Advertising revenue down at ABC in quarter
By Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/8/2012 4:40:02 PM
Net income rose 14% to $1.24 billion, or 68 cents per share, from $1.89 billion, or 58 cents a share, a year ago.
Revenues rose 3% to $10.8 billion in the quarter.
For the full year, Disney's net income rose 18% to $5.7 billion, or $3.13 a share, from $4.8 billion, or $2.52 a share.
Revenues rose 3% to $42.3 billion.
"Fiscal 2012 was a great year creatively, financially and strategically, resulting in record revenue, net income, and earnings per share," CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. "We're confident the company is well positioned to continue our strong performance and growth."
In the fourth quarter, Disney's Media Networks group generated a 7% increase in operating income to $1.57 billion.
Revenues rose to 2% to $4.9 billion.
Operating income at Disney's cable networks rose 9% in the fourth quarter to $1.4 billion driven by growth at ESPN, higher equity income at A+E Networks and improvements at ABC Family, which had lower programming, marketing and sales costs.
Revenues rose 2% to $3.5 billion in the quarter.
Operating income for the broadcasting division in the fourth quarter fell 4% to $192 million. Advertising sales declined at the ABC Television Network because of lower ratings and there were bigger equity losses at Hulu. Those were partially offset by the program sales of Castle and Wipeout.
Broadcasting revenue rose 1% to $1.34 billion in the quarter.
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