Time Warner reported higher fourth-quarter earnings even as
revenue remained virtually unchanged.
Net income was $1.2 billion, or $1.21 a share, up from $773
million, or 78 cents a share, a year ago.
Fourth-quarter revenues were flat at $8.2 billion.
Adjusted earnings were $1.17 per share, higher than forecast
by Wall Street analysts. Analysts were expecting higher revenue for the quarter.
The company's networks division had higher profits, with ad
and affiliate revenue increasing.
For 2013, the company said it expected adjusted earnings per
share growth to be in the low double-digit range, taking into account $60
million in restructuring charges at its Time Inc. magazine division.
Time Warner also said that it increased its cash dividend by
11%, paying $1.15 a share quarterly, up from $1.04 a share.
Summing up the year, CEO Jeff Bewkes noted that Time Warner's
networks, film and TV entertainment segments achieved record profits. "At the
same time, we continued to expand our TV Everywhere offerings at Turner and
HBO, put the full weight of Warner Bros. behind the UltraViolet home
entertainment industry standard for storing digital movies in the cloud and launched
digital subscriptions for Time Inc.'s domestic magazines on all major tablet
platforms," he said.
Time Warner's networks division, which includes Turner
Broadcasting and HBO, reported that adjusted operating income rose 17% to $1.3
billion because of increased revenue and lower expenses, including lower
Revenues increased 5% to $3.7 billion. Ad revenues rose 3%
and subscription revenues rose 7%. Content revenues were down 9%.
Time Warner said it bought 80.4 million of its shares for
$3.3 billion in 2012, including 24 million shares for $1.1 billion since Nov.
7. The company's board has authorized a new $4 billion stock repurchase
program, beginning Jan. 1.