Scripps Networks Interactive reports third quarter financial results

Scripps Networks Interactive reports third quarter financial results

  • Revenues of $566 million, up 12 percent
  • Segment profit of $251 million, up 15 percent
  • Income from continuing operations of $0.78 per share, up 20 percent

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (NYS: SNI) today reported operating results for the third quarter 2012.

Consolidated revenues for the quarter increased 12 percent to $566 million from the prior-year period. Results for the three-month period ended Sept. 30 reflect strong advertising revenue of $377 million, up 10 percent, and affiliate fee revenue of $175 million, up 18 percent year-over-year.

Expenses for the quarter increased 11 percent from the prior-year period to $315 million. The increase was driven primarily by higher employee costs and investments in planned domestic and international growth initiatives. Also contributing to the increase was higher marketing and promotional expenses to drive viewership at all of the company's lifestyle television networks.

Total segment profit increased 15 percent to $251 million. (See note 2 for a definition of segment profit).

Third quarter income from continuing operations attributable to Scripps Networks Interactive was $118 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, compared with $105 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, in the third quarter 2011.

"Our positive third quarter results demonstrate in a powerful way the ubiquitous nature of our popular lifestyle brands," said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Networks Interactive. "Our networks and related businesses engage millions of media consumers every day, not just on television, but on smart phones, tablets, newsstands and in thousands of retail outlets across America. We've established ourselves as clear leaders in our ability to influence consumer purchasing decisions in the home, food and travel categories. And in the process, we've created tremendous value for our shareholders," Lowe said.

Revenues by network were as follows:

  • Food Network was $199 million, up 11 percent.
  • HGTV was $195 million, up 8.1 percent.
  • Travel Channel was $68.9 million, up 10 percent.
  • DIY Network was $29.9 million, up 26 percent.
  • Cooking Channel was $21.6 million, up 31 percent.
  • Great American Country (GAC) was $6.9 million, up 15 percent.

Revenue from the company's digital businesses, which include its network-branded websites, was $27.7 million, up 12 percent.

Conference call

The senior management team of Scripps Networks Interactive will discuss the company's third quarter results during a telephone conference call at 10 a.m. ET today. Scripps Networks Interactive will offer a live webcast of the conference call. To access the webcast, visit www.scrippsnetworksinteractive.comand follow the Investors link at the top of the page. The webcast link can be found next to the microphone icon on the investor relations landing page.

To access the conference call by telephone, dial 800-230-1085 (U.S.) or 612-288-0337 (international) approximately ten minutes before the start of the call. Callers will need the name of the call, "SNI Third Quarter Earnings Call," to be granted access. Callers also will be asked to provide their name and company affiliation. The media and general public are granted access to the conference call on a listen-only basis.

A replay line will be open from 12:30 p.m. ET Nov. 1 until 11:59 p.m. ET Nov. 15. The domestic number to access the replay is 800-475-6701 and the international number is 320-365-3844. The access code for both numbers is 266000. A replay of the conference call also will be available online. To access the audio replay, visit approximately four hours after the call, choose Investors then follow the Audio Archives link on the top right side of the investor relations landing page.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements related to the company's businesses that are based on management's current expectations. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties, including changes in advertising demand and other economic conditions that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty. The company's written policy on forward-looking statements can be found on page F-3 of its 2011 Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date the statement is made.

About Scripps Networks Interactive

Scripps Networks Interactive is one of the leading developers of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online video, social media areas and e-commerce components on companion websites and broadband vertical channels. The company's media portfolio includes popular lifestyle television and Internet brands Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel and country music network Great American Country.

(unaudited) Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30,September 30,
(in thousands, except per share data)  2012  2011  Change  2012  2011  Change
Operating revenues$566,186$503,74412.4%$1,702,517$1,518,55912.1%

Cost of services, excluding depreciation and amortization of intangible assets

Selling, general and administrative(158,823)(137,710)15.3%(482,554)(415,466)16.1%

Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets

Gains (losses) on disposal of property and equipment  (16) 82     (102) 63   
Operating income222,072195,81713.4%695,448653,4146.4%
Interest expense(12,518)(9,157)36.7%(37,945)(26,348)44.0%
Equity in earnings of affiliates11,2407,03559.8%46,26729,71755.7%
Miscellaneous, net  1,667  (23,972)    12,689  (23,504)  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes222,461169,72331.1%716,459633,27913.1%
Provision for income taxes  (65,653) (33,183) 97.9%  (211,277) (174,866) 20.8%
Income from continuing operations, net of tax156,808136,54014.8%505,182458,41310.2%

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

    (6,552)      (61,252)  
Net income156,808129,98820.6%505,182397,16127.2%

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

  (38,398) (31,385) 22.3%  (129,505) (120,604) 7.4%
Net income attributable to SNI $118,410 $98,603  20.1% $375,677 $276,557  35.8%

Income from continuing operations attributable to SNI common shareholders per basic share of common stock

 $0.79 $0.65    $2.46 $2.03   

Income from continuing operations attributable to SNI common shareholders per diluted share of common stock

 $0.78 $0.65    $2.44 $2.02   
Weighted average basic shares outstanding  149,985  161,789     152,731  166,318   
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding  151,201  162,276     153,905  167,314   
Net income per share amounts may not foot since each is calculated independently.

As of

September 30,


December 31,



(in thousands, except per share data)

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$439,238$760,092

Accounts receivable (less allowances: 2012- $5,344; 2011- $5,000)

Programs and program licenses392,141336,305
Other current assets  71,203   66,549 
Total current assets1,432,7601,715,968
Property and equipment, net223,205219,845
Other intangible assets, net648,243556,095
Programs and program licenses (less current portion)367,642299,089
Unamortized network distribution incentives27,84246,239
Other non-current assets  149,248   158,683 
Total Assets $3,899,973  $3,961,670 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$9,422$12,482
Program rights payable42,42250,402
Customer deposits and unearned revenue38,27652,814
Employee compensation and benefits47,69449,920
Accrued marketing and advertising costs7,6626,838
Other accrued liabilities  64,440   60,443 
Total current liabilities209,916232,899
Deferred income taxes65,935100,002
Long-term debt1,384,1481,383,945
Other liabilities (less current portion)  209,964   148,429 
Total liabilities  1,869,963   1,865,275 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest  115,722   162,750 
SNI shareholders' equity:

Preferred stock, $.01 par - authorized: 25,000,000 shares; none outstanding

Common stock, $.01 par:

Class A - authorized: 240,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 2012 - 115,461,988 shares; 2011 - 122,828,359 shares


Voting - authorized: 60,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding: 2012 - 34,317,173 shares; 2011 - 34,317,173 shares

  343   343
Additional paid-in capital1,381,3621,346,429
Retained earnings272,750364,073
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)  (24,701)  (33,347)
Total SNI shareholders' equity1,630,9091,678,726
Noncontrolling interest  283,379   254,919 
Total equity  1,914,288   1,933,645 
Total Liabilities and Equity $3,899,973  $3,961,670 


 Nine months ended
September 30,
(in thousands) 


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