* Earnings of 86 cents a share beat estimate of 82 cents
* Reports growth in cable revenue, declines in film unit
* Keeps financial outlook for 2012
By Liana B. Baker
Nov 7 Time Warner Inc posted a higher
third-quarter profit on Wednesday as growth in its cable
networks offset declines in its film and TV entertainment
Net income for the company, which owns a host of cable
networks, premium TV service HBO, magazines and a movie studio,
rose to $838 million, or 86 cents a share, from $822 million, or
78 cents a share, a year earlier.
The results beat the analysts' average estimate of 82 cents
per share compiled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Revenue fell 3 percent to $6.84 billion. Analysts were
expecting $6.89 billion.
The company affirmed its full-year outlook, which calls for
earnings growth, excluding special items, at a low double-digit
percentage rate from $2.89 a share last year. Analysts have
A day earlier, Time Warner peer Discovery Communications Inc
cut its revenue outlook for the year. [ID: nL1E8M620D]
Also on Tuesday, media company News Corp reported
strength in its cable unit, lifted by growth at regional sports
networks, the FX cable network and Fox news channel.
Time Warner logged a 4 percent revenue increase at its
networks division, which includes TNT, TBS, HBO and CNN. But the
growth stemmed from subscription revenue from cable operators,
while advertising in the segment fell 1 percent.
Revenue at the film and TV entertainment unit dropped 12
percent, or $400 million, from a year earlier, when the company
released "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the
final installment in the fantasy series.
Revenue in the publishing unit, whose titles include Time
and Sports Illustrated, declined 6 percent, or $51 million, as
advertising sales and subscription revenue fell.