• Specialty advertising revenue growth of 22% in the fourth quarter and 9% for the fiscal year
  • Radio advertising growth of 6% in the fourth quarter
  • Subscriber growth of 6% in the fourth quarter and 10% for the fiscal year
  • Segment profit up 5% for the fiscal year and achieved within stated guidance range, despite additional regulatory fees and copyright tariffs of almost $7 million over the same period
  • Consolidated revenues increase 4% in the fourth quarter and 6% for the fiscal year

(October 27, 2010 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) announced its fourth quarter and year-end financial results today.

“The advertising recovery continued in the fourth quarter, particularly for our Specialty assets.  This continues a trend we have seen for three successive quarters,” said John Cassaday, President and CEO of Corus Entertainment. “We have also seen a return to growth in western Canada radio markets.  Corus is well positioned to meet its guidance once again for fiscal 2011.  Ad markets continue to track well and we will benefit from our investment in technology at our newly opened Corus Quay facilities at Toronto’s waterfront.”

 

Financial Highlights        
         
  Three months ended Twelve months ended
(unaudited in thousands of Canadian dollars except per share amounts) August 31, August 31,
  2010  2009 2010  2009
Revenues        
  Radio  62,934   59,941  261,124   258,912
  Television  139,855   135,488  575,097   530,014
  Eliminations  –   (208)  –   (208)
   202,789   195,221  836,221   788,718
Segment profit        
  Radio  13,265   15,145  65,531   60,338
  Television  46,955   46,712  226,679   209,145
  Corporate  (8,639)  (4,434)  (28,141)  (18,293)
   51,581   57,423  264,069   251,190
         
Net income (loss)  6,812   18,733  126,734   (56,635)
Earnings (loss) per share        
  Basic $ 0.08 $ 0.23 $ 1.57 $ (0.71)
  Diluted $ 0.08 $ 0.23 $ 1.56 $ (0.71)

 

Consolidated Results

Consolidated revenues for the three months ended August 31, 2010 were $202.8 million, up 4% from $195.2 million last year.  Consolidated segment profit was $51.6 million, down 10% from $57.4 million last year.  Net income for the quarter was $6.8 million ($0.08 basic and diluted), compared to net income of $18.7 million ($0.23 basic and diluted) last year. Net income for the current year’s quarter includes a Radio tariff accrual of $7.9 million ($0.06 per basic share) and restructuring charges of $12.9 million ($0.10 per basic share).

Consolidated revenues for the twelve months ended August 31, 2010 were $836.2 million, up 6% from $788.7 million last year.  Consolidated segment profit was $264.1 million, up 5% from $251.2 million last year.  Net income for the fiscal year was $126.7 million ($1.57 basic and $1.56 diluted), compared to a net loss of $56.6 million (loss of $0.71 basic and diluted) last year.  Net income for the prior year includes a $172.5 million ($2.15 per basic share) after-tax broadcast license and goodwill impairment charge.

Corus Entertainment Inc. reports in Canadian dollars.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company.  Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation.  The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI, 98.5 FM, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge.  Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms.  A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B).  Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

The unaudited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes for the three and twelve months ended August 31, 2010 and Management’s Discussion and Analysis are available on the Company’s website at www.corusent.com in the Investor Relations section.

A conference call with Corus senior management is scheduled for October 27, 2010 at 4 p.m. ET.  While this call is directed at analysts and investors, members of the media are welcome to listen in.  The dial-in number for the conference call for North America is 1.800.919.1728 and for local/international callers is 416.981.9025.  PowerPoint slides for the call will be posted at 3:45 p.m. ET on October 27, 2010 and can be found on the Corus Entertainment website at www.corusent.com in the Investor Relations section.

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This press release contains forward-looking information and should be read subject to the following cautionary language:

To the extent any statements made in this report contain information that is not historical, these statements are forward-looking statements and may be forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively, “forward-looking statements”).  These forward-looking statements related to, among other things, our objectives, goals, strategies, intentions, plans, estimates and outlook, including advertising, program, merchandise and subscription revenues, operating costs and tariffs, taxes and fees, and can generally be identified by the use of the words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “will”, “may” and other similar expressions.  In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements.  Although Corus believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.  Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements, including without limitation factors and assumptions regarding advertising, program, merchandise and subscription revenues, operating costs and tariffs, taxes and fees and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include, among other things: our ability to attract and retain advertising revenues; audience acceptance of our television programs and cable networks; our ability to recoup production costs, the availability of tax credits and the existence of co-production treaties; our ability to compete in any of the industries in which we do business; the opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to and pursued by us; conditions in the entertainment, information and communications industries and technological developments therein; changes in laws or regulations or the interpretation or application of those laws and regulations; our ability to integrate and realize anticipated benefits from our acquisitions and to effectively manage our growth; our ability to successfully defend ourselves against litigation matters arising out of the ordinary course of business;  and changes in accounting standards. Additional information about these factors and about the material assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements may be found in our Annual Information Form.  Corus cautions that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive.  When relying on our forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to Corus, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, we disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, events or circumstances that arise after the date thereof or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:

John Cassaday
President and Chief Executive Officer
Corus Entertainment Inc.
416.479.6018

Tom Peddie
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Corus Entertainment Inc.
416.479.6080

Sally Tindal
Director, Communications
Corus Entertainment Inc.
416.479.6107