• Monthly dividend increased 6.25%
  • Net income attributable to shareholders up 3%
  • Basic earnings per share attributable to shareholders up 3%
  • Segment profit up 2%
  • Strong segment profit margins for Television (45%) and Radio (36%)

(January 14, 2013 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) announced its first quarter financial results today.

“Corus has delivered a solid first quarter, achieving double-digit segment profit growth in Radio, strong Women’s advertising sales, subscriber gains on Pay television and continued success in controlling costs, which was partially offset by soft results in our Kids business,” said John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment.  “Looking ahead, we expect our strong ratings momentum on Oprah Winfrey Network, ABC Spark and Nickelodeon will contribute to revenue growth as the fiscal year progresses.”

Financial Highlights    
     
  Three months ended
  November 30,
(unaudited – in thousands of Canadian dollars
except per share amounts)
2012  2011
Revenues    
  Television  173,823   185,027
  Radio  52,324   51,864
   226,147   236,891
Segment profit (1)    
  Television  78,698   80,495
  Radio  18,956   16,402
  Corporate  (4,961)  (5,683)
   92,693   91,214
     
Net income attributable to:    
Shareholders  52,159   50,548
Non-controlling interest  1,857   2,132
   54,016   52,680
     
Earnings per share attributable to shareholders:    
Basic $ 0.63 $ 0.61
Diluted $ 0.62 $ 0.61
     
Free cash flow (1)  37,885   24,059
     
(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Indicators in MD&A.

 

 

Consolidated Results from Continuing Operations

Consolidated revenues for the three months ended November 30, 2012 were $226.1 million, down 5% from $236.9 million last year.  Consolidated segment profit was $92.7 million, up 2% from $91.2 million last year.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the quarter was $52.2 million ($0.63 basic and $0.62 diluted per share), up 3% compared to $50.5 million ($0.61 basic and diluted per share) last year.

Operational Results – Highlights

Television

  • Segment revenues decreased 6%
  • Segment profit(1) decreased 2%
  • Specialty advertising revenues decreased 3%
  • Subscriber revenues increased 1%
  • Movie Central finished the quarter with 998,000 subscribers, up 22,000 from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012
  • Merchandising, distribution and other revenues decreased 25%
  • Segment profit margins of 45%

Radio

  • Segment revenues increased 1%
  • Segment profit(1) increased 16%
  • Segment profit margins of 36%

(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Indicators in MD&A.

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, children’s animation and animation software.  The Company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 37 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, 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 months ended November 30, 2012 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 January 15, 2013 at 4:00 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 1.800.909.4795 and for local/international callers is 416.641.6684.  PowerPoint slides for the call will be posted 15 minutes prior to the start of the call and can be found on the Corus Entertainment website at www.corusent.com in the Investor Relations section.

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, distribution, 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, distribution, 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