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  • Specialty advertising revenues up 6% in the quarter and 2% for the fiscal year
  • Consolidated segment profit down 11% in the quarter and 7% for the fiscal year
  • Strong segment profit margins for Television (40%) and Radio (30%) for the fiscal year
  • Basic earnings per share attributable to shareholders up 7% for the fiscal year
  • Free cash flow of $154 million for the fiscal year

(October 24, 2013 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) announced its fourth quarter and year-end financial results today.

“Fiscal 2013 was a challenging year, but we made progress on a number of fronts, creating the foundation for strong growth moving forward,” said John Cassaday, President and Chief Executive Officer of Corus Entertainment. “We were pleased to see an increase in specialty advertising revenue across all of our core Television networks, ongoing ratings momentum, and continued gains in our Pay television business. These gains were offset by a decline in the fourth quarter in our Radio division and higher corporate costs. Our outlook for 2014 is positive and the fundamentals are in place for a strong year ahead. The recent reorganization of our leadership team will support our growth objectives and we are excited about the significant value that our pending acquisitions will bring to the business.”

Financial Highlights
             Three months ended              Year ended
               August 31,               August 31,
(unaudited – in thousands of Canadian dollars
except per share amounts)
2013  2012 2013    2012
Revenues
  Television  149,622   147,874  619,850  650,949
  Radio  44,012   47,750  183,691  191,327
 193,634   195,624  803,541  842,276
   
Segment profit (1)    
  Television  56,469   54,490  248,779  262,138
  Radio  11,664   14,995  55,148  57,427
  Corporate  (13,688)  (8,623)  (33,915)  (29,586)
 54,445   60,862  270,012  289,979
   
Net income attributable to shareholders  11,879  23,341  159,895  148,681
Adjusted net income attributable to shareholders (1) (2) 25,816  31,519  138,573  158,556
     
     
Basic earnings per share $ 0.14 $ 0.28 $ 1.91 $ 1.79
Adjusted basic earnings per share (1) (2) $ 0.31 $ 0.38 $ 1.65 $ 1.90
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.14 $ 0.28 $ 1.90 $ 1.78
   
Free cash flow (1)  25,704   24,962  154,136  155,147
   
(1) See definitions and discussion under Key Performance Indicators in MD&A.
(2) For the year ended August 31, 2013, excludes the impact of $25.0 million ($0.22 per share) debt refinancing costs, gain on disposition of the Company’s non-controlling interest in Food Network Canada of $55.4 million ($0.66 per share), broadcast license impairment of $5.7 million ($0.05 per share), business acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of $7.3 million ($0.06 per share) and investment impairment charges of $7.1 million ($0.07 per share).

 

Consolidated Results from Operations

Consolidated revenues for the three months ended August 31, 2013 were $193.6 million, down 1% from $195.6 million last year.  Consolidated segment profit was $54.4 million, down 11% from $60.9 million last year as Corporate costs were up $5.1 million due primarily to achievement of performance incentives and higher share-based compensation.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the quarter was $11.9 million ($0.14 per share basic and diluted), down 49% compared to $23.3 million ($0.28 per share basic and diluted) last year.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the fourth quarter includes an impairment charge related to broadcast license impairments of $5.7 million, business acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of $5.2 million and investment impairment charges of $7.1 million.  Removing the impact of these items results in adjusted basic earnings per share attributable to shareholders of $0.31 per share in the quarter.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the fourth quarter of the prior year includes a charge due to an income tax rate change of $6.8 million and business acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of $1.8 million.  Removing the impact of these items results in an adjusted basic earnings per share attributable to shareholders of $0.38 per share in the prior quarter.

Consolidated revenues for the year ended August 31, 2013 were $803.5 million, down 5% from $842.3 million last year.  Consolidated segment profit was $270.0 million, down 7% from $290.0 million last year.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the year was $159.9 million ($1.91 per share basic and $1.90 per share diluted), up 8% compared to $148.7 million ($1.79 per share basic and $1.78 per share diluted) last year.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the current fiscal year includes a charge for debt refinancing of $25.0 million, the gain related to the sale of the Company’s non-controlling interest in Food Network Canada of $55.4 million, broadcast license impairments of $5.7 million, business acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of $7.3 million and investment impairment charges of $7.1 million.  Removing the impact of these items results in an adjusted net income attributable to shareholders of $138.6 million ($1.65 basic earnings per share attributable to shareholders) in the current year.  Net income attributable to shareholders for the prior fiscal year includes a charge due to an income tax rate change of $6.8 million and business acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of $4.2 million.  Removing the impact of these items results in an adjusted basic earnings per share attributable to shareholders of $1.90 per share in the prior year.  Free cash flow for the year ended August 31, 2013 was $154.1 million compared to $155.1 million in the prior year.

Operational Results – Highlights

Television

  • Segment revenues increased 1% in Q4 and decreased 5% for the fiscal year
  • Specialty advertising revenue increased 6% in Q4 and 2% for the fiscal year
  • Subscriber revenues increased 1% for Q4 and were flat for the fiscal year
  • Merchandising, distribution and other revenues declined 3% in Q4 and 24% for the fiscal year
  • Segment profit(1) increased 4% in Q4 and decreased 5% for the fiscal year
  • Segment profit margin of 40% for the fiscal year
  • Movie Central finished the fiscal year with 996,000 subscribers, up 20,000 from the prior year

Radio

  • Segment revenues decreased 8% in Q4 and 4% for the fiscal year
  • Segment profit(1) decreased 22% in Q4 and 4% for the fiscal year
  • Segment profit margin of 30% for the fiscal year

Other

  • Corporate expenses were up $5.1 million in Q4 and $4.3 million for the fiscal year due to higher share-based compensation and achievement of performance incentives.

 

(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), Cosmopolitan TV, 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 and year ended August 31, 2013 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 24, 2013 at 12:30 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 Canada is 1.866.229.4144 and for international callers is 1.847.585.4422.  Please note that the audience passcode for both dial-in numbers is 7565 565.  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