Walt Disney Co.'s profits grew in its fourth fiscal quarter
as big gains by its cable networks offset a $9 million decline in broadcasting
Net income rose 14% to $1.24 billion, or 68 cents per share,
from $1.89 billion, or 58 cents a share, a year ago.
Revenues rose 3% to $10.8 billion in the quarter.
For the full year, Disney's net income rose 18% to $5.7
billion, or $3.13 a share, from $4.8 billion, or $2.52 a share.
Revenues rose 3% to $42.3 billion.
"Fiscal 2012 was a great year creatively, financially and
strategically, resulting in record revenue, net income, and earnings per
share," CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. "We're confident the company is well
positioned to continue our strong performance and growth."
In the fourth quarter, Disney's Media Networks group
generated a 7% increase in operating income to $1.57 billion.
Revenues rose to 2% to $4.9 billion.
Operating income at Disney's cable networks rose 9% in the
fourth quarter to $1.4 billion driven by growth at ESPN, higher equity income
at A+E Networks and improvements at ABC Family, which had lower programming,
marketing and sales costs.
Revenues rose 2% to $3.5 billion in the quarter.
Operating income for the broadcasting division in the fourth
quarter fell 4% to $192 million. Advertising sales declined at the ABC
Television Network because of lower ratings and there were bigger equity losses
at Hulu. Those were partially offset by the program sales of Castle and Wipeout.
Broadcasting revenue rose 1% to $1.34 billion in the quarter.
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