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Discovery, Inc. Reports Fourth-Quarter And Full Year 2020 Results

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery, Inc. ("Discovery" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.

David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery said, "2020 was a year of change, challenge, and opportunity, and our company has shown incredible resilience, creativity and focus as one global team. We finished with strong operating momentum and great command and control across our global businesses, uniquely positioning us to balance our core and next generation businesses. We are off to a promising start in 2021 with the successful launch of discovery+. We have now surpassed 11 million total paying direct-to-consumer subscribers globally and are on pace to be at 12 million by the end of the month, underscoring the value of the investments we've made in content, beloved personalities and brands with huge consumer appeal, supported by industry-leading DTC capabilities. Our unmatched global scale and ability to serve consumers everywhere with a truly differentiated offering across platforms, as well as our robust cash flows, even amidst the significant investments in our next generation initiatives and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, position us to achieve sustainable long-term growth and drive long-term shareholder value."

Fourth-Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues of $2,886 million were flat compared to the prior year quarter, both reported and ex-FX.(1)
    • U.S. advertising revenues were flat and distribution revenues increased 5%; and
    • International advertising revenues decreased 1% and distribution revenues decreased 4%, both ex-FX.
  • Net income available to Discovery, Inc. was $271 million and EPS was $0.42 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EPS(2) was $0.76 per diluted share.
  • Total Adjusted OIBDA(3) decreased 9% to $1,002 million, or decreased 8% ex-FX.
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $553 million and free cash flow(4) was $441 million.
  • Repurchased 10.9 million Series C common shares for $213 million at an average price of $19.50 per share.

Full Year 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues of $10,671 million decreased 4%, both reported and ex-FX.
    • U.S. advertising revenues decreased 5% and distribution revenues increased 4% (or increased 3% excluding certain non-recurring items recognized in the second quarter); and
    • International advertising revenues decreased 12% and distribution revenues decreased 3%, both ex-FX.
  • Net income available to Discovery, Inc. was $1,219 million and EPS was $1.81 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EPS was $3.20 per diluted share.
  • Total Adjusted OIBDA decreased 10% to $4,196 million, or decreased 9% ex-FX.
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $2,739 million and free cash flow was $2,337 million.
  • Repurchased 41.6 million Series C common shares for $965 million at an average price of $23.18 per share.

 

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

Dollars in millions, except per share amounts

2020

 

2019

 

%
Change

Ex-FX(1)

 

2020

 

2019

 

%
Change

Ex-FX(1)

Total revenue

$

2,886

   

$

2,874

   

%

%

 

$

10,671

   

$

11,144

   

(4)

%

(4)

%

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

$

271

   

$

476

   

(43)

%

   

$

1,219

   

$

2,069

   

(41)

%

 

U.S. Networks Adjusted OIBDA

946

   

925

   

2

%

   

3,975

   

4,117

   

(3)

%

 

International Networks Adjusted OIBDA

196

   

315

   

(38)

%

(35)

%

 

723

   

1,057

   

(32)

%

(28)

%

Total Adjusted OIBDA(5)

$

1,002

   

$

1,105

   

(9)

%

(8)

%

 

$

4,196

   

$

4,671

   

(10)

%

(9)

%

Diluted EPS

$

0.42

   

$

0.67

   

(37)

%

   

$

1.81

   

$

2.88

   

(37)

%

 

Adjusted EPS

$

0.76

   

$

0.98

   

(22)

%

   

$

3.20

   

$

3.69

   

(13)

%

 

Free cash flow

$

441

   

$

1,132

   

(61)

%

   

$

2,337

   

$

3,110

   

(25)

%

 

Operational Highlights

  • Executed key distribution partnerships for the launch of discovery+ with Verizon in the U.S, Sky in the U.K. and Ireland, and Vodafone across several European markets, as well as the rebranding of dplay in certain international markets.
  • Total share of viewing across the international portfolio in Q4 improved 4% on average, marking six consecutive quarters of year-over-year share improvement, with strong performance in the U.K., Spain and Poland.(6)
  • In Q4, Discovery was the #1 Most-Watched pay-TV Portfolio in the U.S. among key demos.(7)
  • TLC was the #1 cable network on Sunday nights in Q4 among total Households and adults and women aged 25-54, 18-49, 18-34, and P2+.(8) Additionally, for 2020, TLC was the #1 pay-TV network in Primetime among key women demographics aged 25-54, 18-49, and 18-34, and saw its best women 25-54 ratings and P2+ delivery in network history.(9)

Segment Results
U.S. Networks

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

Dollars in millions

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

 

2020

 

2019

 

% Change

Advertising

$

1,048

   

$

1,051

   

%

 

$

4,012

   

$

4,245

   

(5)

%

Distribution

709

   

673

   

5

%

 

2,852

   

2,739

   

4

%

Other

21

   

28

   

(25)

%

 

85

   

108

   

(21)

%

Total revenues

$

1,778

   

$

1,752

   

1

%

 

$

6,949

   

$

7,092

   

(2)

%

Costs of revenues, excluding depreciation
& amortization

509

   

503

   

1

%

 

1,843

   

1,800

   

2

%

Selling, general & administrative(10)

323

   

324

   

%

 

1,131

   

1,175

   

(4)

%

Adjusted OIBDA

$

946

   

$

925

   

2

%

 

$

3,975

   

$

4,117

   

(3)

%

 

Fourth-Quarter 2020

  • Total U.S. Networks revenues of $1,778 million increased 1% compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Advertising was flat as higher pricing and the continued monetization of content offerings on our next generation platforms were offset by secular declines in the pay-TV ecosystem and lower ratings.
    • Distribution increased 5% primarily driven by increases in contractual affiliate rates, partially offset by a decline in linear subscribers.
    • At December 31, 2020, subscribers to our fully distributed networks were 3% lower and total portfolio subscribers were 5% lower than at December 31, 2019.
  • Total operating expenses of $832 million increased 1% compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Costs of revenues increased 1% primarily due to investments in content to support our next generation initiatives.
    • SG&A expenses were consistent to the prior year quarter as a reduction in travel costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic was offset by higher marketing-related expenses to support our next generation initiatives and higher personnel costs.
  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 2% to $946 million.

Full Year 2020

  • Total U.S. Networks revenues of $6,949 million decreased 2% compared to the prior year.
    • Advertising decreased 5% primarily due to softer demand stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, secular declines in the pay-TV ecosystem, lower ratings, and a decline in inventory, partially offset by increases in pricing and the continued monetization of content offerings on our next generation platforms.
    • Distribution increased 4% driven by increases in contractual affiliate rates and certain non-recurring items, partially offset by a decline in linear subscribers. Excluding certain non-recurring items, distribution increased 3%.
  • Total operating expenses of $2,974 million were flat compared to the prior year.
    • Costs of revenues increased 2% primarily due to investments in content to support next generation initiatives partially offset by a reduction in production projects as a result of COVID-19 and a non-recurring reserve release established in purchase accounting.
    • SG&A expenses decreased 4% primarily due to a reduction in travel costs as a result of COVID-19 and lower marketing-related expenses, partially offset by an increase in personnel costs to support our next generation initiatives.
  • Adjusted OIBDA decreased 3% to $3,975 million.

International Networks

 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

Dollars in millions

2020

 

2019

 

%
Change

Ex-FX

 

2020

 

2019

 

%
Change

Ex-FX

Advertising

$

554

   

$

546

   

1

%

(1)

%

 

$

1,571

   

$

1,799

   

(13)

%

(12)

%

Distribution

510

   

531

   

(4)

%

(4)

%

 

2,014

   

2,096

   

(4)

%

(3)

%

Other

41

   

42

   

(2)

%

(11)

%

 

128

   

146

   

(12)

%

(15)

%

Total revenues

$

1,105

   

$

1,119

   

(1)

%

(3)

%

 

$

3,713

   

$

4,041

   

(8)

%

(7)

%

Costs of revenues, excluding
depreciation & amortization

615

   

533

   

15

%

10

%

 

2,004

   

2,016

   

(1)

%

(1)

%

Selling, general & administrative(10)

294

   

271

   

8

%

7

%

 

986

   

968

   

2

%

3

%

Adjusted OIBDA

$

196

   

$

315

   

(38)

%

(35)

%

 

$

723

   

$

1,057

   

(32)

%

(28)

%

 

Fourth-Quarter 2020

  • Total International Networks revenues of $1,105 million decreased 1%, or decreased 3% ex-FX, compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Advertising decreased 1% ex-FX primarily driven by a decline in demand stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the discontinuation of pay-TV distribution with certain European operators.
    • Distribution decreased 4% ex-FX primarily driven by COVID-related disruptions to the sports schedule in Europe, lower contractual affiliate rates, and the discontinuation of pay-TV distribution with certain European operators, partially offset by higher next generation revenues due to subscriber growth.
  • Total operating expenses of $909 million increased 13%, or increased 9% ex-FX, compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Costs of revenues increased 10% ex-FX primarily due to sports content spend in Europe.
    • SG&A increased 7% ex-FX primarily attributable to higher personnel costs and higher marketing-related expenses to support our next generation initiatives, partially offset by a reduction in travel costs as a result of COVID-19.
  • Adjusted OIBDA of $196 million decreased 38%, or decreased 35% ex-FX.

Full Year 2020

  • Total International Networks revenues of $3,713 million decreased 8%, or decreased 7% ex-FX, compared to the prior year.
    • Advertising decreased 12% ex-FX primarily driven by a decline in demand stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and the discontinuation of pay-TV distribution with certain European operators.
    • Distribution decreased 3% ex-FX primarily driven by lower contractual affiliate rates, the discontinuation of pay-TV distribution with certain European operators, and COVID-related disruptions to the sports schedule in Europe, partially offset by higher next generation revenues due to subscriber growth.
  • Total operating expenses of $2,990 million were flat compared to the prior year, both on a reported and ex-FX basis.
    • Costs of revenues decreased 1% ex-FX primarily due to a reduction in the number of sporting events in Europe due to COVID-19.
    • SG&A increased 3% ex-FX primarily due to higher personnel costs to support our next generation initiatives, partially offset by a reduction in travel costs as a result of COVID-19.
  • Adjusted OIBDA of $723 million decreased 32%, or decreased 28% ex-FX.

Free Cash Flow

  • Fourth quarter cash provided by operating activities decreased to $553 million from $1,232 million in the prior year quarter. Free cash flow decreased to $441 million from $1,132 million, primarily attributable to lower operating results due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on Adjusted OIBDA, the timing of cash content spend (including sports rights payments), taxes, and working capital.
  • Full year 2020 cash provided by operating activities decreased to $2,739 million from $3,399 million in the prior year. Free cash flow decreased to $2,337 million from $3,110 million, primarily attributable to lower operating results due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on revenues and higher capital expenditures. Capital expenditures increased due to investments in technology infrastructure, software development, and facilities.

Other Items
Share Buyback
In February 2020, the Company's Board of Directors authorized common stock repurchases of up to $2 billion. During the three months ended December 31, 2020, the Company repurchased 10.9 million Series C common shares for $213 million at an average price of $19.50 per share, under its $2 billion repurchase authorization. There is $1.4 billion remaining under the authorization as of December 31, 2020.

For the full year 2020, the Company repurchased 41.6 million Series C common shares for $965 million at an average price of $23.18 per share.

fuboTV Inc.
fuboTV Inc., a minority investment held by the Company, was listed on the New York Stock Exchange during the fourth quarter of 2020. As a result, the Company recognized a total gain of $126 million (including a realized gain of $101 million pertaining to the Company's sale of 4 million fuboTV Inc. shares), which is recorded in "Other income (expense), net" on the consolidated statements of operations.

2021 Outlook(11)
Discovery may provide forward-looking commentary in connection with this earnings announcement on its quarterly earnings conference call. Details on how to access the audio webcast are included below.

Earnings Conference Call Information
Discovery will host a conference call today, February 22, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2020 results. To listen to the audio webcast of the call, please visit https://corporate.discovery.com/.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties and on information available to the Company as of the date hereof. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 27, 2020 and its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, expected to be filed on or before March 1, 2021.

Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will" and "would" or similar words. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding investing in the Company's programming, strategic growth initiatives, changes in the pay-TV ecosystem, and the impact of COVID-19. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

About Discovery
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in over 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery's portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Revenues:

             

Advertising

$

1,602

   

$

1,597

   

$

5,583

   

$

6,044

 

Distribution

1,219

   

1,204

   

4,866

   

4,835

 

Other

65

   

73

   

222

   

265

 

Total revenues

2,886

   

2,874

   

10,671

   

11,144

 

Costs and expenses:

             

Costs of revenues, excluding depreciation and
amortization

1,129

   

1,037

   

3,860

   

3,819

 

Selling, general and administrative

809

   

793

   

2,722

   

2,788

 

Depreciation and amortization

358

   

333

   

1,359

   

1,347

 

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets

86

   

   

124

   

155

 

Restructuring and other charges

16

   

6

   

91

   

26

 

Total costs and expenses

2,398

   

2,169

   

8,156

   

8,135

 

Operating income

488

   

705

   

2,515

   

3,009

 

Interest expense, net

(163)

   

(162)

   

(648)

   

(677)

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

   

   

(76)

   

(28)

 

(Loss) income from equity investees, net

(43)

   

18

   

(105)

   

(2)

 

Other income (expense), net

134

   

2

   

42

   

(8)

 

Income before income taxes

416

   

563

   

1,728

   

2,294

 

Income tax expense

(98)

   

(52)

   

(373)

   

(81)

 

Net income

318

   

511

   

1,355

   

2,213

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(42)

   

(34)

   

(124)

   

(128)

 

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests

(5)

   

(1)

   

(12)

   

(16)

 

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

$

271

   

$

476

   

$

1,219

   

$

2,069

 

Net income per share available to Discovery, Inc. Series A,
B and C common stockholders:

             

Basic

$

0.42

   

$

0.68

   

$

1.82

   

$

2.90

 

Diluted

$

0.42

   

$

0.67

   

$

1.81

   

$

2.88

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

             

Basic

489

   

527

   

505

   

529

 

Diluted

657

   

702

   

672

   

711

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited; in millions, except par value)

 
 

December 31, 2020

 

December 31, 2019

ASSETS

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

2,091

   

$

1,552

 

Receivables, net

2,537

   

2,633

 

Content rights and prepaid license fees, net

532

   

579

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

970

   

453

 

Total current assets

6,130

   

5,217

 

Noncurrent content rights, net

3,439

   

3,129

 

Property and equipment, net

1,206

   

951

 

Goodwill

13,070

   

13,050

 

Intangible assets, net

7,640

   

8,667

 

Equity method investments

507

   

568

 

Other noncurrent assets

2,095

   

2,153

 

Total assets

$

34,087

   

$

33,735

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

     

Current liabilities:

     

Accounts payable

$

397

   

$

463

 

Accrued liabilities

1,793

   

1,678

 

Deferred revenues

557

   

489

 

Current portion of debt

335

   

609

 

Total current liabilities

3,082

   

3,239

 

Noncurrent portion of debt

15,069

   

14,810

 

Deferred income taxes

1,534

   

1,691

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

2,019

   

2,029

 

Total liabilities

21,704

   

21,769

 

Commitments and contingencies

     

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

383

   

442

 

Equity:

     

Discovery, Inc. stockholders' equity:

     

Series A-1 convertible preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 8 shares authorized, issued and
outstanding

   

 

Series C-1 convertible preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 6 shares authorized; 5 shares
issued and outstanding

   

 

Series A common stock: $0.01 par value; 1,700 shares authorized; 163 and 161 shares
issued; and 162 and 158 shares outstanding

2

   

2

 

Series B convertible common stock: $0.01 par value; 100 shares authorized; 7 shares
issued and outstanding

   

 

Series C common stock: $0.01 par value; 2,000 shares authorized; 547 shares issued; and
318 and 360 shares outstanding

5

   

5

 

Additional paid-in capital

10,809

   

10,747

 

Treasury stock, at cost: 230 and 190 shares

(8,244)

   

(7,374)

 

Retained earnings

8,543

   

7,333

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(651)

   

(822)

 

Total Discovery, Inc. stockholders' equity

10,464

   

9,891

 

Noncontrolling interests

1,536

   

1,633

 

Total equity

12,000

   

11,524

 

Total liabilities and equity

$

34,087

   

$

33,735

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited; in millions)

 
 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

Operating Activities

     

Net income

1,355

   

2,213

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:

     

Content rights amortization and impairment

2,956

   

2,853

 

Depreciation and amortization

1,359

   

1,347

 

Deferred income taxes

(186)

   

(504)

 

Equity in losses of equity method investee companies, including cash distributions

167

   

62

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

76

   

28

 

Share-based compensation expense

110

   

142

 

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets

124

   

155

 

(Gain) loss from derivative instruments, net

(36)

   

48

 

Realized gain on sale of investments

(103)

   

(10)

 

Remeasurement gain on previously held equity interests

   

(14)

 

Loss on disposition

2

   

 

Other, net

14

   

52

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions:

     

Receivables, net

105

   

(7)

 

Content rights and payables, net

(3,053)

   

(3,060)

 

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(131)

   

122

 

Foreign currency, prepaid expenses and other assets, net

(20)

   

(28)

 

Cash provided by operating activities

2,739

   

3,399

 

Investing Activities

     

Purchases of property and equipment

(402)

   

(289)

 

Purchases of investments

(250)

   

 

Investments in and advances to equity investments

(181)

   

(254)

 

Proceeds from dissolution of joint venture and sale of investments

69

   

125

 

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(39)

   

(73)

 

Other investing activities, net

100

   

53

 

Cash used in investing activities

(703)

   

(438)

 

Financing Activities

     

Principal repayments of debt, including discount payment

(2,193)

   

(2,658)

 

Borrowings from debt, net of discount and issuance costs

1,979

   

1,479

 

Repurchases of stock

(969)

   

(633)

 

Principal repayments of revolving credit facility

(500)

   

(225)

 

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

500

   

 

Distributions to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests

(254)

   

(250)

 

Other financing activities, net

(112)

   

(70)

 

Cash used in financing activities

(1,549)

   

(2,357)

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

83

   

(38)

 

Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

570

   

566

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

1,552

   

986

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

2,122

   

$

1,552

 
               

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

(unaudited; in millions)

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2020

 

U.S. Networks

 

International
Networks

 

Corporate, Inter-
segment
Eliminations, and
Other

 

Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

           

$

271

 

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests

           

5

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

           

42

 

Income tax expense

           

98

 

Other income, net

           

(134)

 

Loss from equity investees, net

           

43

 

Interest expense, net

           

163

 

Operating income (loss)

$

722

   

$

(22)

   

$

(212)

   

$

488

 

Depreciation and amortization

223

   

115

   

20

   

358

 

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets

   

86

   

   

86

 

Employee share-based compensation

   

   

46

   

46

 

Restructuring and other charges

   

12

   

4

   

16

 

Transaction and integration costs

   

4

   

2

   

6

 

Loss on asset disposition

   

   

2

   

2

 

Inter-segment eliminations

1

   

1

   

(2)

   

 

Adjusted OIBDA

$

946

   

$

196

   

$

(140)

   

$

1,002

 
 
 
 

Three Months Ended December 31, 2019

 

U.S. Networks

 

International
Networks

 

Corporate, Inter-
segment
Eliminations, and
Other

 

Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

           

$

476

 

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests

           

1

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

           

34

 

Income tax expense

           

52

 

Other income, net

           

(2)

 

Income from equity investees, net

           

(18)

 

Interest expense, net

           

162

 

Operating income (loss)

$

689

   

$

224

   

$

(208)

   

$

705

 

Depreciation and amortization

227

   

87

   

19

   

333

 

Employee share-based compensation

   

   

57

   

57

 

Restructuring and other charges

4

   

5

   

(3)

   

6

 

Transaction and integration costs

   

   

4

   

4

 

Inter-segment eliminations

5

   

(1)

   

(4)

   

 

Adjusted OIBDA

$

925

   

$

315

   

$

(135)

   

$

1,105

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

(unaudited; in millions)

 
 

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020

 

U.S. Networks

 

International
Networks

 

Corporate, Inter-
segment
Eliminations, and
Other

 

Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

           

$

1,219

 

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests

           

12

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

           

124

 

Income tax expense

           

373

 

Other income, net

           

(42)

 

Loss from equity investees, net

           

105

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

           

76

 

Interest expense, net

           

648

 

Operating income (loss)

$

3,031

   

$

191

   

$

(707)

   

$

2,515

 

Depreciation and amortization

899

   

374

   

86

   

1,359

 

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets

   

124

   

   

124

 

Employee share-based compensation

   

   

99

   

99

 

Restructuring and other charges

41

   

29

   

21

   

91

 

Transaction and integration costs

   

4

   

2

   

6

 

Loss on asset disposition

   

   

2

   

2

 

Inter-segment eliminations

4

   

1

   

(5)

   

 

Adjusted OIBDA

$

3,975

   

$

723

   

$

(502)

   

$

4,196

 
 
   
 

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019

 

U.S. Networks

 

International
Networks

 

Corporate, Inter-
segment
Eliminations, and
Other

 

Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

           

$

2,069

 

Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling
interests

           

16

 

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

           

128

 

Income tax expense

           

81

 

Other expense, net

           

8

 

Loss from equity investees, net

           

2

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

           

28

 

Interest expense, net

           

677

 

Operating income (loss)

$

3,145

   

$

563

   

$

(699)

   

$

3,009

 

Depreciation and amortization

950

   

328

   

69

   

1,347

 

Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets

   

155

   

   

155

 

Employee share-based compensation

   

   

137

   

137

 

Restructuring and other charges

15

   

20

   

(9)

   

26

 

Transaction and integration costs

   

   

26

   

26

 

Inter-segment eliminations

7

   

20

   

(27)

   

 

Settlement of a withholding tax claim

   

(29)

   

   

(29)

 

Adjusted OIBDA

$

4,117

   

$

1,057

   

$

(503)

   

$

4,671

 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

SELECTED FINANCIAL DETAIL

(unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)

 

CALCULATION OF ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER DILUTED SHARE

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

$
Change

%
Change

 

2020

 

2019

 

$
Change

%
Change

Diluted net income per share allocated to
Discovery, Inc. Series A, B and C common
stockholders:

$

0.42

   

0.67

   

$

(0.25)

 

(37)

%

 

$

1.81

   

$

2.88

   

$

(1.07)

 

(37)

%

Per share impacts, net of tax:

                         

Amortization of acquisition-related
intangible assets

0.31

   

0.29

   

0.02

 

7

%

 

1.22

   

1.21

   

0.01

 

1

%

Restructuring and other charges

0.02

   

0.01

   

0.01

 

NM

   

0.11

   

0.05

   

0.06

 

NM

 

Impairment of goodwill and other
intangible assets

0.13

   

   

0.13

 

NM

   

0.18

   

0.22

   

(0.04)

 

(18)

%

Gains recognized on equity securities sold

(0.12)

   

   

(0.12)

 

NM

   

(0.12)

   

   

(0.12)

 

NM

 

Legal entity restructuring, deferred tax
impact

   

0.01

   

(0.01)

 

NM

   

   

(0.63)

   

0.63

 

NM

 

Settlement of a withholding tax claim

   

   

 

NM

   

   

(0.04)

   

0.04

 

NM

 

Adjusted earnings per diluted share

$

0.76

   

$

0.98

   

$

(0.22)

 

(22)

%

 

$

3.20

   

$

3.69

   

$

(0.49)

 

(13)

%

                                                       

 

CALCULATION OF FREE CASH FLOW

 
 

Three Months Ended December 31,

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

 

2020

 

2019

 

$
Change

%
Change

 

2020

 

2019

 

$
Change

%
Change

Cash provided by operating activities

$

553

   

$

1,232

   

$

(679)

 

(55)

%

 

$

2,739

   

$

3,399

   

$

(660)

 

(19)

%

Purchases of property and equipment

(112)

   

(100)

   

(12)

 

12

%

 

(402)

   

(289)

   

(113)

 

39

%

Free cash flow

$

441

   

$

1,132

   

$

(691)

 

(61)

%

 

$

2,337

   

$

3,110

   

$

(773)

 

(25)

%

 

NM: Not Meaningful

Impact of COVID-19
On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus disease 2019 ("COVID-19") outbreak to be a global pandemic. COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, and the duration and severity of its effects and associated economic disruption remain uncertain. Restrictions on social and commercial activity in an effort to contain the virus have had, and are expected to continue to have, a significant adverse impact upon many sectors of the U.S. and global economy, including the media industry. We continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of our business and geographies, including the impact on our customers, employees, suppliers, vendors, distribution and advertising partners, production facilities, and various other third parties.

Beginning in the second quarter of 2020, demand for our advertising products and services decreased due to economic disruptions from limitations on social and commercial activity. These economic disruptions and the resulting effect on the Company slightly eased during the second half of 2020, but the pandemic continued to impact demand through the end of 2020 and this decreased demand is expected to continue into 2021. Many of our third-party production partners that were shut down during most of the second quarter of 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions came back online in the third quarter of 2020 and, as a result, we have incurred additional costs to comply with various governmental regulations and implement certain safety measures for our employees, talent, and partners. Additionally, certain sporting events that we have rights to were cancelled or postponed, thereby eliminating or deferring the related revenues and expenses, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed to 2021. The postponement of the Olympic Games deferred both Olympic-related revenues and significant expenses from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal year 2021.

In response to the impact of the pandemic, we employed and continue to employ innovative production and programming strategies, including producing content filmed by our on-air talent and seeking viewer feedback on which content to air. We continue to pursue a number of cost savings initiatives which began during the third and fourth quarters of 2020 and believe will offset a portion of anticipated revenue losses and deferrals, through the implementation of travel, marketing, production and other operating cost reductions, including personnel reductions, restructurings and resource reallocations to align our expense structure to ongoing changes within the industry. We also implemented remote work arrangements effective mid-March 2020 and, to date, these arrangements have not materially affected our ability to operate our business.

In addition, we implemented several measures to preserve sufficient liquidity in the near term. During March 2020, we drew down $500 million under our $2.5 billion revolving credit facility to increase our cash position and maximize flexibility in light of the current uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19. In addition, in April 2020, we entered into an amendment to our revolving credit facility, which increased flexibility under our financial covenants and issued $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of senior notes due May 2030 and $1.0 billion aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes due May 2050. The proceeds from the notes were used to fund a tender offer for $1.5 billion of certain Senior Notes with maturities ranging from 2021 through 2023 and to repay the $500 million outstanding under our revolving credit facility.

In light of the impact of COVID-19, we assessed goodwill, other intangibles, deferred tax assets, programming assets, and accounts receivable for recoverability based upon latest estimates and judgments with respect to expected future operating results, ultimate usage of content and latest expectations with respect to expected credit losses. We recorded a goodwill and other intangible assets impairment charge of $124 million for our Asia-Pacific reporting unit during 2020. Adjustments to reflect increased expected credit losses were not material. Further, hedged transactions were assessed and we have concluded such transactions remain probable of occurrence. Due to significant uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19, management's judgments could change in the future.

The effects of the pandemic may have further negative impacts on our financial position, results of operations, and cash flows. However, we are unable to predict the ongoing impact that COVID-19 will have on our financial position, operating results, and cash flows due to numerous uncertainties. The nature and extent of COVID-19's effects on our operations and results will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted, including new information that may emerge concerning the severity and the extent of future surges of COVID-19, vaccine distribution and other actions to contain the virus or treat its impact, among others. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and its impact on our business results and financial condition. Our consolidated financial statements reflect management's latest estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and related disclosures as of the date of the consolidated financial statements and reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting periods presented. Actual results may differ significantly from these estimates and assumptions.

In the United States, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") was enacted on March 27, 2020, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was enacted on December 27, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, we do not expect the CARES Act or the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 to have a material effect on our financial position and results of operations. We continue to monitor other relief measures taken by the U.S. and other governments around the world.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") provided in this release, the Company has presented Adjusted OIBDA, Adjusted EPS and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, operating income, net income, earnings per diluted share and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.  Please review the supplemental financial schedules for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

Definitions and Sources
(1) Methodology for Calculating Growth Rates Excluding the Impact of Currency Effects: The impact of exchange rates on our business is an important factor in understanding period-to-period comparisons of our results. For example, our international revenues are favorably impacted as the U.S. dollar weakens relative to other foreign currencies, and unfavorably impacted as the U.S. dollar strengthens relative to other foreign currencies. We believe the presentation of results on a constant currency basis ("ex-FX"), in addition to results reported in accordance with GAAP, provides useful information about our operating performance because the presentation ex-FX excludes the effects of foreign currency volatility and highlights our core operating results. The presentation of results on a constant currency basis should be considered in addition to, but not a substitute for, measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.

The ex-FX change represents the percentage change on a period-over-period basis adjusted for foreign currency impacts. The ex-FX change is calculated as the difference between the current year amounts translated at a baseline rate, which is a spot rate for each of our currencies determined early in the fiscal year as part of our forecasting process (the "2020 Baseline Rate"), and the prior year amounts translated at the same 2020 Baseline Rate.

In addition, consistent with the assumption of a constant currency environment, our ex-FX results exclude the impact of our foreign currency hedging activities, as well as realized and unrealized foreign currency transaction gains and losses. Results on a constant currency basis, as we present them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(2) Adjusted EPS: The Company defines Adjusted EPS as earnings excluding the impact of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and meaningful one-time items, per diluted share. The Company believes Adjusted EPS is relevant to investors because this metric allows them to evaluate the performance of the Company's operations exclusive of the non-cash amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and meaningful one-time items that impact the comparability of results from period to period.

(3) Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Excluding the Impact of Currency Effects: The Company evaluates the operating performance of its segments based on financial measures such as revenues and Adjusted OIBDA. Adjusted OIBDA is defined as operating income excluding: (i) employee share-based compensation, (ii) depreciation and amortization, (iii) restructuring and other charges, (iv) certain impairment charges, (v) gains and losses on business and asset dispositions, (vi) certain inter-segment eliminations related to production studios, (vii) third-party transaction costs directly related to the acquisition and integration of Scripps Networks and other transactions, and (viii) other items impacting comparability, such as the non-cash settlement of a withholding tax claim.

The Company uses this measure to assess the operating results and performance of its segments, perform analytical comparisons, identify strategies to improve performance and allocate resources to each segment. The Company believes Adjusted OIBDA is relevant to investors because it allows them to analyze the operating performance of each segment using the same metric management uses.

The Company excludes share-based compensation, restructuring and other charges, certain impairment charges, gains and losses on business and asset dispositions and acquisition and integration costs from the calculation of Adjusted OIBDA due to their impact on comparability between periods. The Company also excludes depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, as these amounts do not represent cash payments in the current reporting period. Certain corporate expenses are excluded from segment results to enable executive management to evaluate segment performance based upon the decisions of segment executives. Total Adjusted OIBDA should be considered in addition to, but not a substitute for, operating income, net income, and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Refer to the comments in footnote 1 for the methodology used to calculate growth rates excluding foreign currency effects.

(4) Free Cash Flow: The Company defines free cash flow as cash flow from operations less acquisitions of property and equipment. The Company believes free cash flow is an important indicator for management and investors of the Company's liquidity, including its ability to reduce debt, make strategic investments, and return capital to stockholders.

(5) Financial Highlights Table: This table presents a selection of the Company's financial results. Because the table as shown excludes the "Corporate, Inter-segment Eliminations, and Other" operating segment, the row "Total Adjusted OIBDA" will not foot as presented in the table.

(6) Source: Total audience measurement among all individuals. Share of viewing is defined as the share of viewing to all TV channels in a market, except in the Nordics business unit, which is defined as the share of viewing for commercial channels only. Due to a change in methodology, Russia is excluded. Also excluded is Malaysia. Change in share is calculated by adjusting the prior year to include any newly acquired channels.

(7) Source: Nielsen, 4Q 2020 (9/28/2020-12/27/2020), Primetime 8pm-11pm & Total Day 6am-6am, Live+7-day, Duration-Weighted Delivery: "Most Watched," P2+, Households, P/W25-54, W18-49 & P/W18+. Some networks may include Out-of-Home measurement, effective 8/31/2020.

(8) Source: Nielsen, 4Q 2020 (9/28/2020-12/27/2020), Sunday Primetime 8pm-11pm, Live+3-day data based on program-based daypart (000s). Some networks may include Out-of-Home measurement, effective 8/31/20.

(9) Source: Nielsen, 2020 (12/30/2019-12/27/2020), Primetime 8pm-11pm, Live+3-day data based on program-based daypart (AA% & 000s). Some networks may include Out-of-Home measurement, effective 8/31/20.

(10) SG&A Expenses: Selling, general and administrative expenses exclude employee share-based compensation, third-party transaction and integration costs related to the acquisition of Scripps Networks and other transactions, and for 2019, exclude the settlement of a withholding tax claim.

(11) 2021 Outlook: Discovery does not expect to be able to provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP forward-looking commentary to comparable GAAP measures as, at this time, the Company cannot determine the occurrence or impact of the adjustments, such as the effect of future changes in foreign currency exchange rates or future acquisitions or divestitures that would be excluded from such GAAP measures.

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