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ITEM 7.01. REGULATION FD DISCLOSURE.
Postponement of 2020 Olympic Games
On March 24, 2020, Discovery, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
On its February 27, 2020 investor call, the Company stated that it expected to incur an Olympics-driven AOIBDA loss in the range of $175 million to $200 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The Company expects that the postponement of the Olympic Games will shift Olympic-related revenues and expenses from fiscal 2020 to fiscal 2021.
The Company provided its fiscal 2020 outlook on February 27, 2020. Since that time, the COVID-19 global pandemic has caused unprecedented economic uncertainty. As a result of the unknown impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s financial results and the uncertainty related to its duration, as well as the impact of the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, the Company is withdrawing its fiscal 2020 outlook. The Company is not providing an updated fiscal 2020 outlook at this time.
As a result of the global pandemic, television viewing audiences around the globe have increased dramatically. As such, the Company has experienced an increase in ratings and delivery across many television viewing markets as many people are self-isolating at home. This is helping to offset attributed weakness from economic conditions, and the Company is evaluating the impact of improved ratings and delivery on its performance.
The Company also continues to pursue a number of cost savings initiatives that it hopes will offset a portion of the revenue losses due to the impact of COVID-19, including those from production shutdowns and delays.
As previously disclosed, the Company has access to a committed $2.5 billion revolving credit facility. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had no outstanding borrowings under the revolving credit facility or commercial paper outstanding, and had $1.55 billion of cash on its balance sheet. On March 12, 2020, the Company drew down $500 million under the credit facility to increase its cash position and maximize flexibility in light of the current uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19. The Company has upcoming corporate debt maturities in June 2020 of $600 million and in June 2021 of $640 million.
CAUTIONARY NOTE CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements in this Form 8-K constitute 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 27, 2020 as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as noted in this Form 8-K
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 Form 8-K include, without limitation, statements regarding the impact of COVID-19 on viewership, revenues and operations. 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.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: March 24, 2020
/s/ Gunnar Wiedenfels
Chief Financial Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Discovery, Inc. Issues Statement on Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Postponement
–Comment follows the joint statement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee
NEW YORK, LONDON, March 24, 2020: Discovery, Inc. today issued the following statement in response to the announced agreement between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee to postpone the Games to 2021:
Discovery fully supports the IOC and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee’s plan to stage the Olympic Games in 2021 and to make every effort to ensure the well-being of spectators, athletes, staff and the international community. Our essential planning and deliverables are complete and will now shift into next year. We will continue to develop our products and offerings to best serve our customers and marketing partners in 2021.
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Nathaniel Brown, Discovery Corporate Communications
+1 (212) 548-5959
Fiona McLachlan, Discovery, Sport Communications:
+44 7741 727 092
James Hillier, Discovery, Sport Communications:
+44 7778 129 413
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 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 Eurosport Player, 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, 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.