Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (USA)
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On Tuesday, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced its quarterly earnings and the investors were a little bit disappointed with the results. As one of Disney's latest movies The Lone Ranger performed far below expectations, the company posted flat earnings year to year and the investors were hoping to see growth in the company's earnings.
The results were mixed
The company earned $1.8 billion in the more »
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The U.S. media and entertainment industry is expected to reach $632 billion in 2017 up from $479.23 billion in 2012. Technological developments, films popularity, and rising individual income level are all fueling industry growth. In this article, three companies from the industry are adopting various strategies like screen expansion, acquisition, and technology updates to keep pace with the growth. Let’s discuss them in detail.
Television production growth more »
Disney (NYSE: DIS) knows how to entertain kids. However, back-to-back disappointments in the action category could cost the company hundreds of millions in write-downs. Other media companies don't do much better.
Strike One: In 2012, Disney released action flick John Carter. That move cost around $300 million to make and was a big flop at the box office. The company ultimately took a $200 million write-off. The film looked more »
The middle of July brings excitement to comic book fans, television watchers, and movie viewers through the San Diego Comic Con. The annual event, held from July 18 through July 21, also offers investors opportunities to profit from excitement over new releases and future earnings. Here is a look at three potential winners from the event.
Lions Gate goes big
Perhaps no other company will be as closely followed as more »
The old mantra was build it and they will come. Today it's create the content and everyone will be lining up to buy it. The film studios that produce original films and television shows are looking particularly attractive. With the rise of Netflix, there's a bidding war for content and pure-play content companies stand to benefit from this trend.
The small studio that keeps churning out blockbusters
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The entertainment business provides plenty of growth opportunities for those smart and capable enough to seize them. Historically dominated by major players like Twentieth Century Fox, News Corp., Walt Disney and Warner Bros., this segment is all about being big and playing big: big budgets, big films, big screens, and big cable networks.
In this article, I will look at three large companies within this segment that operate in different more »
“Fast and Furious 6,” from Comcast's (NASDAQ: CMCSA) Universal Pictures, led the box office for the weekend of May 31 – June 2, grossing $35.2 million according to numbers released by Hollywood.com.
Comcast, as a global media and technology giant, continues to benefit from the strong sales generated from its filmed entertainment segment. “Fast and Furious 6” had generated over $173.9 million and $310 more »
Have you noticed the commercials getting longer and more frequent on sites like Hulu? Content providers are being squeezed as the price of content continues to climb, while subscription rates stay steady on a monthly basis. Those two factors are leading companies like Hulu to raise revenue from other sources as content providers reap the benefits.
Pure studio model
Jim Cramer told Mad Money viewers on May 31 that anyone buying Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF) now was "late to the party." While the huge moves have been made, so far this year, the stock has almost doubled from $16 to $30, he also said he couldn't see it pulling back soon. Which is it, Mr. Cramer, buy or sell?
Break out the bubbly
Cramer's right that more »
Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF), one of the largest home entertainment and feature film companies, is up more than 60% this year. The company is riding on its two major releases in 2012, and seems to be heading even further based on this year’s schedule of events.
The Santa Monica, CA-based, theater company is also growing revenue and earnings at a remarkable rate, which signifies the solid returns from more »
One of the biggest names in film and TV entertainment, Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF) has grown tremendously over the past decade, with revenues up by more than 400% in that period. However, the company has a pretty poor record of profitability, posting losses in eight out of the past 10 years, and hasn’t turned a profit since 2007. With some successful acquisitions, and some even more successful new more »
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Moats that matter
Bona Film is the more »
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Bona Film is more »
Can Disney (NYSE: DIS) pull off another Pixar and continue its amazing performance?
Since Disney bought Pixar back on May 5, 2006, its stock has gone up by 100% while the S&P 500 has gone up by 22%. Disney spent $7.4 billion to buy out Pixar, offering 2.3 Disney shares for each Pixar share. This is what led the late Steve Jobs to become Disney's largest more »
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Two companies are finally taking off after a few spectacularly successful hits: Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF) and AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX)which finally made their bones with 1960's period drama Mad more »
There are some really amazing developments unfolding in television and movie distribution. Streaming services are becoming more relevant and are starting to be used for first-run content.
Though this is very exciting for consumers and employees in the entertainment industry, this is not good news for investors. This is a source of uncertainty and not assurance that investments will earn returns in the future. Investors should demand cheap valuations on more »
With the Oscars having just wrapped up I can safely assume that many of you are feeling the movie spirit, and you probably want to check out some of the winners, head to the theater to see what else is out, or find a Redbox to pick something random up to watch. Well, the companies that make the movies you and I watch are, for the most part, publicly traded more »
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