The Washington Post Company

  • A Closer Look at The Washington Post's Valuation

    By Anh HOANG - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BLC, CMCSA, GCI, WPO

    Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, has just entered an agreement with The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) to buy the newspaper publishing business, including The Washington Post newspaper, the Express newspaper and Greater Washington Publishing for around $250 million. As the newspaper publishing business has produced an increasing amount of losses, this divestment makes sense for The Washington Post, enhancing the potential value of the company more »

  • Does Jeff Bezos Know What He's Doing With the Washington Post?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NYT, WPO

    The ramifications of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos' out-of-nowhere decision to invest $250 million of his own money in the Washington Post Company's (NYSE: WPO) flagship newspaper extend far beyond the narrow world of newspaper publishing. Although Rupert Murdoch's 2007 purchase of the Wall Street Journal sent similar shockwaves through the industry, Bezos' foray into print represents the first time that a technology entrepreneur has "crossed over more »

  • A New Era for The Washington Post Company?

    By Fani Kelesidou - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DV, WPO

    Just a couple of days ago, and out of the blue, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (himself not Amazon) took The Washington Post Company's (NYSE: WPO) namesake newspaper and Watergate-era icon off its hands, ending four generations of stewardship by the Graham family.

    What does an e-commerce pioneer like Bezos have to do with an old-media newspaper like the Post? More importantly, what does the future hold for the Washington more »

  • Will Buffett And Munger's Media Investments Make You Rich?

    By Ryan Palmer - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: DJCO, MEG, WPO

    Warren Buffett has always loved newsprint. One of his most famous, and successful investments, was in The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). Many people are aware of Jeff Bezos's decision to purchase the company's flagship newspaper for $250 million.

    A lesser known story is the success Buffett's investment in the paper's former parent company. The Oracle of Omaha has seen the value of his investment in more »

  • Washington Post: Not Just a Newspaper Company

    By Ted Cooper - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, DTV, WPO

    Monday's announcement that Jeff Bezos would buy the Washington Post (the newspaper, not the whole company) for $250 million came as a surprise to most observers, who could not imagine the Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) without the Washington Post. But what appears to be a lack of respect for tradition -- the Graham family has controlled the Post for nearly 80 years -- may have been the best move for shareholders more »

  • What Jeff Bezos Means for The Future of Newspapers

    By John McKenna - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, NYT, WPO

    What’s a Silicon Valley billionaire going to do with one of the nation’s most revered newspapers? And why would he pay $250 million, 17 times the estimated EBITDA, for it?

    Those questions ran through most people’s minds once the news broke of Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos buying the Graham-family owned Washington Post (NYSE: WPO). Newspapers have been falling by the wayside for the last three more »

  • Will Bezos Transform the Newspaper Business?

    By Stephanie Faris - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GCI, WPO

    The days of trudging out to the driveway to pick up the Sunday morning newspaper are gone for many Americans. In the Internet age, consumers are more likely to pick up their iPad or Kindle HD to read the day's headlines.

    But the news that Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos is personally purchasing The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) has many wondering if that will change. Part of more »

  • What Bezos Brings to The Washington Post

    By Mark Hibben - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, WPO

    On its face, the purchase of The Washington Post newspaper by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be a philanthropic good deed. For a mere 1% of his estimated net worth of $25 billion, Bezos takes a money loser off the hands of the The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) and frees it of the pressure to be profitable by taking it private. Bezos could have found a more »

  • The Washington Post's Sale: Digital's Revolution Is Still About Content

    By Daniel Cawrey - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, FB, GOOG, WPO

    For years, The Washington Post has been a respected newspaper for journalism. It's been independently owned and apart from the huge media companies that exist today. This aspect has been something that the Post has been proud of, but it's also possibly an element that has held it back. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos' purchase of the Post will likely change that and give the company a more »

  • Did Jeff Bezos Just Steal The Washington Post?

    By Bob Ciura - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: GCI, NYT, WPO

    The financial media is abuzz with the news that Jeff Bezos, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon, just purchased the newspaper assets of The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) for a cool $250 million.

    Not surprisingly, the Washington Post rallied on the news, breaching $600 per share for the first time in years. The Washington Post’s investors, including none other than Warren Buffett, are the big winners on this more »

  • What is The Washington Post Really Worth?

    By Anh HOANG - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: BLC, CMCSA, GCI, WPO

    Billionaire Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, has recently excited about the newspaper business. He has just entered an agreement with The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) to buy the newspaper publishing business, including The Washington Post newspaper, the Express newspaper and Greater Washington Publishing. Washington Post reported that the buyer is Mr. Bezos alone, not relating to Amazon.com. The purchase price comes in at around more »

  • Should You Dip a Toe in the Education Sector?

    By Robert Hanley - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: APOL, LOPE, WPO

    According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a record 21.6 million students attended U.S. colleges and universities in 2012, up 40% from 2000. With relatively inelastic demand, seemingly bottomless government funding, and a limited supply of schools, the sector seems to have favorable investment characteristics. Indeed, the industry’s favorable economics led to fast growth for the for-profit education providers, until government investigations into programs and recruiting more »

  • Is Digital Destroying Another Industry?

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: GCI, NYT, WPO

    Although the race to reach $1,000 is now between Google and Priceline, and up until last year included Apple, it's relatively unknown that one of the major newspaper companies reached $980 back in 2004. But with the rise of technology and digital news, how the mighty hath fallen; the stock now trades with a price tag of $530.

    The thing is, The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) is much more »

  • Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

    By Awais Iqbal - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: WPO, TRI

    Diversification has become the need of the hour for many in the fast and rapidly changing world of today. It tends to strengthen the foothold of a company. Any specific business risk can provide limited harm to a diversified company, as it has only a part of its funds invested in one business. The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) is one such company that's trying to adopt this rule.

    The more »

  • John Wiley Is Positioning Itself for the Future

    By Delian Naydenov - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: JW-A, RUK, WPO

    John Wiley & Sons (NYSE: JW-A), Reed Elsevier (NYSE: RUK), and the Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) are three companies that should continue to benefit from the shift of economies based on industry and agriculture to ones relying on knowledge and information. Each of these companies has multiple classes of shares, which is common in the media and publishing industries, where one class has more voting power than another. Importantly, each company more »

  • Can New York Times' New Mobile Website Bolster its Earnings?

    By Ashit Gulati - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: GCI, NYT, WPO

    The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) recently re-launched its mobile website as an initiative toward creating more responsive and engaging content across all its digital platforms.

    The restructuring is also expected to revive the declining revenues from other divisions such as print advertising. New York Times' mobile website relaunch is its first step toward developing a more robust and loyal user base in a highly competitive digital news industry.

    This more »

  • How Will New York Time’s Mobile Upgrades Impact its Stock Price?

    By Ashit Gulati - July 13, 2013 | Tickers: GCI, NYT, WPO

    The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT)  recently redesigned and developed its mobile website and re-launched it altogether as an initiative towards creating responsive and more engaging content across all of  its digital platforms.

    The restructuring is also expected to revive the declining revenues from other divisions such as print advertising division. New York Times mobile relaunch is its first step towards developing a robust and a more loyal user more »

  • After Bankruptcy, This Company Wastes No Time in Entering a New Market

    By Mike Thiessen - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: NYT, WPO, TRBAA

    Since its recent emergence from bankruptcy, Tribune Company (NASDAQOTH: TRBAA) has been a popular topic of discussion among investors, market-watchers and media professionals. Once seen as a leading indicator of the print media industry's decline, Tribune has somehow avoided its preordained fate. Far from being a casualty of the new-media landscape, the company is in the midst of an aggressive expansion that could turn it into one of the more »

  • Why Should You Invest In This Media Company Like Warren Buffett?

    By Mike Thiessen - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: BRK-B, MEG, WPO, TRBAA

    Media General (NYSE: MEG) has inked a formal merger agreement with privately owned New Young Broadcasting. While this deal is not particularly large and does not offer an immediate arbitrage premium, it has some interesting characteristics that should encourage investors to take a closer look. 

    For starters, Media General has been a favorite of Warren Buffett for some time. The renowned investor's gamble on the rapidly consolidating local broadcast more »

  • Has This Media Company Bitten off More Than it Can Chew?

    By Leo Sun - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: BLC, GCI, NYT, WPO

    Gannett Company (NYSE: GCI), the largest U.S. newspaper in terms of daily circulation, recently made a huge splash in the local television industry after its $2.2 billion acquisition of Belo Corporation (NYSE: BLC), the owner of 21 local television stations across the United States. The acquisition, which more than doubles Gannett’s portfolio of television stations to 43, will make it the largest operator of local affiliates in more »

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