The Walt Disney Company Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months Earnings for Fiscal 2021

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today reported earnings for its third fiscal quarter ended July 3, 2021. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations for the quarter was income of $0.50 compared to a loss of $2.61 in the prior-year quarter. Excluding certain items(1), diluted EPS for the quarter increased to $0.80 from $0.08 in the prior-year quarter. Diluted EPS from continuing operations for the nine months ended July 3, 2021 increased to income of $1.02 compared to a loss of $1.17 in the prior-year period. Excluding certain items(1), diluted EPS for the nine months decreased 14% to $1.91 from $2.22 in the prior-year period.

“We ended the third quarter in a strong position, and are pleased with the Company’s trajectory as we grow our businesses amidst the ongoing challenges of the pandemic,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We continue to introduce exciting new experiences at our parks and resorts worldwide, along with new guest-centric services, and our direct-to-consumer business is performing very well, with a total of nearly 174 million subscriptions across Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu at the end of the quarter, and a host of new content coming to the platforms.”

The following table summarizes the third quarter results for fiscal 2021 and 2020 (in millions, except per share amounts):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Revenues

 

$

17,022

 

 

$

11,779

 

 

45

%

 

$

48,884

 

 

$

50,681

 

 

(4

)%

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

 

$

995

 

 

$

(4,840

)

 

nm

 

$

2,271

 

 

$

(1,163

)

 

nm

Total segment operating income(1)

 

$

2,382

 

 

$

1,099

 

 

>100%

 

$

6,179

 

 

$

7,502

 

 

(18

)%

Net income (loss) from continuing operations(2)

 

$

923

 

 

$

(4,718

)

 

nm

 

$

1,864

 

 

$

(2,122

)

 

nm

Diluted EPS from continuing operations(2)

 

$

0.50

 

 

$

(2.61

)

 

nm

 

$

1.02

 

 

$

(1.17

)

 

nm

Diluted EPS excluding certain items(1)

 

$

0.80

 

 

$

0.08

 

 

>100%

 

$

1.91

 

 

$

2.22

 

 

(14

)%

Cash provided by continuing operations

 

$

1,466

 

 

$

1,162

 

 

26

%

 

$

2,934

 

 

$

5,949

 

 

(51

)%

Free cash flow(1)

 

$

528

 

 

$

454

 

 

16

%

 

$

466

 

 

$

2,656

 

 

(82

)%

(1)

 

Diluted EPS excluding certain items, total segment operating income and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures. The comparable GAAP measures are diluted EPS from continuing operations, income from continuing operations before income taxes, and cash provided by continuing operations, respectively. See the discussion on page 2 and on pages 11 through 14.

(2)

 

Reflects amounts attributable to shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, i.e. after deduction of income attributable to noncontrolling interests

SEGMENT RESULTS

The Company evaluates the performance of its operating segments based on segment operating income, and management uses total segment operating income as a measure of the performance of operating businesses separate from non-operating factors. The Company believes that information about total segment operating income assists investors by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of the Company’s portfolio of businesses separate from non-operational factors that affect net income, thus providing separate insight into both operations and other factors that affect reported results.

The following is a reconciliation of income from continuing operations before income taxes to total segment operating income (in millions):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

 

$

995

 

 

$

(4,840

)

 

nm

 

$

2,271

 

 

$

(1,163

)

 

nm

Add (subtract):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses

 

212

 

 

179

 

 

(18

)%

 

645

 

 

604

 

 

(7

)%

Restructuring and impairment charges

 

35

 

 

5,047

 

 

99

%

 

562

 

 

5,342

 

 

89

%

Other (income) expense, net

 

91

 

 

(382

)

 

nm

 

(214

)

 

(382

)

 

(44

)%

Interest expense, net

 

445

 

 

412

 

 

(8

)%

 

1,089

 

 

995

 

 

(9

)%

Amortization of TFCF and Hulu intangible assets and fair value step-up on film and television costs

 

604

 

 

683

 

 

12

%

 

1,826

 

 

2,106

 

 

13

%

Total Segment Operating Income

 

$

2,382

 

 

$

1,099

 

 

>100%

 

$

6,179

 

 

$

7,502

 

 

(18

)%

Since early 2020 and continuing into 2021, COVID-19 and measures to prevent its spread have impacted our segments in a number of ways, most significantly at the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment where our theme parks and resorts have been closed and cruise ship sailings and guided tours have been suspended. Theme parks and resorts resumed operations, generally at reduced capacity, at various points since May 2020 through June 2021 and we have commenced an ongoing return of cruise ship sailings and guided tours. In addition, we have delayed, or in some cases, shortened or canceled, theatrical releases, and stage play performances were suspended beginning in March 2020 with limited stage play operations resuming in the first quarter of fiscal 2021. Theaters have been subject to capacity limitations and shifting government mandates or guidance regarding COVID-19 restrictions. We have experienced disruptions in the production and availability of content, including the delay of key live sports programming during fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2021, as well as the suspension of most film and television production in March 2020. Although most film and television production resumed beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, we continue to see disruption of film and television production, as well as live sports events, depending on local circumstances. Fewer theatrical releases and production delays have limited the availability of film content to be sold in the subsequent home entertainment and TV/ SVOD distribution windows. We have and will continue to incur additional costs to address government regulations and implement safety measures for our employees, talent and guests. The timing, duration and extent of these costs will depend on the timing and scope of our operations as they resume as well as regulatory or other requirements. We currently expect these costs will total approximately $1 billion in fiscal 2021. Some of these costs may be capitalized and amortized over future periods.

The most significant impact on operating income since the second quarter of fiscal 2020 from COVID-19 was at the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment due to revenue lost, and although results have improved in the current quarter compared to the prior-year quarter from reopening our parks and resorts, we continue to be impacted by the suspension of cruise ship sailings (with an ongoing return of cruise ship sailings beginning in July 2021) and reduced operating capacities across many of our Disney Parks, Experiences and Products businesses. We estimate segment operating income for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment in the current nine-month period declined $1.6 billion compared to the prior-year nine-month period due to COVID-19. This impact is net of an estimated $2.2 billion improvement in the current quarter compared to the prior-year quarter. For the current quarter and nine-month period, COVID-19 had a negative impact at our Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution segment compared to the prior-year quarter and nine-month period as higher advertising revenue from the return of live sports programming was more than offset by higher sports programming costs. The impact on our other film and television distribution businesses was less significant as revenue lost from the deferral or cancellation of significant film releases was largely offset by costs avoided due to a reduction in film cost amortization, marketing and distribution costs. The entire current nine-month period for both segments was impacted by COVID-19, while only a portion of the prior-year nine-month period was impacted.

The following table summarizes the third quarter segment revenue and segment operating income for fiscal 2021 and 2020 (in millions):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution

 

$

12,681

 

 

$

10,714

 

 

18

%

 

$

37,782

 

 

$

36,376

 

 

4

%

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

 

4,341

 

 

1,065

 

 

>100%

 

11,102

 

 

14,305

 

 

(22

)%

Total Revenues

 

$

17,022

 

 

$

11,779

 

 

45

%

 

$

48,884

 

 

$

50,681

 

 

(4

)%

Segment operating income (loss):

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution

 

$

2,026

 

 

$

2,977

 

 

(32

)%

 

$

6,348

 

 

$

6,102

 

 

4

%

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

 

356

 

 

(1,878

)

 

nm

 

(169

)

 

1,400

 

 

nm

Total Segment Operating Income

 

$

2,382

 

 

$

1,099

 

 

>100%

 

$

6,179

 

 

$

7,502

 

 

(18

)%

Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution

Revenue and operating results for the Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution segment are as follows (in millions):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Change

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linear Networks

 

$

6,956

 

 

$

6,010

 

 

16

%

 

$

21,395

 

 

$

20,571

 

 

4

%

Direct-to-Consumer

 

4,256

 

 

2,712

 

 

57

%

 

11,759

 

 

7,252

 

 

62

%

Content Sales/Licensing and Other

 

1,681

 

 

2,183

 

 

(23

)%

 

5,299

 

 

9,104

 

 

(42

)%

Elimination of Intrasegment Revenue(1)

 

(212

)

 

(191

)

 

(11

)%

 

(671

)

 

(551

)

 

(22

)%

 

 

$

12,681

 

 

$

10,714

 

 

18

%

 

$

37,782

 

 

$

36,376

 

 

4

%

Operating income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linear Networks

 

$

2,187

 

 

$

3,285

 

 

(33

)%

 

$

6,765

 

 

$

7,574

 

 

(11

)%

Direct-to-Consumer

 

(293

)

 

(624

)

 

53

%

 

(1,049

)

 

(2,539

)

 

59

%

Content Sales/Licensing and Other

 

132

 

 

316

 

 

(58

)%

 

632

 

 

1,067

 

 

(41

)%

 

 

$

2,026

 

 

$

2,977

 

 

(32

)%

 

$

6,348

 

 

$

6,102

 

 

4

%

(1)

 

 Reflects fees received by the Linear Networks from other DMED businesses for the right to air our Linear Networks and related services.

Linear Networks

Linear Networks revenues for the quarter increased 16% to $7.0 billion, and operating income decreased 33% to $2.2 billion. The following table provides further detail of the Linear Networks results (in millions):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

Change

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Supplemental revenue detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Channels

 

$

5,561

 

$

4,926

 

13%

International Channels

 

1,395

 

1,084

 

29%

 

 

$

6,956

 

$

6,010

 

16%

Supplemental operating income detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Channels

 

$

1,803

 

$

2,850

 

(37)%

International Channels

 

169

 

219

 

(23)%

Equity in the income of investees

 

215

 

216

 

—%

 

 

$

2,187

 

$

3,285

 

(33)%

Domestic Channels

Domestic Channels revenues for the quarter increased 13% to $5.6 billion and operating income decreased 37% to $1.8 billion. The decrease in operating income was due to a decrease at Cable and to a lesser extent, at Broadcasting.

The decrease at Cable was due to higher programming and production costs and to a lesser extent, an increase in marketing costs, partially offset by higher advertising and to a lesser extent, affiliate revenue. The increase in programming and production costs was due to the return of live sports events, which were canceled or delayed in the prior-year quarter due to COVID-19, driven by the NBA and MLB. Advertising revenue growth was due to higher rates and higher average viewership, both of which benefited from the return of live sports events. Affiliate revenue growth was due to an increase in contractual rates, partially offset by fewer subscribers.

The decrease at Broadcasting was due to lower results at ABC, partially offset by growth at the owned television stations. The decrease at ABC was due to higher programming and production costs and to a lesser extent, an increase in marketing costs, partially offset by higher advertising and affiliate revenue. The increase in programming and production costs was due to a higher cost mix of programming and the shift in timing of The Academy Awards, which aired in the current quarter compared to the second quarter in the prior fiscal year. The higher cost mix of programming reflected more hours of original scripted programming in the current quarter as well as incremental costs of health and safety measures since the onset of COVID-19. Advertising revenue growth was due to the timing of The Academy Awards and increased rates, partially offset by fewer impressions, reflecting lower average viewership. Affiliate revenue growth was due to an increase in contractual rates. The increase at the owned television stations was due to higher advertising revenue reflecting increased rates and the timing of The Academy Awards.

International Channels

International Channels revenues for the quarter increased 29% to $1.4 billion and operating income decreased 23% to $169 million. The decrease in operating income was due to higher programming and production costs, partially offset by advertising revenue growth due to increases in average viewership and rates. The increases in programming and production costs and average viewership were driven by the return of live sports events, primarily Indian Premier League cricket matches.

Direct-to-Consumer

Direct-to-Consumer revenues for the quarter increased 57% to $4.3 billion and operating loss decreased from $0.6 billion to $0.3 billion. The decrease in operating loss was due to improved results at Hulu, partially offset by a higher loss at Disney+.

The increase at Hulu was due to subscription revenue growth and higher advertising revenue, partially offset by an increase in programming and production costs. Subscription revenue growth was due to an increase in subscribers and, to a lesser extent, higher rates driven by an increase in retail pricing for the Hulu Live TV+ SVOD service in December 2020. Higher advertising revenue was primarily due to increased impressions. The increase in programming and production costs was due to higher subscriber-based fees for programming the Live television service driven by an increase in the number of subscribers and rate increases.

The higher loss at Disney+ was due to higher programming and production, marketing and technology costs, partially offset by an increase in subscription revenue and Premier Access revenue for Cruella in the current quarter. Higher subscription revenue reflected subscriber growth and increases in retail pricing. The increases in costs and subscribers reflected ongoing expansion of Disney+ including launches in additional markets.

The following table presents the number of paid subscribers(1) (in millions) for Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu as of :

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Disney+(2)

 

116.0

 

57.5

 

>100%

ESPN+

 

14.9

 

8.5

 

75%

Hulu

 

 

 

 

 

 

SVOD Only

 

39.1

 

32.1

 

22%

Live TV + SVOD

 

3.7

 

3.4

 

9%

Total Hulu

 

42.8

 

35.5

 

21%

The following table presents the average monthly revenue per paid subscriber(3) for the quarter ended:

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Disney+(2)

 

$

4.16

 

$

4.62

 

(10)%

ESPN+

 

$

4.47

 

$

4.18

 

7%

Hulu

 

 

 

 

 

 

SVOD Only

 

$

13.15

 

$

11.39

 

15%

Live TV + SVOD

 

$

84.09

 

$

68.11

 

23%

(1)

 

A subscriber for which we recognized subscription revenue. A subscriber ceases to be a paid subscriber as of their effective cancellation date or as a result of a failed payment method. A subscription bundle is considered a paid subscriber for each service included in the bundle. Subscribers include those who receive the service through wholesale arrangements in which we receive a fee for the distribution of Disney+ to each subscriber to an existing content distribution tier. When we aggregate the total number of paid subscribers across our direct-to-consumer services, whether acquired individually, through a wholesale arrangement or via the bundle, we refer to them as paid subscriptions.

(2)

 

Includes Disney+ Hotstar. Disney+ Hotstar launched on April 3, 2020 in India (as a conversion of the preexisting Hotstar service), on September 5, 2020 in Indonesia, on June 1, 2021 in Malaysia, and on June 30, 2021 in Thailand. Disney+ Hotstar average monthly revenue per paid subscriber is significantly lower than the average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for Disney+ in other markets.

(3)

 

Revenue per paid subscriber is calculated based on the average of the monthly average paid subscribers for each month in the period. The monthly average paid subscribers is calculated as the sum of the beginning of the month and end of the month paid subscriber count, divided by two. Disney+ average monthly revenue per paid subscriber is calculated using a daily average of paid subscribers for the period. Revenue includes subscription fees, advertising (excluding revenue earned from selling advertising spots to other Company businesses) and premium and feature add-on revenue but excludes Premier Access and Pay-Per-View revenue. The average revenue per subscriber is net of discounts offered on bundled services. The bundled discount is allocated to each service based on the relative retail price of each service on a standalone basis. In general, wholesale arrangements have a lower average monthly revenue per paid subscriber than subscribers that we acquire directly or through third party platforms like Apple.

The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for Disney+ decreased from $4.62 to $4.16 due to a higher mix of Disney+ Hotstar subscribers in the current quarter compared to the prior-year quarter, partially offset by a lower mix of wholesale subscribers and increases in retail pricing.

The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for ESPN+ increased from $4.18 to $4.47 due to an increase in retail pricing and higher per-subscriber advertising revenue, partially offset by a higher mix of subscribers to the bundled offering.

The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for the Hulu SVOD Only service increased from $11.39 to $13.15 due to higher per-subscriber advertising revenue and a lower mix of wholesale subscribers, partially offset by a higher mix of subscribers to the bundled offering. The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for the Hulu Live TV + SVOD service increased from $68.11 to $84.09 due to increases in retail pricing, per-subscriber advertising revenue and per-subscriber premium and feature add-on revenue, partially offset by a higher mix of subscribers to the bundled offering.

Content Sales/Licensing and Other

Content Sales/Licensing and Other revenues for the quarter decreased 23% to $1.7 billion and operating income decreased 58 % to $132 million. The decrease in operating income was due to lower home entertainment and theatrical distribution results.

The decrease in home entertainment results was due to lower unit sales of new release titles, reflecting the performance of Raya and the Last Dragon and Soul in the current quarter compared to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Frozen II, Onward, Call of the Wild and Ford v. Ferrari in the prior-year quarter, along with lower catalog sales. Content available for distribution in the home entertainment window has been impacted by the production delays and fewer theatrical releases since the onset of COVID-19.

The decrease in theatrical distribution results was primarily due to higher marketing expense for future releases and lower operating income from titles in release. Cruella was released in the current quarter, whereas there were no titles released in the prior-year quarter.

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products revenues for the quarter increased to $4.3 billion compared to $1.1 billion in the prior-year quarter. Segment operating results increased $2.2 billion to income of $356 million. Operating income for the quarter reflected increases at our domestic and international parks and experiences businesses and at merchandise licensing and retail.

Growth at our parks and experiences business was due to the reopening of our parks and resorts. Walt Disney World Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort were open for the entire quarter. In the prior-year quarter, Walt Disney World Resort was closed for the entire quarter and Shanghai Disney Resort was open for 48 days. Hong Kong Disneyland was open for 72 days in the current quarter and 10 days in the prior-year quarter. Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris were open for 65 days and 19 days respectively, during the current quarter, whereas these businesses were closed for all of the prior-year quarter. During the periods our parks and resorts were open, they were generally operating at reduced capacities.

Growth in merchandise licensing was primarily due to higher revenue from merchandise based on Mickey and Minnie, Star Wars, including The Mandalorian, Disney Princesses and Spider-Man. The increase at our retail business was due to higher results at Disney Stores, most of which were closed in the prior-year quarter and the comparison to the write-down of store assets in the prior-year quarter.

The following table presents supplemental revenue and operating income (loss) detail for the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment:

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

% Change

Better

(Worse)

(in millions)

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Supplemental revenue detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parks & Experiences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic

 

$

2,656

 

 

$

213

 

 

>100%

International

 

526

 

 

116

 

 

>100%

Consumer Products

 

1,159

 

 

736

 

 

57%

 

 

$

4,341

 

 

$

1,065

 

 

>100%

Supplemental operating income (loss) detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parks & Experiences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic

 

$

2

 

 

$

(1,584

)

 

nm

International

 

(210

)

 

(438

)

 

52%

Consumer Products

 

564

 

 

144

 

 

>100%

 

 

$

356

 

 

$

(1,878

)

 

nm

OTHER FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Corporate and Unallocated Shared Expenses

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses increased $33 million from $179 million to $212 million for the quarter primarily due to higher compensation costs.

Restructuring and Impairment Charges

During the current and prior-year quarters, the Company recorded charges totaling $35 million and $5,047 million, respectively. The current quarter charges were for severance at the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment. The charges in the prior-year quarter included $4,953 million of impairments of goodwill and intangible assets and $94 million of severance and contract termination costs related to the acquisition and integration of TFCF.

Other Income (Expense), net

Other income (expense), net was as follows (in millions):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

DraftKings gain (loss)

 

$

(217

)

 

$

382

 

 

nm

German FTA gain

 

126

 

 

 

 

nm

Other income (expense), net

 

$

(91

)

 

$

382

 

 

nm

In the current quarter, the Company recognized a non-cash loss to adjust its investment in DraftKings, Inc. (DraftKings) to fair value. The Company also recognized a gain on the sale of the Company’s 50% interest in a German free-to-air (FTA) television network (German FTA gain). In the prior-year quarter, the Company recognized a non-cash gain to adjust its investment in DraftKings to fair value.

Interest Expense, net

Interest expense, net was as follows (in millions):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Interest expense

 

$

(404

)

 

$

(456

)

 

11

%

Interest, investment income (loss) and other

 

(41

)

 

44

 

 

nm

Interest expense, net

 

$

(445

)

 

$

(412

)

 

(8

)%

The decrease in interest expense was due to lower average interest rates and lower average debt balances.

The decrease in interest income, investment income (loss) and other was due to net investment losses in the current quarter compared to net investment gains in the prior-year quarter and higher pension and postretirement benefit costs, other than service cost.

Equity in the Income of Investees

Equity in the income of investees was as follows (in millions):

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

 

 

July 3,

2021

 

June 27,

2020

 

Change

Amounts included in segment results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution

 

$

220

 

 

$

199

 

 

11

%

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

 

(5

)

 

(6

)

 

17

%

Amortization of TFCF intangible assets related to equity investees

 

(4

)

 

(7

)

 

43

%

Equity in the income of investees

 

$

211

 

 

$

186

 

 

13

%

Contacts

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