10-K 1 d405160d10k.htm FORM 10-K Form 10-K
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the Fiscal Year Ended September 29, 2012    Commission File Number 1-11605

 

LOGO

 

Incorporated in Delaware

500 South Buena Vista Street, Burbank, California 91521

(818) 560-1000

  

I.R.S. Employer Identification No.

95-4545390

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class

  

Name of Each Exchange

on Which Registered

Common Stock, $.01 par value

   New York Stock Exchange

Securities Registered Pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None.

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ü    No  

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.    Yes          No  ü

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  ü    No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).     Yes    ü    No  

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. [    ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer”, and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act (Check one).

 

Large accelerated filer

  ü       Accelerated filer     

Non-accelerated filer (do not check if

    smaller reporting company)

          Smaller reporting company     

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).     Yes          No  ü    

The aggregate market value of common stock held by non-affiliates (based on the closing price on the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter as reported on the New York Stock Exchange-Composite Transactions) was $78.3 billion. All executive officers and directors of the registrant and all persons filing a Schedule 13D with the Securities and Exchange Commission in respect to registrant’s common stock have been deemed, solely for the purpose of the foregoing calculation, to be “affiliates” of the registrant.

There were 1,772,122,139 shares of common stock outstanding as of November 14, 2012.

Documents Incorporated by Reference

Certain information required for Part III of this report is incorporated herein by reference to the proxy statement for the 2013 annual meeting of the Company’s shareholders.


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THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

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PART I   

ITEM 1.

  Business      1   

ITEM 1A.

  Risk Factors      17   

ITEM 1B.

  Unresolved Staff Comments      22   

ITEM 2.

  Properties      23   

ITEM 3.

  Legal Proceedings      24   

Executive Officers of the Company

     25   
PART II   

ITEM 5.

  Market for the Company’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities      26   

ITEM 6.

  Selected Financial Data      27   

ITEM 7.

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations      28   

ITEM 7A.

  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk      53   

ITEM 8.

  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data      54   

ITEM 9.

  Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure      54   

ITEM 9A.

  Controls and Procedures      54   

ITEM 9B.

  Other Information      55   
PART III   

ITEM 10.

  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance      57   

ITEM 11.

  Executive Compensation      57   

ITEM 12.

  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters      57   

ITEM 13.

  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence      57   

ITEM 14.

  Principal Accounting Fees and Services      57   
PART IV   

ITEM 15.

  Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules      58   

SIGNATURES

     61   

Consolidated Financial Information — The Walt Disney Company

     62   


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PART I

ITEM 1. Business

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in five business segments: Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive. For convenience, the terms “Company” and “we” are used to refer collectively to the parent company and the subsidiaries through which our various businesses are actually conducted.

Information on the Company’s revenues, operating income, and identifiable assets appears in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8 hereof. The Company employed approximately 166,000 people as of September 29, 2012.

MEDIA NETWORKS

The Media Networks segment includes international and domestic cable television networks, a domestic broadcast television network, television production operations, domestic and international television distribution, domestic television stations, domestic broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations.

Cable Networks

Our cable networks include ESPN, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family, and SOAPnet. We also operate the UTV/Bindass networks in India. The cable networks group produces its own programs or acquires rights from third-parties to air programs on our networks. The Company also has interests in joint ventures that operate cable and broadcast programming services and are accounted for under the equity method of accounting.

Cable networks derive a majority of their revenues from fees charged to cable, satellite and telecommunications service providers (Multi-channel Video Programming Distributors or MVPDs) for the right to deliver our programming to their customers and, for certain networks (primarily ESPN and ABC Family), the sale to advertisers of time in network programs for commercial announcements. Generally, the Company’s cable networks operate under multi-year agreements with MVPDs that include contractually determined fees. The amounts that we can charge to MVPDs for our cable network services are largely dependent on the competitive market and the quality and quantity of programming that we can provide. The ability to sell time for commercial announcements and the rates received are primarily dependent on the size and nature of the audience that the network can deliver to the advertiser as well as overall advertiser demand. We also sell programming developed by our cable networks to third parties worldwide in pay and syndication markets, in DVD format and also online to third-party services.

 

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The Company’s significant cable networks and our ownership percentage and estimated subscribers as of September 29, 2012 are set forth in the following table:

 

     Estimated
Subscribers

(in  millions) (1)
     Ownership
%
 

ESPN (2)

     

ESPN

     98            80.0      

ESPN2

     98            80.0      

ESPNEWS

     74            80.0      

ESPN Classic

     31            80.0      

ESPNU

     73            80.0      

Disney Channels Worldwide

     

Disney Channel - Domestic

     98            100.0      

Disney Channels – International (3)

     155            100.0      

Disney Junior – Domestic (3)

     52            100.0      

Disney Junior – International (3)

     73            100.0      

Disney XD - Domestic

     80            100.0      

Disney XD – International (3)

     95            100.0      

ABC Family

     97            100.0      

SOAPnet

     66            100.0      

A&E Television Networks (AETN) (2)

     

A&E

     98            50.0      

Lifetime

     98            50.0      

HISTORY

     98            50.0      

LMN

     84            50.0      

BIO

     69            50.0      

H2

     68            50.0      

Lifetime Real Women (3)

     16            50.0      

 

(1) 

Estimated United States (U.S.) subscriber counts according to Nielsen Media Research as of September 2012, except as noted below

(2) 

ESPN and AETN programming is distributed internationally through other networks discussed below

(3) 

Subscriber counts are not rated by Nielsen Media Research and are based on internal management reports

ESPN

ESPN is a multimedia, multinational sports entertainment company that operates eight 24-hour domestic television sports networks: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes (a Spanish language network), ESPNU (a network devoted to college sports), ESPN 3D, and the regionally focused Longhorn Network (a network dedicated to The University of Texas athletics). ESPN also operates five high-definition television simulcast services, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPNEWS HD, ESPNU HD, and ESPN Deportes HD. ESPN programs the sports schedule on the ABC Television Network, which is branded ESPN on ABC. ESPN owns 27 international sports networks reaching households in 190 countries and territories in 11 languages. In addition, ESPN holds a 30% equity interest in CTV Specialty Television, Inc., which owns television networks in Canada, including The Sports Network, The Sports Network 2, Le Réseau des Sports, ESPN Classic Canada, the NHL Network and Discovery Canada. ESPN owned a 50% equity interest in ESPN Star Sports, which distributes sports programming throughout most of Asia on 15 international sports networks. ESPN sold its interest to the joint venture partner in November 2012. (See Note 18 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.)

ESPN holds rights for various professional and college sports programming including the National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), Major League Baseball (MLB), college football and basketball conferences, National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), the Wimbledon Championships, US Open Tennis and the Masters golf tournament.

 

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ESPN also operates:

 

   

ESPN.com - which delivers comprehensive sports news, information and video each month through its national hub and six local sites – ESPNBoston.com, ESPNChicago.com, ESPNDallas.com, ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com, ESPNLosAngeles.com and ESPNNewYork.com

 

   

ESPN3 - which is a broadband service available to over 70 million subscribers that delivers more than 4,000 live events annually

 

   

ESPN Mobile Properties - which delivers content, including live game coverage, alerts and highlights, to mobile devices

 

   

WatchESPN – which delivers ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU content online or through mobile devices. Content is available to consumers who have subscriptions to select MVPDs

 

   

ESPN Regional Television - which is a syndicator of collegiate sports programming

 

   

The ESPN Radio Network and four owned ESPN Radio stations - which distributes regularly scheduled programming, making it one of the largest sports radio networks in the U.S. The ESPN Radio branded network is carried on more than 350 stations and ESPN owns stations in New York, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles

 

   

ESPN The Magazine – which publishes a bi-weekly sports magazine

 

   

ESPN Enterprises - which develops branded licensing opportunities

 

   

espnW – which provides an online destination for female sports fans and athletes

Disney Channels Worldwide

Disney Channels Worldwide is a portfolio of over 100 entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 35 languages and 167 countries/territories and includes Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama and Radio Disney. Disney Channels Worldwide content is also available through subscription and video-on-demand services and online through our websites: DisneyXD.com, DisneyJunior.com, DisneyChannel.com and RadioDisney.com. Programming for these networks includes internally developed and acquired programming.

Disney Channel - Disney Channel is a 24-hour cable network airing original and acquired series and movie programming targeted to children ages 6-14 and families. Disney Channel develops and produces shows for exhibition on its network, including live-action comedy series, animated programming and educational preschool series, as well as original movies. Live-action comedy series include A.N.T. Farm, Good Luck Charlie, Jessie, Shake It Up, and Austin & Ally. Disney Channel also airs the animated programs, Phineas and Ferb, Fish Hooks, and Gravity Falls. Original animated series for preschoolers include Disney’s Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Special Agent Oso. Disney Channel also airs programming acquired from third parties and content from Disney’s theatrical film and television programming library.

Disney Junior - Disney Junior airs original and acquired programming for children ages 2-7 and their parents and caregivers, and features animated and live-action programming which blends Disney’s storytelling and characters with learning. Programming focuses on early math and language skills, healthy eating, lifestyle and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior airs as a programming block on Disney Channel and has a dedicated 24-hour channel. Disney Junior also has programming blocks in Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. In fiscal 2012, we began the conversion of SOAPnet to Disney Junior and many MVPDs that carried SOAPnet have transitioned to carrying the Disney Junior network.

Disney XD - Disney XD is a basic cable channel airing a mix of live-action and animated original programming and programming acquired from third parties for kids ages 6-14. Programming includes live-action series Kickin’ It, Lab Rats and Pair of Kings and animated series Phineas and Ferb, Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil, Motorcity, TRON: Uprising, Marvel Animation’s The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Ultimate Spider Man.

We also have Disney XD channels in Latin America, Europe and Asia that are 24-hour networks or programming blocks in approximately 130 countries/territories.

WatchDisneyChannel.com, WatchDisneyJunior.com and WatchDisneyXD.com launched in the U.S. in 2012 and are a new way for consumers to watch full-length episodes of Disney shows online through their computer or mobile device. Content is available to consumers who have subscriptions to select MVPDs.

 

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Disney Cinemagic - Disney Cinemagic is a premium subscription service in Europe. Disney Cinemagic shows Disney movies, classic and newer Disney cartoons and shorts as well as animated television series such as Disney’s House of Mouse, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, and Tarzan.

Hungama - Hungama is a kids general entertainment cable network in India which features a mix of anime, Hindi-language series and game shows.

Radio Disney - Radio Disney is a 24-hour radio network for kids, tweens and families which is available on 31 owned domestic terrestrial radio stations, RadioDisney.com, SiriusXM satellite radio, iTunes Radio Tuner, Facebook and mobile phones. Radio Disney programming can be downloaded via the iTunes Music Store. The Company operates twelve Radio Disney stations in South America.

Seven TV - On November 18, 2011, the Company acquired a 49% ownership interest in Seven TV network from UTH Russia Limited for $300 million. The Seven TV network has been converted to an ad-supported, free-to-air Disney Channel in Russia. (See Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.) The Company’s share of the financial results of Seven TV is reported as “Equity in the income of investees” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income.

ABC Family

ABC Family is a U.S. television programming service that targets viewers in the 14-34 demographic. ABC Family produces original live-action programming including the returning series The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Switched at Birth, Melissa & Joey as well as new original series Bunheads, Baby Daddy and the reality series Beverly Hills Nannies. ABC Family also acquires programming from third parties including the returning series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game. Additionally, ABC Family airs content from our owned theatrical film library and features branded holiday programming events such as “13 Nights of Halloween” and “25 Days of Christmas”.

ABCFamily.com provides online access to full-length episodes of ABC Family programming through personal computers and mobile devices. ABCFamily.com also provides online extensions to ABC Family programming such as Pretty Dirty Secrets which is an extension of Pretty Little Liars.

SOAPnet

SOAPnet offers same-day episodes of daytime dramas and classic episodes of daytime dramas and primetime series. Programming includes daytime dramas such as Days of Our Lives, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless and classic episodes from series such as All My Children, One Life to Live, The O.C., One Tree Hill, Beverly Hills 90210, The Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars and Brothers & Sisters. In fiscal 2012, we began the conversion of SOAPnet to Disney Junior and many MVPDs that carried SOAPnet have transitioned to carrying the Disney Junior network.

Content related to SOAPnet’s programming is available on SOAPnet.com, including commentary, video extras, games, blogs, community forums, photos and sneak peeks.

UTV

During fiscal 2012, the Company increased its ownership in UTV Software Communications Limited (UTV) from 50% to 99% through a public tender offer on the Indian stock exchange. (See Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.) UTV operates the Bindass, UTV World Movies, UTV Action, UTV Movies, and UTV Stars cable television channels in India as well as theatrical and television production and distribution and interactive game development businesses.

AETN

The A&E Television Networks (AETN), a joint venture owned 50% by the Company and 50% by the Hearst Corporation, operates a variety of cable programming services including A&E, HISTORY, BIO, H2, History En Espanol, Lifetime, LMN, and Lifetime Real Women. A&E offers entertainment ranging from reality series to original movies, dramatic series, and justice shows. HISTORY offers original non-fiction series and event-driven specials. BIO offers original series about prominent people and their lives, including the “Biography” series. H2 focuses on the culture and history of various countries throughout the world from the perspective of locals. Lifetime Television is devoted to women’s lifestyle programming. LMN is a 24-hour movie channel. Lifetime Real Women is a 24-hour cable network with programming focusing on women. Internationally, AETN programming is available in over 150 countries.

On August 22, 2012, the Company’s ownership interest in AETN increased from 42.1% to 50% as a result of AETN’s redemption of NBCUniversal’s 15.8% equity interest in AETN. See Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. The Company’s share of the financial results of AETN is reported as “Equity in the income of investees” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

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Broadcasting

Our broadcasting business includes the ABC Television Network (ABC), ABC Studios, Television Distribution and Domestic Television Stations. The Company also has an interest in a joint venture that distributes content on the internet.

Domestic Broadcast Television Network

The Company operates the ABC Television Network (ABC), which as of September 29, 2012, had affiliation agreements with 239 local television stations reaching 99% of all U.S. television households. ABC broadcasts programs in the following “dayparts”: primetime, daytime, late night, news, and sports.

ABC produces its own programs and also acquires programming rights from third parties, as well as entities that are owned by or affiliated with the Company. ABC derives the majority of its revenues from the sale to advertisers of time in network programs for commercial announcements. The ability to sell time for commercial announcements and the rates received are primarily dependent on the size and nature of the audience that the network can deliver to the advertiser as well as overall advertiser demand for time on network broadcasts. ABC also receives fees for its broadcast feed from affiliated television stations.

ABC.com is the official website of ABC and provides access to full-length episodes of ABC shows online through personal computers and mobile devices. ABCNews.com provides in-depth worldwide news coverage online and video-on-demand news reports from ABC News broadcasts. In October 2011, ABC News entered into an agreement to provide news content to Yahoo! News.

Television Production

The Company produces original live-action television programming under the ABC Studios label. Program development is carried out in collaboration with independent writers, producers, and creative teams, with a focus on half-hour comedies and one-hour dramas, primarily for primetime broadcasts. Primetime programming produced either for our networks or for third parties for the 2012/2013 television season include the returning one-hour dramas Army Wives, Body of Proof, Castle, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, Private Practice, Revenge and Scandal; the returning half-hour comedies Cougar Town and Happy Endings. New primetime series include the one hour dramas Nashville and Perception, and the half-hour comedies Malibu Country and The Neighbors. Additionally the drama series Devious Maids, Mistresses, Red Widow and Zero Hour and the comedy Family Tools are in production for mid-season launch. The Company also produces the late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live, and a variety of primetime specials for network television and live-action syndicated programming.

Syndicated programming includes the daytime talk shows, Katie and Live! with Kelly and Michael, and the game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The Company also produces news programming including World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, 20/20 and Nightline and programming for daytime such as The View, The Chew, This Week with George Stephanopoulos and General Hospital.

Television Distribution

We distribute the Company’s productions worldwide in pay and syndication markets, in DVD and Blu-ray formats and also online via Company internet sites such as ABC.com and third-party services. Our distribution groups also distribute programming aired on our cable networks.

Domestic Television Stations

The Company owns eight television stations, six of which are located in the top-ten markets in the U.S. The television stations derive the majority of their revenues from the sale to advertisers of time in television station programs for commercial announcements. The stations also receive retransmission fees from MVPDs for the right to deliver our programming to their customers. All of our television stations are affiliated with ABC and collectively reach 23% of the nation’s television households. Each owned station broadcasts three digital channels: the first consists of local, ABC, and syndicated programming; the second is the Live Well Network in standard definition; and the third is the Live Well Network in high definition.

The Live Well Network provides programming on lifestyle topics such as interior design, healthy cooking, and outdoor activities. The Live Well Network is available to 64% of the nation’s households through our owned stations and affiliates.

 

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Details for the stations we own are as follows:

 

TV Station

  

Market

   Television
Market
Ranking(1)

WABC

   New York, NY    1

KABC

   Los Angeles, CA    2

WLS

   Chicago, IL    3

WPVI

   Philadelphia, PA    4

KGO

   San Francisco, CA    6

KTRK

   Houston, TX    10

WTVD

   Raleigh-Durham, NC    24

KFSN

   Fresno, CA    55

 

(1) 

Based on Nielsen Media Research, U.S. Television Household Estimates, January 1, 2012

Hulu

Hulu LLC’s (Hulu) principal business is to aggregate television and film entertainment and other content for consumer viewing on the internet. Hulu generates revenue through the sale of advertising to third parties and from the Hulu Plus subscription service. On October 5, 2012, Hulu redeemed Providence Equity Partners’ 10% interest increasing the Company’s ownership interest from 29% to 32%. (See Note 18 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.) The Company’s share of the financial results of Hulu is reported as “Equity in the income of investees” in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income.

Competition and Seasonality

The Company’s Media Networks businesses compete for viewers primarily with other television and cable networks, independent television stations and other media, such as DVDs, video games and the internet. With respect to the sale of advertising time, our broadcasting operations, certain of our cable networks and our television and radio stations compete with other television networks and radio stations, independent television stations, MVPDs and other advertising media such as newspapers, magazines, billboards, and the internet. Our television and radio stations primarily compete for viewers in individual market areas. A television or radio station in one market generally does not compete directly with stations in other markets.

The growth in the number of networks distributed by MVPDs has resulted in increased competitive pressures for advertising revenues for both our broadcasting and cable networks. The Company’s cable networks also face competition from other cable networks for carriage by MVPDs. The Company’s contractual agreements with MVPDs are renewed or renegotiated from time to time in the ordinary course of business. Consolidation and other market conditions in the cable and satellite distribution industry and other factors may adversely affect the Company’s ability to obtain and maintain contractual terms for the distribution of its various cable programming services that are as favorable as those currently in place.

The Company’s Media Networks businesses also compete for the acquisition of sports and other programming. The market for programming is very competitive, particularly for sports programming. The Company currently has sports rights agreements with the NFL, college football and basketball conferences (including college football bowl games), NBA, NASCAR, MLB, World Cup and various soccer leagues, and golf and tennis associations.

The Company’s internet websites and digital products compete with other web sites and entertainment products in their respective categories.

Advertising revenues at the Media Networks are subject to seasonal advertising patterns and changes in viewership levels. Revenues are typically somewhat higher during the fall and somewhat lower during the summer months. Affiliate revenues are typically collected ratably throughout the year. Certain affiliate revenues at ESPN are deferred until annual programming commitments are met. These commitments are typically satisfied during the second half of the Company’s fiscal year, which generally results in higher revenue recognition during this period.

 

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Federal Regulation

Television and radio broadcasting are subject to extensive regulation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under federal laws and regulations, including the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. Violation of FCC regulations can result in substantial monetary forfeitures, limited renewals of licenses and, in egregious cases, denial of license renewal or revocation of a license. FCC regulations that affect our Media Networks segment include the following:

 

   

Licensing of television and radio stations. Each of the television and radio stations we own must be licensed by the FCC. These licenses are granted for periods of up to eight years, and we must obtain renewal of licenses as they expire in order to continue operating the stations. We (or the acquiring entity in the case of a divestiture) must also obtain FCC approval whenever we seek to have a license transferred in connection with the acquisition or divestiture of a station. The FCC may decline to renew or approve the transfer of a license in certain circumstances and may delay renewals while permitting a licensee to continue operating. The FCC has delayed renewals for a number of broadcast licensees, including a number of our licenses, in recent years while permitting the licensees to continue operating. Although we have received such renewals and approvals in the past or have been permitted to continue operations when renewal is delayed, there can be no assurance that this will be the case in the future.

 

   

Television and radio station ownership limits. The FCC imposes limitations on the number of television stations and radio stations we can own in a specific market, on the combined number of television and radio stations we can own in a single market and on the aggregate percentage of the national audience that can be reached by television stations we own. Currently:

 

   

FCC regulations may restrict our ability to own more than one television station in a market, depending on the size and nature of the market. We do not own more than one television station in any of the markets in which we own a television station.

 

   

Federal statutes permit our television stations in the aggregate to reach a maximum of 39% of the national audience (for this purpose, FCC regulations attribute to UHF television stations only 50% of the television households in their market). For purposes of the FCC’s rules, our eight stations reach approximately 21% of the national audience.

 

   

FCC regulations in some cases impose restrictions on our ability to acquire additional radio or television stations in the markets in which we own radio stations, but we do not believe any such limitations are material to our current operating plans.

 

   

Dual networks. FCC rules currently prohibit any of the four major television networks — ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — from being under common ownership or control.

 

   

Regulation of programming. The FCC regulates broadcast programming by, among other things, banning “indecent” programming, regulating political advertising and imposing commercial time limits during children’s programming. Broadcasters face a heightened risk of being found in violation of the indecency prohibition by the FCC because of recent FCC decisions, coupled with the spontaneity of live programming. In the past several years, the FCC increased enforcement activities with respect to indecency. Penalties for broadcasting indecent programming are a maximum of $325,000 per violation.

Federal legislation and FCC rules also limit the amount of commercial matter that may be shown on broadcast or cable channels during programming designed for children 12 years of age and younger. In addition, broadcast channels are generally required to provide a minimum of three hours per week of programming that has as a “significant purpose” meeting the educational and informational needs of children 16 years of age and younger. FCC rules also give television station owners the right to reject or refuse network programming in certain circumstances or to substitute programming that the licensee reasonably believes to be of greater local or national importance.

 

   

Cable and satellite carriage of broadcast television stations. With respect to cable systems operating within a television station’s Designated Market Area, FCC rules require that every three years each television station elect either “must carry” status, pursuant to which cable operators generally must carry a local television station in the station’s market, or “retransmission consent” status, pursuant to which the cable operator must negotiate with the television station to obtain the consent of the television station prior to carrying its signal. Under the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act and its successors, including most recently the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), which also requires the “must carry” or “retransmission consent” election, satellite carriers are permitted to retransmit a local television station’s signal into its local market with the consent of the local television station. Under “must carry,” if a satellite carrier elects to carry one local station in a market, the satellite carrier must carry the signals of all local television stations that also request carriage.

 

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Cable and satellite carriage of programming. The Communications Act and FCC rules regulate some aspects of negotiations regarding cable and satellite retransmission consent, and some cable and satellite companies have sought regulation of additional aspects of the carriage of programming on cable and satellite systems. New legislation, court action or regulation in this area could, depending on its specific nature, have an impact on the Company’s operations.

The foregoing is a brief summary of certain provisions of the Communications Act and other legislation and of specific FCC rules and policies. Reference should be made to the Communications Act, other legislation, FCC rules and public notices and rulings of the FCC for further information concerning the nature and extent of the FCC’s regulatory authority.

FCC laws and regulations are subject to change, and the Company generally cannot predict whether new legislation, court action or regulations, or a change in the extent of application or enforcement of current laws and regulations, would have an adverse impact on our operations.

PARKS AND RESORTS

The Company owns and operates the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the Disneyland Resort in California, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii, the Disney Vacation Club, the Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney. The Company manages and has effective ownership interests of 51% in Disneyland Paris, 48% in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and 43% in Shanghai Disney Resort, each of which is consolidated in our financial statements. The Company also licenses the operations of the Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. The Company’s Walt Disney Imagineering unit designs and develops new theme park concepts and attractions as well as resort properties.

The businesses in the Parks and Resorts segment generate revenues predominately from the sale of admissions to theme parks; sales of merchandise, food and beverages; charges for room nights at hotels; sales of cruise vacations; and sales and rentals of vacation club properties. Costs consist principally of labor; depreciation; costs of merchandise, food and beverage sold; marketing and sales expense; repairs and maintenance; cost of vacation club units; entertainment; and cruise ship fuel expense.

Walt Disney World Resort

The Walt Disney World Resort is located 22 miles southwest of Orlando, Florida, on approximately 25,000 acres of owned land. The resort includes theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); hotels; vacation club properties; a retail, dining and entertainment complex; a sports complex; conference centers; campgrounds; golf courses; water parks; and other recreational facilities designed to attract visitors for an extended stay.

The Walt Disney World Resort is marketed through a variety of international, national and local advertising and promotional activities. A number of attractions in each of the theme parks are sponsored by other corporations through long-term agreements.

Magic Kingdom — The Magic Kingdom, which opened in 1971, consists of six themed lands: Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Main Street USA and Tomorrowland. Each land provides a unique guest experience featuring themed rides and attractions, live Disney character interaction, restaurants, refreshment areas and merchandise shops. Additionally, there are daily parades and a nighttime fireworks extravaganza, Wishes. Fantasyland is undergoing an expansion that will nearly double its size and add new attractions and other guest offerings. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in phases through 2014.

Epcot — Epcot, which opened in 1982, consists of two major themed areas: Future World and World Showcase. Future World dramatizes certain historical developments and addresses the challenges facing the world today through pavilions devoted to showcasing science and technology improvements, communication, energy, transportation, use of imagination, nature and food production, the ocean environment and space. World Showcase presents a community of nations focusing on the culture, traditions and accomplishments of people around the world. Countries represented with pavilions include Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States. Both areas feature themed rides and attractions, restaurants and merchandise shops. Epcot also features Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, a nighttime entertainment spectacular.

 

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios — Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which opened in 1989, consists of four themed areas: Animation Courtyard, Backlot, Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. The four areas provide behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood-style action through various shows and attractions. The park also offers themed food service and merchandise facilities and features Fantasmic!, a nighttime entertainment spectacular.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom — Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which opened in 1998, consists of a 145-foot Tree of Life centerpiece surrounded by six themed areas: Africa, Asia, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Dinoland U.S.A., Discovery Island and Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Each themed area contains adventure attractions, entertainment shows, restaurants and merchandise shops. The park features more than 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and 3,000 varieties of trees and plants. In September 2011, the Company announced an agreement with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and Fox Filmed Entertainment for the exclusive global theme park rights to create themed lands based on the AVATAR franchise with the first land planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Hotels and Other Resort Facilities — As of September 29, 2012, the Company owned and operated 18 resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort, with a total of approximately 24,000 rooms, including the addition of 2,000 rooms in 2012 that opened as part of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and 3,010 vacation club units. Resort facilities include 468,000 square feet of conference meeting space and Disney’s Fort Wilderness camping and recreational area which offers approximately 800 campsites.

The Walt Disney World Resort also hosts a 120-acre retail, dining and entertainment complex known as Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney is home to Cirque du Soleil, DisneyQuest, the House of Blues and the 51,000-square-foot World of Disney retail store featuring Disney-branded merchandise. A number of the Downtown Disney facilities are operated by third parties that pay rent to the Company.

ESPN Wide World of Sports, which opened in 1997, is a 230-acre sports complex providing professional caliber training and competition, festival and tournament events and interactive sports activities. The complex, which hosts over 200 amateur and professional events each year, accommodates multiple sporting events, including baseball, tennis, basketball, softball, track and field, football and soccer. Its stadium, which has a seating capacity of approximately 9,500, is the spring training site for MLB’s Atlanta Braves.

In the Downtown Disney Resort area, seven independently-operated hotels are situated on property leased from the Company. These hotels include approximately 3,700 rooms. Additionally, the Walt Disney World Swan and the Walt Disney World Dolphin hotels, which have approximately 2,300 total rooms, are independently operated on property leased from the Company near Epcot.

Other recreational amenities and activities available at the Walt Disney World Resort include four championship golf courses, miniature golf courses, full-service spas, tennis, sailing, water skiing, swimming, horseback riding and a number of other noncompetitive sports and leisure time activities. The resort also includes two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

Disneyland Resort

The Company owns 461 acres and has the rights under long-term lease for use of an additional 49 acres of land in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Resort includes two theme parks (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), three hotels and Downtown Disney, a retail, dining and entertainment complex designed to attract visitors for an extended stay.

The Disneyland Resort is marketed as a destination through international, national and local advertising and promotional activities. A number of the attractions and restaurants at the theme parks are sponsored by other corporations through long-term agreements.

Disneyland — Disneyland, which opened in 1955, consists of eight principal areas: Adventureland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street USA, Mickey’s Toontown, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland. These areas feature themed rides and attractions, shows, restaurants, merchandise shops and refreshment stands. Additionally, Disneyland offers daily parades and a nighttime entertainment spectacular, Fantasmic!.

Disney California Adventure — Disney California Adventure, which opened in 2001, is adjacent to Disneyland and includes eight principal areas: Buena Vista Street and Cars Land, which opened in 2012, as well as Condor Flats, Grizzly Peak, Hollywood Land, Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier and “a bug’s land”. These areas include rides, attractions, shows, restaurants, merchandise shops and refreshment stands. Additionally, Disney California Adventure offers a nighttime water spectacular, World of Color.

 

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Hotels and Other Resort Facilities — Disneyland Resort includes three Company-owned and operated hotels with a total of approximately 2,400 rooms, 50 vacation club units, and 180,000 square feet of conference meeting space.

Disneyland Resort also includes Downtown Disney, a themed 15-acre outdoor complex of entertainment, dining and shopping venues, located adjacent to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. A number of the Downtown Disney facilities are operated by third parties that pay rent to the Company.

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

In August 2011 the Company opened its first mixed-use family resort outside of its theme park developments on a 21-acre oceanfront property on Oahu, Hawaii. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa features 359 hotel rooms, an 18,000 square foot spa and 12,000 square feet of conference meeting space. The resort is also home to a 481 unit Disney Vacation Club facility that is being constructed in phases. As of September 29, 2012, 207 vacation club units have been completed.

Disneyland Paris

The Company has a 51% effective ownership interest in Disneyland Paris, a 5,510-acre development located in Marne-la-Vallée, approximately 20 miles east of Paris, France, which has been developed pursuant to a master agreement with French governmental authorities. The Company manages and has a 40% equity interest in Euro Disney S.C.A., a publicly-traded French entity that is the holding company for Euro Disney Associés S.C.A., the primary operating company of Disneyland Paris. Euro Disney S.C.A. and its subsidiaries operate Disneyland Paris, which includes two theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park); seven themed hotels; convention centers; a shopping, dining and entertainment complex; and a 27-hole golf facility. Of the 5,510 acres comprising the site, approximately half have been developed to date, including the Val d’Europe development discussed below. An indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company is responsible for managing Disneyland Paris. Euro Disney S.C.A. is required to pay royalties and management fees to the Company based on the operating performance of the resort.

Disneyland Park — Disneyland Park, which opened in 1992, consists of five principal themed areas: Adventureland, Discoveryland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Main Street. These areas include themed rides, attractions, shows, restaurants, merchandise shops and refreshment stands. Disneyland Park also features a daily parade and a nighttime entertainment spectacular, Disney Dreams!.

Walt Disney Studios Park — Walt Disney Studios Park opened in March 2002 adjacent to Disneyland Park. The park takes guests into the worlds of cinema, animation and television and includes four principal themed areas: Backlot, Front Lot, Production Courtyard and Toon Studios. These areas each include themed rides, attractions, shows, restaurants, merchandise shops and refreshment stands. In 2012, Euro Disney S.C.A announced a multi-year expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park.

Hotels and Other Facilities — Disneyland Paris operates seven resort hotels, with a total of approximately 5,800 rooms and 250,000 square feet of conference meeting space. In addition, several on-site hotels that are owned and operated by third parties provide approximately 2,400 rooms.

Disneyland Paris also includes Disney Village, a retail, dining and entertainment complex of approximately 500,000 square feet, located between the theme parks and the hotels. A number of the Disney Village facilities are operated by third parties that pay rent to a subsidiary of Euro Disney S.C.A.

Val d’Europe is a planned community that is being developed near Disneyland Paris. The completed phases of the development include: a town center, which consists of a shopping center; a 150-room hotel; office, commercial, and residential space; and a regional train station. Third parties operate these developments on land leased or purchased from Euro Disney S.C.A. and its subsidiaries.

In September 2012, the Company provided €1.3 billion of financing to Euro Disney S.C.A (ED) which ED used to repay its outstanding third-party bank debt (DLP refinancing). The repayment eliminated certain financial and operating covenants, notably those related to capital expenditure limitations and the payment of royalties and management fees due to the Company. (See Note 8 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.)

 

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Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

The Company owns a 48% interest in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort through Hongkong International Theme Parks Limited, an entity in which the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) owns a 52% majority interest. A separate Hong Kong subsidiary of the Company is responsible for managing Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The Company is entitled to receive royalties and management fees based on the operating performance of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Located on 311 acres on Lantau Island, the resort is in close proximity to the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort includes one theme park and two themed hotels.

Hong Kong Disneyland – Hong Kong Disneyland opened in 2005 and consists of the following themed lands and areas: Adventureland, Fantasyland, Grizzly Gulch, Main Street USA, Tomorrowland and Toy Story Land. These areas feature themed rides and attractions, shows, restaurants, merchandise shops and refreshment stands. Additionally, there are daily parades and a nighttime fireworks extravaganza.

Hotels – Hong Kong Disneyland Resort includes two themed hotels with a total of 1,000 rooms.

In July 2009, the Company and the HKSAR agreed to a capital realignment and expansion plan for Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The expansion brings three new themed areas to Hong Kong Disneyland: Toy Story Land, which opened in November 2011; Grizzly Gulch, which opened in July 2012; and Mystic Point, which is currently scheduled to open in 2013. Pursuant to the plan, the Company converted a loan to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort into equity and made additional capital contributions of $332 million, and the HKSAR contributed like amounts of capital by converting a portion of its loan to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort into equity. This increased the Company’s effective ownership interest from 43% to 48%. (See Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.)

Shanghai Disney Resort

On April 8, 2011, the Company and Shanghai Shendi (Group) Co., Ltd (Shendi) announced that the Chinese central government in Beijing had approved an agreement to build and operate a Disney resort (Shanghai Disney Resort) in the Pudong district of Shanghai. On opening day, the Shanghai Disney Resort will be located on roughly 1,000 acres, with additional room to expand in the future, and will include the Shanghai Disneyland theme park; two themed hotels with a total of 1,220 rooms; a retail, dining and entertainment complex; and an outdoor recreational area. Shanghai Disney Resort is currently targeted to open by the end of calendar 2015.

Construction and operation of the project will be the responsibility of a joint venture in which Shendi owns a 57% interest and the Company owns 43%. Construction has commenced and we expect the total investment to be approximately 24.5 billion yuan to build the theme park and an additional 4.5 billion yuan to build other aspects of the resort, including the hotels and the retail, dining and entertainment area. The investment amounts will be funded in accordance with each partner’s equity ownership percentage. In addition, a joint venture management company, in which Disney has a 70% interest and Shendi a 30% interest, is responsible for creating, developing and operating the resort. The management company will be entitled to receive management fees based on operating performance of the resort. Shanghai Disney Resort will also pay the Company royalties based on resort revenues.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo Disney Resort is located on approximately 494 acres of land, six miles east of downtown Tokyo, Japan. The resort includes two theme parks (Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea); three Disney-branded hotels; six independently operated hotels; and a retail, dining and entertainment complex.

Tokyo Disneyland — Tokyo Disneyland, which opened in 1983, was the first Disney theme park to open outside the U.S. Tokyo Disneyland consists of seven principal themed areas: Adventureland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Toontown, Westernland and World Bazaar.

Tokyo DisneySea — Tokyo DisneySea, adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland, opened in 2001. The park is divided into seven “ports of call,” including American Waterfront, Arabian Coast, Lost River Delta, Mediterranean Harbor, Mermaid Lagoon, Mysterious Island and Port Discovery.

 

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Hotels and Other Resort Facilities - The resort includes three Disney-branded hotels with a total of more than 1,700 rooms. The resort also includes the Disney Resort Line monorail, which links theme parks and resort hotels with Ikspiari, a retail, dining and entertainment complex, and Bon Voyage, a Disney-themed merchandise location.

The Company earns royalties on revenues generated by the Tokyo Disney Resort, which is owned and operated by Oriental Land Co., Ltd. (OLC), a Japanese corporation in which the Company has no equity interest. OLC markets the Tokyo Disney Resort through a variety of local, domestic and international advertising and promotional activities.

Disney Vacation Club

The Disney Vacation Club offers ownership interests in 11 resort facilities located at the Walt Disney World Resort; Disneyland Resort; Vero Beach, Florida; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; and Oahu, Hawaii. Available units at each facility are offered for sale under a vacation ownership plan and are operated as hotel rooms when not occupied by vacation club members. The Company’s vacation club units consist of a mix of units ranging from one bedroom studios to three bedroom villas. Unit counts in this document are presented in terms of two bedroom equivalents. Disney Vacation Club has 3,267 vacation club units as of September 29, 2012 and is scheduled to open an additional 274 units at Aulani, a 21-acre oceanfront resort on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The Company expects to open a twelfth vacation club property, located at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World Resort, in late 2013.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line, which operates out of ports in North America and Europe, is a vacation cruise line that includes four ships: the Disney Magic, the Disney Wonder, the Disney Dream, the last of which launched in January 2011, and the Disney Fantasy, which launched in March 2012. The ships cater to children, families and adults, with distinctly-themed areas and activities for each group. The Disney Magic and the Disney Wonder are 85,000-ton ships with 877 staterooms, while the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy are 130,000 ton ships with 1,250 staterooms. Many cruise vacations include a visit to Disney’s Castaway Cay, a 1,000-acre private Bahamian island.

Adventures by Disney

Adventures by Disney offers all-inclusive guided vacation tour packages predominantly at non-Disney sites around the world. The Company offered 24 different excursion packages during 2012.

Walt Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering provides master planning, real estate development, attraction, entertainment and show design, engineering support, production support, project management and other development services, including research and development for the Company’s operations.

Competition and Seasonality

The Company’s theme parks and resorts as well as Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club compete with other forms of entertainment, lodging, tourism and recreational activities. The profitability of the leisure-time industry may be influenced by various factors that are not directly controllable, such as economic conditions including business cycle and exchange rate fluctuations, travel industry trends, amount of available leisure time, oil and transportation prices, and weather patterns and natural disasters.

All of the theme parks and the associated resort facilities are operated on a year-round basis. Typically, the theme parks and resorts business experiences fluctuations in theme park attendance and resort occupancy resulting from the seasonal nature of vacation travel and local entertainment excursions. Peak attendance and resort occupancy generally occur during the summer months when school vacations occur and during early-winter and spring-holiday periods.

 

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STUDIO ENTERTAINMENT

The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays.

The Company distributes produced and acquired films (including its film and television library) in the theatrical, home entertainment and television markets primarily under the Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar and Marvel banners. The Company produces and distributes Indian movies worldwide through its UTV banner.

In August 2009, the Company entered into an agreement with DreamWorks Studios (DreamWorks) to distribute live-action motion pictures produced by DreamWorks for seven years under the Touchstone Pictures banner for which the Company receives a distribution fee. Under the agreement, the Company has distributed six films to date. As part of the agreement, the Company provided financing to DreamWorks, which as of September 29, 2012, totaled $154 million. There is an additional $90 million available to DreamWorks.

Prior to the Company’s acquisition of Marvel in 2010, Marvel had agreements in place for third-party studios to distribute its films including Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America and The Incredible Hulk, which have all been released. Under these arrangements, Marvel incurred the cost to produce the films and pays the third-party studio a distribution fee. In fiscal 2011, the Company purchased the distribution rights for Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3 from a third-party studio and starting in fiscal 2012 we paid certain fees to that studio associated with the performance of those films, subject to a minimum guarantee. Beginning with Marvel’s The Avengers, which was released in May 2012, the Company distributes all Marvel produced films.

Also prior to the Company’s acquisition of Marvel in 2010, Marvel had licensed the rights to produce and distribute feature films for certain other Marvel properties including Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and X-Men to third-party studios. Under these licensing arrangements, the third-party studio incurs the cost to produce and distribute the films and pays the Company a licensing fee. Generally under these arrangements, Marvel retains the merchandise licensing rights and pays the third-party studio a royalty. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, the Company completed a two-way transaction to simplify the Spider-Man arrangement with Sony Pictures. In this transaction, the Company purchased Sony Pictures’ participation in Spider-Man merchandising, while at the same time, Sony Pictures purchased from the Company our participation in Spider-Man films. This transaction will allow the Company to control and fully benefit from all Spider-Man merchandising activity, while Sony Pictures will continue to produce and distribute Spider-Man films.

The Company holds a 99% interest in UTV, one of the leading film production studios and film distributors in India, which produces and co-produces live-action and animated content. In fiscal 2012, notable UTV releases included Rowdy Rathore and Barfi.

On December 3, 2010, the Company sold Miramax Film NY, LLC (Miramax) for $663 million. Net proceeds, which reflected closing adjustments, the settlement of related claims and obligations and Miramax’s cash balances at closing totaled $532 million. The sale included both Miramax and Dimension film assets.

Theatrical Market

We produce and distribute both live-action films and full-length animated films. During fiscal 2013, we expect to distribute domestically eight of our own produced feature films and one DreamWorks film. As of September 29, 2012, the Company had released domestically approximately 980 full-length live-action features and 90 full-length animated features.

We distribute and market our filmed products principally through our own distribution and marketing companies in the U.S. theatrical market. In international theatrical markets, we distribute our filmed products both directly and through independent distribution companies or joint ventures. Films released theatrically in the U.S. may be released simultaneously in international territories or generally up to four months later.

The Company incurs significant marketing and advertising costs before and throughout the theatrical release of a film in an effort to generate public awareness of the film, to increase the public’s intent to view the film and to help generate consumer interest in the subsequent home entertainment and other ancillary markets. These costs are expensed as incurred; therefore, we typically incur losses on a film in the theatrical markets, including in periods prior to the theatrical release of the film.

 

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Home Entertainment Market

In the domestic market, we distribute home entertainment releases directly under each of our motion picture banners. In the international market, we distribute home entertainment releases under each of our motion picture banners both directly and through independent distribution companies. In addition, we acquire and produce original content for direct-to-video release.

Domestic and international home entertainment distribution typically starts three to six months after the theatrical release in each market. Home entertainment releases may be distributed in both physical (DVD and Blu-ray) and electronic formats. Titles are generally sold to retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Best Buy and physical rental channels, such as Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster, however, the rental channels may be delayed up to 28 days after the start of home entertainment distribution.

As of September 29, 2012, we had approximately 1,400 active produced and acquired titles, including 1,000 live-action titles and 400 animated titles, in the domestic home entertainment marketplace and approximately 2,700 active produced and acquired titles, including 2,200 live-action titles and 500 animated titles, in the international marketplace.

Television Market

Pay-Per-View (PPV)/Video-on-Demand (VOD): Concurrently with, or up to one month after, the home entertainment distribution begins, we license titles for use on a PPV/VOD basis to MVPDs, internet, gaming consoles, and mobile platforms. PPV/VOD services deliver titles electronically to consumers for a specified rental period (e.g. 24 hours) at a price comparable to that of physical media rentals.

Pay Television (Pay 1): There are generally two pay television windows. The first window is generally sixteen months in duration and follows the PPV/VOD window. The Company has licensed exclusive domestic pay television rights to substantially all films released under the Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, and Touchstone Pictures banners to the Starz pay television service through calendar year 2015. DreamWorks titles distributed by the Company are licensed to Showtime under a separate agreement.

Free Television (Free 1): The Pay 1 window is followed by a television window that may last up to 84 months. Motion pictures are usually sold in the Free 1 window on an ad-hoc basis to major networks, including ABC, and basic cable services.

Pay Television 2 (Pay 2) and Free Television 2 (Free 2): In the U.S., Free 1 is generally followed by a fourteen-month Pay 2 window under our license arrangements with Starz and Showtime, and finally by a Free 2 window. Major packages of the Company’s feature films have been licensed for broadcast under multi-year agreements within the Free 2 window. The Free 2 window is a syndication window where films are licensed both to basic cable networks and to third-party television station groups.

International Television: The Company also licenses its theatrical properties outside of the U.S. The typical windowing sequence is consistent with the domestic cycle such that titles premiere on television in PPV/VOD then air in pay TV before airing in free TV. Windowing strategies are developed in response to local market practices and conditions, and the exact sequence and length of each window can vary country by country.

Disney Music Group

The Disney Music Group includes Walt Disney Records, Hollywood Records (including the Mammoth Records and Buena Vista Records labels), Lyric Street Records, Buena Vista Concerts and Disney Music Publishing.

Walt Disney Records produces and distributes compact discs and music DVDs in the U.S. and licenses our music properties throughout the rest of the world. Music categories include infant, children’s read-along, teens, all-family and soundtracks from film and television series distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and Disney Channel. Hollywood Records develops, produces and markets recordings from talent across a spectrum of popular music.

The Disney Music Group commissions new music for the Company’s motion picture and television programs, records the songs and licenses the song copyrights to others for printed music, records, audio-visual devices, public performances and digital distribution. Buena Vista Concerts produces live-entertainment events with artists signed to the Disney Music Group record labels.

 

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Disney Music Publishing controls the copyrights of thousands of musical compositions derived from the Company’s motion picture, television, record and theme park properties, as well as musical compositions written by songwriters under exclusive contract. It is responsible for the management, protection, and licensing of the Disney song catalog on a worldwide basis.

Disney Theatrical Productions

Disney Theatrical Productions develops, produces and licenses live entertainment events. The Company has produced and licensed Broadway musicals around the world, including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida, Mary Poppins (a co-production with Cameron Mackintosh Ltd), Little Mermaid, Newsies, and TARZAN®. Other stage musical ventures have included an off-Broadway production of Peter and the Starcatcher and, most recently, stage adaptations of the film Aladdin. In addition, the Company licenses musicals for local, school and community theatre productions globally through Music Theatre International.

Disney Theatrical Productions also delivers live shows globally through its license to Feld Entertainment, producer of Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. Disney On Ice features several titles the newest of which, Rockin’ Ever After, launched in August 2012 for North America tours.

Competition and Seasonality

The Studio Entertainment businesses compete with all forms of entertainment. A significant number of companies produce and/or distribute theatrical and television films, exploit products in the home entertainment market, provide pay television programming services and sponsor live theater. We also compete to obtain creative and performing talents, story properties, advertiser support and broadcast rights that are essential to the success of our Studio Entertainment businesses.

The success of Studio Entertainment operations is heavily dependent upon public taste and preferences. In addition, Studio Entertainment operating results fluctuate due to the timing and performance of releases in the theatrical, home entertainment and television markets. Release dates are determined by several factors, including competition and the timing of vacation and holiday periods.

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

The Consumer Products segment engages with among others licensees, publishers and retailers throughout the world who design, develop, publish, promote and sell a wide variety of products based on existing and new characters and other Company intellectual property through its Merchandise Licensing, Publishing and Retail businesses. In addition to leveraging the Company’s film and television properties, Consumer Products also develops new intellectual property with the potential of also being used in the Company’s other businesses.

Merchandise Licensing

The Company’s merchandise licensing operations cover a diverse range of product categories, the most significant of which are: toys, apparel, home décor and furnishings, stationery, health and beauty, accessories, food, footwear, and consumer electronics. The Company licenses characters from its film, television and other properties for use on third-party products in these categories and earns royalties, which are usually based on a fixed percentage of the wholesale or retail selling price of the products. Some of the major properties licensed by the Company include Mickey Mouse, Cars, Disney Princess, Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story, Disney Fairies, and the Marvel properties including Spider-Man and Avengers. The Company also participates in the design of individual products and creates exclusive themed and seasonal promotional campaigns for retailers based on characters, movies and TV shows.

Publishing

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) creates, distributes, licenses and publishes children’s books, magazines and digital products in multiple countries and languages based on the Company’s Disney-, Pixar- and Marvel-branded franchises. Digital products include content for mobile devices such as e-books and apps, including Disney Princess Dress-Up: My Sticker Book, Minnie Bow Maker, Brave: Story Book Deluxe and Cars 2: World Grand Prix Read and Race. DPW also operates Disney English, which develops curriculum that helps Chinese children learn English through Disney stories in 43 centers across 10 cities in China.

 

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Marvel Publishing creates and publishes comic books, and graphic novel collections of comic books, principally in North America in print and digital formats. Marvel Publishing also licenses the right to publish translated versions of our comic books, principally in Europe and Latin America. Titles include X-Men, The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and The Incredible Hulk.

Retail

The Company markets Disney- and Marvel-themed products through retail stores operated under the Disney Store name and through internet sites in North America (DisneyStore.com and Marvelstore.com), Western Europe, and Japan. The stores, which are generally located in leading shopping malls and other retail complexes, carry a wide variety of Disney merchandise and promote other businesses of the Company. The Company currently owns and operates 216 stores in North America, 106 stores in Europe, and 47 stores in Japan.

Competition and Seasonality

The Company’s merchandise licensing, publishing and retail businesses compete with other licensors, publishers and retailers of character, brand and celebrity names. Based on independent surveys, we believe the Company is the largest worldwide licensor of character-based merchandise based on retail sales. Operating results for the licensing and retail businesses are influenced by seasonal consumer purchasing behavior and by the timing and performance of theatrical releases and cable programming broadcasts.

INTERACTIVE

The Interactive segment creates and delivers branded entertainment and lifestyle content across interactive media platforms. The primary operating businesses of Interactive are Interactive Games which produces multi-platform games for global distribution, and Interactive Media, which develops branded online services. Interactive derives revenues from a combination of wholesale sales, licensing, advertising, sponsorships, subscription services and in-game accessories (micro transactions). Interactive also manages the Company’s Disney-branded mobile phone business in Japan which provides mobile phone service and content to consumers.

Interactive Games

The Interactive Games business creates, develops, markets and distributes console and handheld, games worldwide, including 2012 titles such as Disney Universe and Brave. The Interactive Games business also produces online games, such as Disney’s Club Penguin and Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow, interactive games for social networking websites such as Gardens of Time and Marvel Avengers Alliance, and games for smartphone platforms such as Where’s My Water and Where’s My Perry. Certain properties are also licensed to third-party video game publishers.

On August 27, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of Playdom, Inc., a company that develops and publishes online games for social networking websites.

Interactive Media

Interactive Media develops, publishes and distributes content for branded online services intended for kids and family entertainment through a portfolio of websites including Disney.com and the Disney Family Network. Interactive Media also provides website maintenance and design for other Company businesses. Disney.com integrates many of the Company’s Disney-branded internet sites including sites for the Disney Channel and Walt Disney Pictures.

Competition and Seasonality

The Company’s online sites and products compete with a wide variety of other online sites and products. The Company’s video game business competes primarily with other publishers of video game software and other types of home entertainment. Operating results for the video game business fluctuate due to the timing and performance of video game releases, which are determined by several factors including theatrical releases and cable programming broadcasts, competition and the timing of holiday periods. Revenues from certain of the Company’s online and mobile operations are subject to similar seasonal trends.

 

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION

The Company’s businesses throughout the world are affected by its ability to exploit and protect against infringement of its intellectual property, including trademarks, trade names, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. Important intellectual property includes rights in the content of motion pictures, television programs, electronic games, sound recordings, character likenesses, theme park attractions, books and magazines. Risks related to the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights are set forth in Item 1A – Risk Factors.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

Our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports are available without charge on our website, www.disney.com/investors, as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed electronically with the SEC. We are providing the address to our internet site solely for the information of investors. We do not intend the address to be an active link or to otherwise incorporate the contents of the website into this report.

 

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

For an enterprise as large and complex as the Company, a wide range of factors could materially affect future developments and performance. In addition to the factors affecting specific business operations identified in connection with the description of these operations and the financial results of these operations elsewhere in this report, the most significant factors affecting our operations include the following:

Changes in U.S., global, or regional economic conditions could have an adverse effect on the profitability of some or all of our businesses.

A decline in economic activity in the U.S. and other regions of the world in which we do business can adversely affect demand for any of our businesses, thus reducing our revenue and earnings. The most recent decline in economic conditions reduced spending at our parks and resorts, purchase of and prices for advertising on our broadcast and cable networks and owned stations, performance of our home entertainment releases, and purchases of Company-branded consumer products, and similar impacts can be expected should such conditions recur. A decline in economic conditions could also reduce attendance at our parks and resorts or prices that MVPDs pay for our cable programming. Recent instability in European economies presents risks of similar impacts in our European operations. Economic conditions can also impair the ability of those with whom we do business to satisfy their obligations to us. In addition, an increase in price levels generally, or in price levels in a particular sector such as the energy sector, could result in a shift in consumer demand away from the entertainment and consumer products we offer, which could also adversely affect our revenues and, at the same time, increase our costs. Changes in exchange rates for foreign currencies may reduce international demand for our products, increase our labor or supply costs in non-U.S. markets, or reduce the U.S. dollar value of revenue we receive from other markets, and economic or political conditions in a country could reduce our ability to hedge exposure to currency fluctuations in the country or our ability to repatriate revenue from the country.

Changes in public and consumer tastes and preferences for entertainment and consumer products could reduce demand for our entertainment offerings and products and adversely affect the profitability of any of our businesses.

Our businesses create entertainment, travel or consumer products whose success depends substantially on consumer tastes and preferences that change in often unpredictable ways. The success of our businesses depends on our ability to consistently create and distribute filmed entertainment, broadcast and cable programming, online material, electronic games, theme park attractions, hotels and other resort facilities and travel experiences and consumer products that meet the changing preferences of the broad consumer market. Many of our businesses increasingly depend on acceptance of our offerings and products by consumers outside the U.S., and their success therefore depends on our ability to successfully predict and adapt to changing consumer tastes and preferences outside as well as inside the U.S. Moreover, we must often invest substantial amounts in film production, broadcast and cable programming, electronic games, theme park attractions, cruise ships or hotels and other resort facilities before we learn the extent to which these products will earn consumer acceptance. If our entertainment offerings and products do not achieve sufficient consumer acceptance, our revenue from advertising sales (which are based in part on ratings for the programs in which advertisements air) or subscription fees for broadcast and cable programming and online services, from theatrical film receipts or home video or electronic game sales, from theme park admissions, hotel room charges and merchandise, food and beverage sales, from sales of licensed consumer products or from sales of our other consumer products and services may decline or fail to grow to the extent we anticipate when making investment decisions and thereby adversely affect the profitability of one or more of our businesses.

 

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Changes in technology and in consumer consumption patterns may affect demand for our entertainment products or the cost of producing or distributing products.

The media entertainment and internet businesses in which we participate depend significantly on our ability to acquire, develop, adopt and exploit new technologies to distinguish our products and services from those of our competitors. In addition, new technologies affect the demand for our products, the manner and markets in which our products are distributed to consumers, the time and manner in which consumers acquire and view some of our entertainment products and the options available to advertisers for reaching their desired markets. For example, the success of our offerings in the home entertainment market depends in part on consumer preferences with respect to home entertainment formats, including DVD players and digital video recorders, as well as the availability of alternative home entertainment offerings and technologies, including web-based delivery of entertainment offerings. In addition, technological developments offer consumers an expanding array of entertainment options and delivery vehicles which may include options we have not yet fully developed, or options we have developed but which entail a smaller return than we realize on traditional options. As a result, the income from our entertainment offerings may decline or increase at slower rates than our historical experience or our expectations when we make investments in products.

The success of our businesses is highly dependent on the existence and maintenance of intellectual property rights in the entertainment products and services we create.

The value to us of our intellectual property rights is dependent on the scope and duration of our rights as defined by applicable laws in the U.S. and abroad and the manner in which those laws are construed. If those laws are drafted or interpreted in ways that limit the extent or duration of our rights, or if existing laws are changed, our ability to generate revenue from our intellectual property may decrease, or the cost of obtaining and maintaining rights may increase.

The unauthorized use of our intellectual property rights may increase the cost of protecting these rights or reduce our revenues. New technologies such as the convergence of computing, communication, and entertainment devices, the falling prices of devices incorporating such technologies, and increased broadband internet speed and penetration have made the unauthorized digital copying and distribution of our films, television productions and other creative works easier and faster and enforcement of intellectual property rights more challenging. The unauthorized use of intellectual property in the entertainment industry generally continues to be a significant challenge for intellectual property rights holders. Inadequate laws or weak enforcement mechanisms to protect intellectual property in one country can adversely affect the results of the Company’s operations worldwide, despite the Company’s efforts to protect its intellectual property rights. These developments require us to devote substantial resources to protecting our intellectual property against unlicensed use and present the risk of increased losses of revenue as a result of unlicensed digital distribution of our content and sales of unauthorized DVDs, Blu-ray discs and other products.

With respect to intellectual property developed by the Company and rights acquired by the Company from others, the Company is subject to the risk of challenges to our copyright, trademark and patent rights by third parties. Successful challenges to our rights in intellectual property may result in increased costs for obtaining rights or the loss of the opportunity to earn revenue from the intellectual property that is the subject of challenged rights. The Company is not aware of any challenges to its intellectual property rights that it currently foresees having a material effect on its operations.

Protection of electronically stored data is costly and if our data is compromised in spite of this protection, we may incur additional costs, lost opportunities and damage to our reputation.

We maintain information necessary to conduct our business, including confidential and proprietary information as well as personal information regarding our customers and employees, in digital form. Data maintained in digital form is subject to the risk of intrusion, tampering and theft. We develop and maintain systems to prevent this from occurring, but the development and maintenance of these systems is costly and requires ongoing monitoring and updating as technologies change and efforts to overcome security measures become more sophisticated. Moreover, despite our efforts, the possibility of intrusion, tampering and theft cannot be eliminated entirely, and risks associated with each of these remain. In addition, we provide confidential, proprietary and personal information to third parties when it is necessary to pursue business objectives. While we obtain assurances that these third parties will protect this information and, where appropriate, monitor the protections employed by these third parties, there is a risk the confidentiality of data held by third parties may be compromised. If our data systems are compromised, our ability to conduct our business may be impaired, we may lose profitable opportunities or the value of those opportunities may be diminished and, as described above, we may lose revenue as a result of unlicensed use of our intellectual property. If personal information of our customers or employees is

 

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misappropriated, our reputation with our customers and employees may be injured resulting in loss of business or morale, and we may incur costs to remediate possible injury to our customers and employees or to pay fines or take other action with respect to judicial or regulatory actions arising out of the incident.

A variety of uncontrollable events may reduce demand for our products and services, impair our ability to provide our products and services or increase the cost of providing our products and services.

Demand for our products and services, particularly our theme parks and resorts, is highly dependent on the general environment for travel and tourism. The environment for travel and tourism, as well as demand for other entertainment products, can be significantly adversely affected in the U.S., globally or in specific regions as a result of a variety of factors beyond our control, including: adverse weather conditions arising from short-term weather patterns or long-term change, catastrophic events or natural disasters (such as excessive heat or rain, hurricanes, typhoons, floods, tsunamis and earthquakes); health concerns; international, political or military developments; and terrorist attacks. For example, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011 resulted in a period of suspension of our operations and those of certain of our licensees in Japan, including Tokyo Disney Resort and resulted in a loss of revenue from those operations. These events and others, such as fluctuations in travel and energy costs and computer virus attacks, intrusions or other widespread computing or telecommunications failures, may also damage our ability to provide our products and services or to obtain insurance coverage with respect to these events. In addition, we derive royalties from the sales of our licensed goods and services by third parties and the management of businesses operated under brands licensed from the Company, and we are therefore dependent on the successes of those third parties for that portion of our revenue. A wide variety of factors could influence the success of those third parties and if negative factors significantly impacted a sufficient number of our licensees, that could adversely affect the profitability of one or more of our businesses. We obtain insurance against the risk of losses relating to some of these events, generally including physical damage to our property and resulting business interruption, certain injuries occurring on our property and liability for alleged breach of legal responsibilities. When insurance is obtained it is subject to deductibles, exclusions, terms, conditions and limits of liability. The types and levels of coverage we obtain vary from time to time depending on our view of the likelihood of specific types and levels of loss in relation to the cost of obtaining coverage for such types and levels of loss.

Changes in our business strategy or restructuring of our businesses may increase our costs or otherwise affect the profitability of our businesses.

As changes in our business environment occur we may need to adjust our business strategies to meet these changes or we may otherwise find it necessary to restructure our operations or particular businesses or assets. In addition, external events including acceptance of our theatrical offerings and changes in macro-economic conditions may impair the value of our assets. When these changes or events occur, we may incur costs to change our business strategy and may need to write down the value of assets. We also make investments in existing or new businesses, including investments in international expansion of our business and in new business lines. In recent years, such investments have included investments in new cruise ships, expansion and repurposing of certain of our theme park attractions, and development of a resort facility in Hawaii. In addition, a joint venture in which we participate recently began construction of a theme park in Shanghai, China. Some of these investments may have short-term returns that are negative or low and the ultimate business prospects of the businesses may be uncertain. In any of these events, our costs may increase, we may have significant charges associated with the write-down of assets or returns on new investments may be lower than prior to the change in strategy or restructuring.

Turmoil in the financial markets could increase our cost of borrowing and impede access to or increase the cost of financing our operations and investments.

Past disruptions in the U.S. and global credit and equity markets made it difficult for many businesses to obtain financing on acceptable terms. These conditions tended to increase the cost of borrowing and if they recur, our cost of borrowing could increase and it may be more difficult to obtain financing for our operations or investments. In addition, our borrowing costs can be affected by short and long-term debt ratings assigned by independent rating agencies that are based, in significant part, on the Company’s performance as measured by credit metrics such as interest coverage and leverage ratios. A decrease in these ratings would likely increase our cost of borrowing and/or make it more difficult for us to obtain financing. Past disruptions in the global financial markets also impacted some of the financial institutions with which we do business. A similar decline in the financial stability of financial institutions could affect our ability to secure credit-worthy counterparties for our interest rate and foreign currency hedging programs and could affect our ability to settle existing contracts.

 

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Increased competitive pressures may reduce our revenues or increase our costs.

We face substantial competition in each of our businesses from alternative providers of the products and services we offer and from other forms of entertainment, lodging, tourism and recreational activities. We also must compete to obtain human resources, programming and other resources we require in operating our business. For example:

 

   

Our broadcast and cable networks, stations and online offerings compete for viewers with other broadcast, cable and satellite services as well as with home video products and internet usage.

 

   

Our broadcast and cable networks and stations compete for the sale of advertising time with other broadcast, cable and satellite services, and the internet, as well as with newspapers, magazines and billboards.

 

   

Our cable networks compete for carriage of their programming with other programming providers.

 

   

Our broadcast and cable networks compete for the acquisition of creative talent and sports and other programming with other broadcast and cable networks.

 

   

Our theme parks and resorts compete for guests with all other forms of entertainment, lodging, tourism and recreation activities.

 

   

Our studio operations compete for customers with all other forms of entertainment.

 

   

Our studio operations, broadcast and cable networks and publishing businesses compete to obtain creative and performing talent, story properties, advertiser support, broadcast rights and market share.

 

   

Our consumer products segment competes in the character merchandising and other licensing, publishing, and retail activities with other licensors, publishers and retailers of character, brand and celebrity names.

 

   

Our interactive game operations compete with other publishers of console, online and mobile games and other types of home entertainment.

Competition in each of these areas may divert consumers from our creative or other products, or to other products or other forms of entertainment, which could reduce our revenue or increase our marketing costs. Such competition may also reduce, or limit growth in, prices for our products and services, including advertising rates and subscription fees at our media networks, parks and resorts admissions and room rates, and prices for consumer products from which we derive license revenues. Competition for the acquisition of resources can increase the cost of producing our products and services.

Sustained increases in costs of pension and postretirement medical and other employee health and welfare benefits may reduce our profitability.

With approximately 166,000 employees, our profitability is substantially affected by costs of pension benefits and current and postretirement medical benefits. We may experience significant increases in these costs as a result of macro-economic factors, which are beyond our control, including increases in the cost of health care. In addition, changes in investment returns and discount rates used to calculate pension expense and related assets and liabilities can be volatile and may have an unfavorable impact on our costs in some years. These macro-economic factors as well as a decline in the fair value of pension and postretirement medical plan assets may put upward pressure on the cost of providing pension and post retirement medical benefits and may increase future funding contributions. Although we have actively sought to control increases in these costs, there can be no assurance that we will succeed in limiting cost increases, and continued upward pressure could reduce the profitability of our businesses.

Our results may be adversely affected if long-term programming or carriage contracts are not renewed on sufficiently favorable terms.

We enter into long-term contracts for both the acquisition and the distribution of media programming and products, including contracts for the acquisition of programming rights for sporting events and other programs, and contracts for the distribution of our programming to MVPDs. As these contracts expire, we must renew or renegotiate the contracts, and if we are unable to renew them on acceptable terms, we may lose programming rights or distribution rights. Even if these contracts are renewed, the cost of obtaining programming rights may increase (or increase at faster rates than our historical experience) or the revenue from distribution of programs may be reduced (or increase at slower rates than our historical experience). With respect to the acquisition of programming rights, particularly sports programming rights, the impact of these long-term

 

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contracts on our results over the term of the contracts depends on a number of factors, including the strength of advertising markets, effectiveness of marketing efforts and the size of viewer audiences. There can be no assurance that revenues from programming based on these rights will exceed the cost of the rights plus the other costs of producing and distributing the programming.

Changes in regulations applicable to our businesses may impair the profitability of our businesses.

Our broadcast networks and television stations are highly regulated, and each of our other businesses is subject to a variety of U.S. and overseas regulations. These regulations include:

 

   

U.S. FCC regulation of our television and radio networks, our national programming networks, and our owned television stations. See Item 1 — Business — Media Networks, Federal Regulation.

 

   

Environmental protection regulations.

 

   

Federal, state and foreign privacy and data protection laws and regulations.

 

   

Regulation of the safety of consumer products and theme park operations.

 

   

Imposition by foreign countries of trade restrictions, ownership restrictions, currency exchange controls or motion picture or television content requirements or quotas.

 

   

Domestic and international tax laws or currency controls.

Changes in any of these regulations or regulatory activities in any of these areas may require us to spend additional amounts to comply with the regulations, or may restrict our ability to offer products and services that are profitable.

Our operations outside the United States may be adversely affected by the operation of laws in those jurisdictions.

Our operations in non-U.S. jurisdictions are in many cases subject to the laws of the jurisdictions in which they operate rather than U.S. law. Laws in some jurisdictions differ in significant respects from those in the U.S., and these differences can affect our ability to react to changes in our business and our rights or ability to enforce rights may be different than would be expected under U.S. law. Moreover, enforcement of laws in some overseas jurisdictions can be inconsistent and unpredictable, which can affect both our ability to enforce our rights and to undertake activities that we believe are beneficial to our business. As a result, our ability to generate revenue and our expenses in non-U.S. jurisdictions may differ from what would be expected if U.S. law governed these operations.

Labor disputes may disrupt our operations and adversely affect the profitability of any of our businesses.

A significant number of employees in various of our businesses are covered by collective bargaining agreements, including employees of our theme parks and resorts as well as writers, directors, actors, production personnel and others employed in our media networks and studio operations. In addition, the employees of licensees who manufacture and retailers who sell our consumer products, and employees of providers of programming content (such as sports leagues) may be covered by labor agreements with their employers. In general, a labor dispute involving our employees or the employees of our licensees or retailers who sell our consumer products or providers of programming content may disrupt our operations and reduce our revenues, and resolution of disputes may increase our costs.

Provisions in our corporate documents and Delaware state law could delay or prevent a change of control, even if that change would be beneficial to shareholders.

Our Restated Certificate of Incorporation contains a provision regulating the ability of shareholders to bring matters for action before annual and special meetings and authorizes our Board of Directors to issue and set the terms of preferred stock. The regulations on shareholder action could make it more difficult for any person seeking to acquire control of the Company to obtain shareholder approval of actions that would support this effort. The issuance of preferred stock could effectively dilute the interests of any person seeking control or otherwise make it more difficult to obtain control. In addition, provisions in our Restated Certificate of Incorporation require supermajority shareholder approval of some acquisition transactions and we are subject to the anti-takeover provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law, either of which could have the effect of delaying or preventing a change of control in some circumstances.

 

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The seasonality of certain of our businesses could exacerbate negative impacts on our operations.

Each of our businesses is normally subject to seasonal variations, as follows:

 

   

Revenues in our Media Networks segment are subject to seasonal advertising patterns and changes in viewership levels. In general, advertising revenues are somewhat higher during the fall and somewhat lower during the summer months. Affiliate revenues are typically collected ratably throughout the year. Certain affiliate revenues at ESPN are deferred until annual programming commitments are met. These commitments are typically satisfied during the second half of the Company’s fiscal year, which generally results in higher revenue recognition during this period.

 

   

Revenues in our Parks and Resorts segment fluctuate with changes in theme park attendance and resort occupancy resulting from the seasonal nature of vacation travel and local entertainment excursions. Peak attendance and resort occupancy generally occur during the summer months when school vacations occur and during early-winter and spring-holiday periods.

 

   

Revenues in our Studio Entertainment segment fluctuate due to the timing and performance of releases in the theatrical, home entertainment, and television markets. Release dates are determined by several factors, including competition and the timing of vacation and holiday periods.

 

   

Revenues in our Consumer Products segment are influenced by seasonal consumer purchasing behavior and by the timing and performance of theatrical releases and cable programming broadcasts.

 

   

Revenues in our Interactive segment fluctuate due to the timing and performance of video game releases which are determined by several factors, including theatrical releases and cable programming broadcasts, competition and the timing of holiday periods. Revenues from certain of our internet and mobile operations are subject to similar seasonal trends.

Accordingly, if a short term negative impact on our business occurs during a time of high seasonal demand (such as hurricane damage to our parks during the summer travel season), the effect could have a disproportionate effect on the results of that business for the year.

The Company’s pending acquisition of Lucasfilm is expected to cause short term dilution in earnings per share and there can be no assurance that anticipated improvements in earnings per share will be realized.

On October 30, 2012, the Company entered into an agreement to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a merger transaction in which the Company is expected to distribute approximately 40 million shares and pay approximately $2.025 billion in cash. We expect that the merger will initially result in lower earnings per share than we would have earned in the absence of the merger. We expect that over time the merger will yield benefits to the combined company such that the merger will ultimately be accretive to earnings per share. However, there can be no assurance that the increase in earnings per share expected in the long term will be achieved. In order to achieve increases in earnings per share as a result of the merger, the combined company will, among other things, need to effectively continue the successful operations of Lucasfilm after the merger, develop successful new content (including future feature films) based on Lucasfilm’s intellectual property and successfully integrate Lucasfilm’s products into the combined company’s various distribution channels.

ITEM 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

The Company has received no written comments regarding its periodic or current reports from the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission that were issued 180 days or more preceding the end of its 2012 fiscal year and that remain unresolved.

 

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ITEM 2. Properties

The Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and other properties of the Company and its subsidiaries are described in Item 1 under the caption Parks and Resorts. Film library properties are described in Item 1 under the caption Studio Entertainment. Television stations owned by the Company are described under the caption Media Networks.

The Company and its subsidiaries own and lease properties throughout the world. In addition to the properties noted above, the table below provides a brief description of other significant properties and the related business segment.

 

Location

  

Property /

Approximate Size

  

Use

  

Business Segment(1)

Burbank, CA

   Land (52 acres) & Buildings (2,000,000 ft2)    Owned Office/Production/Warehouse    Corp/Studio/Media/CP

Burbank, CA &
surrounding cities
(2)

   Buildings (1,900,000 ft2 )    Leased Office/Warehouse (includes 8,000 ft2 sublet to third party tenants)    Corp/Studio/Media/CP/ Interactive

Glendale, CA & North Hollywood, CA

   Land (148 acres) & Buildings (2,500,000 ft2)    Owned Office/Warehouse (includes 360,000 ft2 sublet to third party tenants)    Corp/Studio/Media/CP/ P&R/Interactive

Glendale, CA

   Buildings (195,000 ft2)    Leased Office/Warehouse (includes 6,000 ft2 sublet to third party tenants)    Corp

Los Angeles, CA

   Land (22 acres) & Buildings (600,000 ft2 )    Owned Office/Production/Technical    Media

Los Angeles, CA

   Buildings (215,000 ft2 )    Leased/Office/Production/Technical/ Theater (includes 14,000 ft2 sublet to third party tenants)    Corp/Media/Studio/ Interactive

New York, NY

   Land (6.5 acres) & Buildings (1,400,000 ft2 )    Owned Office/Production/Technical (includes 16,000 ft2 sublet to third party tenants)    Media/Corp

New York, NY

   Buildings (490,000 ft2 )    Leased Office/Production/Warehouse (includes 14,000 ft2 sublet to third party tenants)    Corp/Studio/Media /Interactive

Bristol, CT

   Land (115 acres) & Buildings (720,000 ft2 )    Owned Office/Production/Technical    Media

Bristol, CT

   Buildings (450,000 ft2 )    Leased Office/Warehouse/Technical    Media

Emeryville, CA

   Land (20 acres) & Buildings (430,000 ft2 )    Owned Office/Production/Technical    Studio

Emeryville, CA

   Buildings (75,000 ft2 )    Leased Office/Storage    Studio

USA & Canada

   Land and Buildings (Multiple sites and sizes)    Owned and Leased Office/ Production/Transmitter/Retail/ Warehouse    Corp/Studio/Media/CP/ P&R/Interactive

Hammersmith, England

   Land (1 acre) & Building (85,000 ft2 )    Owned Office    Corp/Studio/Media/CP/ Interactive

Hammersmith, England

   Building (200,000 ft2 )    Leased Office    Corp/Studio/Media/CP/ Interactive

Europe, Asia, Australia & Latin America

   Buildings (Multiple sites and sizes)    Leased Office/Retail/ Warehouse/Production    Corp/Studio/Media/CP/ P&R/Interactive

 

(1) 

Corp – Corporate, CP – Consumer Products, P&R – Parks and Resorts

(2) 

Surrounding cities include North Hollywood, CA and Sun Valley, CA

 

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ITEM 3. Legal Proceedings

Celador International Ltd. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. On May 19, 2004, an affiliate of the creator and licensor of the television program, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” filed an action against the Company and certain of its subsidiaries, including American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. and Buena Vista Television, LLC, alleging it was damaged by defendants improperly engaging in certain intra-company transactions and charging merchandise distribution expenses, resulting in an underpayment to the plaintiff. On July 7, 2010, the jury returned a verdict for breach of contract against certain subsidiaries of the Company, awarding plaintiff damages of $269.4 million. The Company has stipulated with the plaintiff to an award of prejudgment interest of $50 million, which amount will be reduced pro rata should the Court of Appeals reduce the damages amount. On December 21, 2010, the Company’s alternative motions for a new trial and for judgment as a matter of law were denied. Although we cannot predict the ultimate outcome of this lawsuit, the Company believes the jury’s verdict is in error and is vigorously pursuing its position on appeal, notice of which was filed by the Company on January 14, 2011. On or about January 28, 2011, plaintiff filed a notice of cross-appeal. On October 10, 2012, oral argument on the appeals was held. The Company has determined that it does not have a probable loss under the applicable accounting standard relating to probability of loss for recording a reserve with respect to this litigation and therefore has not recorded a reserve.

Beef Products, Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. On September 13, 2012, plaintiffs filed an action in South Dakota state court against certain subsidiaries and employees of the Company and others, asserting claims for defamation arising from alleged false statements and implications, statutory and common law product disparagement, and tortious interference with existing and prospective business relationships. The claims arise out of ABC News reports published in March and April 2012 that discussed the subject of labeling requirements for production processes related to a product one plaintiff produces that is added to ground beef before sale to consumers. Plaintiffs seek actual and consequential damages in excess of $400 million, statutory damages (including treble damages) pursuant to South Dakota’s Agricultural Food Products Disparagement Act, and punitive damages. On October 24, 2012, the Company removed the action to the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota, and on October 31, 2012, the Company moved to dismiss all claims.

The Company, together with, in some instances, certain of its directors and officers, is a defendant or codefendant in various other legal actions involving copyright, breach of contract and various other claims incident to the conduct of its businesses. Management does not expect the Company to suffer any material liability by reason of these actions.

 

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Executive Officers of the Company

The executive officers of the Company are elected each year at the organizational meeting of the Board of Directors, which follows the annual meeting of the shareholders, and at other Board of Directors meetings, as appropriate. Each of the executive officers has been employed by the Company in the position or positions indicated in the list and pertinent notes below. Each of the executive officers has been employed by the Company for more than five years.

At September 29, 2012, the executive officers of the Company were as follows:

 

Name

   Age     

Title

   Executive
Officer Since

Robert A. Iger

     61       Chairman and Chief Executive Officer(1)    2000

James A. Rasulo

     56      

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief

Financial Officer (2)

   2010

Alan N. Braverman

     64      

Senior Executive Vice President, General

Counsel and Secretary

   2003

Kevin A. Mayer

     50       Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development(3)    2005

Christine M. McCarthy

     57       Executive Vice President, Corporate Real Estate, Sourcing, Alliances and Treasurer(4)    2005

Mary Jayne Parker

     51       Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer(5)    2009

 

(1) 

Mr. Iger was appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer effective March 13, 2012. He was President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2, 2005 through that date.

 

(2) 

Mr. Rasulo was appointed Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective January 1, 2010. He was Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide from 2005 to 2009, and was President, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts from 2002 to 2005.

 

(3) 

Mr. Mayer was named Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Business Development and Technology of the Company in June 2005 and was designated an executive officer in October 2005.

 

(4) 

Ms. McCarthy was named Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance and Real Estate in June 2005 and has been Treasurer since January 2000.

 

(5) 

Ms. Parker was named Executive Vice President – Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer of the Company, effective September 1, 2009, and designated an executive officer of the Company October 2, 2009. Ms. Parker was previously Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts from October 2005 to July 2007 and Vice President Human Resources Administration for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts from March 2003 to October 2005.

 

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PART II

ITEM 5. Market for the Company’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

The Company’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “DIS”. The following table shows, for the periods indicated, the high and low sales prices per share of common stock as reported in the Bloomberg Financial markets services.

 

     Sales Price  
     High           Low  

2012

        

4th Quarter

     $   53.40                $   46.85       

3rd Quarter

     48.95                40.88       

2nd Quarter

     44.50                37.94       

1st Quarter

     37.80                28.19       

2011

        

4th Quarter

     $ 40.97                $ 29.05       

3rd Quarter

     44.13                37.19       

2nd Quarter

     44.34                37.62       

1st Quarter

     38.00                33.08       

The Company declared a $0.60 per share dividend ($1.1 billion) on November 30, 2011 related to fiscal 2011, which was paid in the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The Board of Directors has not declared a dividend related to fiscal 2012 as of the date of this report.

As of September 29, 2012, the approximate number of common shareholders of record was 984,857.

The following table provides information about Company purchases of equity securities that are registered by the Company pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act during the quarter ended September 29, 2012:

 

Period

   Total Number
of Shares
Purchased 
(1)
   Average Price
Paid per Share
     Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Plans
or  Programs
   Maximum Number
of Shares that May
Yet Be Purchased
Under the Plans or
Programs
(2)

July 1, 2012 – July 31, 2012

       1,498,332          $  48.09                   1,426,243                250 million      

August 1, 2012 – August 31, 2012

       3,150,847          49.68                   3,074,100                247 million      

September 1, 2012 – September 29, 2012

       14,663,938          51.51                   14,600,000                232 million      
  

 

     

 

  

Total

       19,313,117          50.95                   19,100,343                232 million      
  

 

     

 

  

 

 

(1) 

212,774 shares were purchased on the open market to provide shares to participants in the Walt Disney Investment Plan (WDIP) and Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). These purchases were not made pursuant to a publicly announced repurchase plan or program.

 

(2) 

Under a share repurchase program implemented effective June 10, 1998, the Company is authorized to repurchase shares of its common stock. On March 22, 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors increased the repurchase authorization to a total of 400 million shares as of that date. The repurchase program does not have an expiration date.

 

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ITEM 6. Selected Financial Data

(in millions, except per share data)

 

    2012 (1)     2011 (2)     2010 (3)     2009 (4)     2008 (5)  

Statements of income

         

Revenues

    $     42,278          $     40,893          $     38,063          $     36,149          $     37,843     

Net income

    6,173          5,258          4,313          3,609          4,729     

Net income attributable to Disney

    5,682          4,807          3,963          3,307          4,427     

Per common share

         

Earnings attributable to Disney

         

Diluted

    $ 3.13          $ 2.52          $ 2.03          $ 1.76          $ 2.28     

Basic

    3.17          2.56          2.07          1.78          2.34     

Dividends

    0.60          0.40          0.35          0.35          0.35     

Balance sheets

         

Total assets

    $ 74,898          $ 72,124          $ 69,206          $ 63,117          $ 62,497     

Long-term obligations

    17,876          17,717          16,234          16,939          14,889     

Disney shareholders’ equity

    39,759          37,385          37,519          33,734          32,323     

Statements of cash flows

         

Cash provided (used) by:

         

Operating activities

    $ 7,966          $ 6,994          $ 6,578          $ 5,319          $ 5,685     

Investing activities

    (4,759)         (3,286)         (4,523)         (1,755)         (2,162)    

Financing activities

    (2,985)         (3,233)         (2,663)         (3,111)         (4,208)    

 

 

(1) 

The fiscal 2012 results include restructuring and impairment charges ($0.03 per diluted share) and gains in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in UTV ($0.06 per diluted share) (see Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion), a recovery of a previously written-off receivable from Lehman Brothers ($0.03 per diluted share), and costs related to the DLP debt refinancing (rounded to $0.00 per diluted share) (see Note 8 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). These items collectively resulted in a net positive benefit of $0.06 per diluted share.

(2) 

The fiscal 2011 results include restructuring and impairment charges that rounded to $0.00 per diluted share and a net after tax loss on the sales of Miramax and BASS ($0.02 per diluted share) which collectively resulted in a net adverse impact of $0.02 per diluted share (see Note 4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements).

(3) 

During fiscal 2010, the Company completed a cash and stock acquisition for the outstanding capital stock of Marvel for $4.2 billion (see Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further discussion). In addition, results include restructuring and impairment charges ($0.09 per diluted share), gains on the sales of investments in two television services in Europe ($0.02 per diluted share), a gain on the sale of the Power Rangers property ($0.01 per diluted share), and an accounting gain related to the acquisition of The Disney Store Japan ($0.01 per diluted share). Including the impact of rounding, these items collectively resulted in a net adverse impact of $0.04 per diluted share.

(4) 

The fiscal 2009 results include restructuring and impairment charges ($0.17 per diluted share), a non-cash gain in connection with the AETN transaction ($0.08 per diluted share) and a gain on the sale of our investment in two pay television services in Latin America ($0.04 per diluted share). Including the impact of rounding, these items collectively resulted in a net adverse impact of $0.06 per diluted share.

(5) 

The fiscal 2008 results include an accounting gain related to the acquisition of the Disney Stores North America and a gain on the sale of movies.com (together $0.01 per diluted share), the favorable resolution of certain income tax matters ($0.03 per diluted share), a bad debt charge for a receivable from Lehman Brothers ($0.03 per diluted share) and an impairment charge ($0.01 per diluted share). These items collectively had no net impact on earnings per share.

 

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ITEM 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

(in millions, except per share data)

 

                          % Change
Better/(Worse)
 
     2012      2011      2010      2012
vs.
2011
     2011
vs.
2010
 

Revenues

     $   42,278           $ 40,893         $ 38,063           3  %          7  %    

Costs and expenses

     (33,415)          (33,112)          (31,337)          (1) %          (6) %    

Restructuring and impairment charges

     (100)          (55)          (270)          (82) %          80  %    

Other income /(expense), net

     239           75           140           >100  %          (46) %    

Net interest expense

     (369)          (343)          (409)          (8) %          16  %    

Equity in the income of investees

     627           585           440           7  %          33  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Income before income taxes

     9,260           8,043           6,627           15  %          21  %    

Income taxes

     (3,087)          (2,785)          (2,314)          (11) %          (20) %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Net income

     6,173           5,258           4,313           17  %          22  %    

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (491)          (451)          (350)          (9) %          (29) %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Net income attributable to The Walt Disney Company (Disney)

     $ 5,682           $ 4,807         $ 3,963           18  %          21  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Earnings per share attributable to Disney:

              

Diluted

     $ 3.13           $ 2.52         $ 2.03           24  %          24  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Basic

     $ 3.17           $ 2.56         $ 2.07           24  %          24  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:

              

Diluted

     1,818           1,909           1,948           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Basic

     1,794           1,878           1,915           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

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Organization of Information

Management’s Discussion and Analysis provides a narrative on the Company’s financial performance and condition that should be read in conjunction with the accompanying financial statements. It includes the following sections:

 

   

Consolidated Results

   

Business Segment Results — 2012 vs. 2011

   

Non-Segment Items — 2012 vs. 2011

   

Pension and Postretirement Medical Benefit Costs

   

Business Segment Results — 2011 vs. 2010

   

Non-Segment Items — 2011 vs. 2010

   

Liquidity and Capital Resources

   

Contractual Obligations, Commitments, and Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

   

Accounting Policies and Estimates

   

Forward-Looking Statements

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

2012 vs. 2011

Revenues for fiscal 2012 increased 3%, or $1.4 billion, to $42.3 billion; net income attributable to Disney increased 18%, or $875 million, to $5.7 billion; and earnings per share attributable to Disney (EPS) for the year increased 24% to $3.13.

Net income attributable to Disney for fiscal 2012 included a $184 million ($116 million after tax) non-cash gain recorded in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in UTV (UTV Gain) and $79 million ($50 million after tax) for the recovery of a receivable from Lehman Brothers that was written off in 2008 as a result of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy (Lehman recovery), partially offset by $100 million ($63 million after tax) of restructuring and impairment charges and a $24 million net charge ($7 million after tax and allocation to noncontrolling interests) related to the refinancing of Disneyland Paris borrowings (DLP debt charge). These items collectively had a $0.06 net benefit on EPS.

Net income attributable to Disney for fiscal 2011 included $55 million of restructuring and impairment charges and gains from the sales of businesses of $75 million. These items collectively had a $0.02 net negative impact on EPS. The table below shows the pretax and after tax impact of these items.

 

     Benefit / (Expense)  
     Pretax      Tax
Effect
     After
Tax
 

Restructuring and impairment charges

   $           (55)         $           47          $           (8)     

Gains on sales of businesses

     75             (107)           (32)     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $ 20           $ (60)         $ (40)     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Restructuring and impairment charges included an impairment of assets that had tax basis significantly in excess of book value resulting in a $47 million tax benefit on the restructuring and impairment charges. The gains on sales of businesses included the sale of Miramax which had a book value that included $217 million of allocated goodwill which is not tax deductible. Accordingly, the taxable gain on the sales of businesses exceeded the $75 million book gain resulting in tax expense of $107 million.

After the impact of the items discussed above, the increase in EPS for fiscal 2012 reflected higher operating results driven by higher fees from MVPDs (Affiliate Fees) at ESPN and the worldwide Disney Channel, higher guest spending and attendance at our domestic parks and resorts, higher advertising revenue at ESPN, higher results at our theatrical business driven by Marvel’s The Avengers, higher ABC program sales, improved social game performance due to lower acquisition accounting impacts and increased title performance, and higher merchandise licensing revenue driven by the strength of Marvel properties. These increases were partially offset by higher operating expenses at our domestic parks and resorts, higher sports programming costs at ESPN, lower advertising revenue at ABC and our owned television stations and higher film cost write-downs.

2011 vs. 2010

Revenues for fiscal 2011 increased 7%, or $2.8 billion, to $40.9 billion; net income attributable to Disney increased 21%, or $844 million, to $4.8 billion; and EPS increased 24% to $2.52.

 

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The increase in EPS for fiscal 2011 reflected higher operating results driven by Affiliate Fee growth at our Cable Networks, increased guest spending and volumes at our domestic parks and resorts, higher advertising revenue at ESPN and lower film cost write-downs. Additionally, EPS growth benefited from decreased programming and production costs at ABC, higher licensing revenue due to the strength of Cars merchandise and a full-period of results for Marvel, and higher equity income at AETN. These increases were partially offset by higher costs at ESPN and at our domestic parks and resorts, lower performance at our theatrical business, and the inclusion of a full-period of results for Playdom in fiscal 2011, which included the impact of acquisition accounting.

Restructuring and Impairment Charges

The Company recorded $100 million of restructuring and impairment charges in fiscal 2012. Restructuring charges were driven by severance and facilities costs related to organizational and cost structure initiatives across various of our businesses. Impairment charges primarily resulted from an intellectual property impairment.

The Company recorded $55 million of charges in fiscal 2011 reflecting severance and facilities costs related to organizational and cost structure initiatives primarily at the Studio Entertainment and Interactive segments.

The Company recorded $270 million of charges in fiscal 2010 related to organizational and cost structure initiatives primarily at our Studio Entertainment and Media Networks segments. Restructuring charges of $138 million were primarily for severance and other related costs. Impairment charges of $132 million consisted of write-offs of capitalized costs primarily related to abandoned film projects, the closure of a studio production facility and the closure of five ESPN Zone locations.

Other Income /(expense), net

Other income /(expense) is as follows (in millions):

 

     2012      2011      2010  

UTV Gain

   $           184         $           —         $           —     

Lehman recovery

     79           —           —     

DLP debt charge

     (24)          —           —     

Gain on sale of Miramax

     —           64           —     

Gain on sale of BASS

     —           11           —     

Gain on sales of investments in television services in Europe

     —           —           75     

Gain on sale of Power Rangers property

     —           —           43     

Gain related to the acquisition of The Disney Store Japan

     —           —           22     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Other income /(expense), net

   $ 239         $ 75         $ 140     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS — 2012 vs. 2011

Below is a discussion of the major revenue and expense categories for our business segments. Costs and expenses for each segment consist of operating expenses, selling, general, administrative and other expenses and depreciation and amortization. Selling, general, administrative and other costs include third-party and internal marketing expenses.

Our Media Networks segment generates revenue from Affiliate Fees charged to MVPDs, advertising revenues from the sale to advertisers of time in programs for commercial announcements and other revenues which include the sale and distribution of television programming. Operating expenses include programming and production costs, technical support costs, distribution costs and operating labor.

Our Parks and Resorts segment generates revenue from the sale of admissions to theme parks, the sale of merchandise, food and beverages, charges for room nights at hotels, sales of cruise vacation packages and sales and rentals of vacation club properties. Operating expenses include labor, costs of sales, repairs and maintenance, entertainment and cruise ship fuel expense.

 

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Our Studio Entertainment segment generates revenue from the distribution of films in the theatrical, home entertainment and television markets. Operating expenses include film cost amortization, which consists of production cost amortization, participations and residuals, costs of sales and distribution expenses.

Our Consumer Products segment generates revenue from licensing characters from our film, television and other properties to third parties for use on consumer merchandise, publishing children’s books and magazines and comic books, and operating retail stores, English language learning centers and internet shopping sites. Operating expenses include costs of goods sold, distribution, operating labor and retail occupancy costs.

Our Interactive segment generates revenue from the development and sale of multi-platform games, online advertising and sponsorships, subscriptions to and micro transactions for online games, and content and handset revenue from our Disney-branded mobile phone business in Japan. Certain properties are also licensed to third-party game publishers. Operating expenses include product development, costs of goods sold and distribution expenses. Certain costs related to website design and maintenance are allocated to other Company businesses.

 

             % Change
Better/(Worse)
 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      2010      2012
vs.
2011
     2011
vs.
2010
 

Revenues:

              

Media Networks

   $     19,436         $     18,714         $     17,162           4  %          9  %    

Parks and Resorts

     12,920           11,797           10,761           10  %          10  %    

Studio Entertainment

     5,825           6,351           6,701           (8)  %          (5)  %    

Consumer Products

     3,252           3,049           2,678           7  %          14  %    

Interactive

     845           982           761           (14)  %          29  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       
   $ 42,278         $ 40,893         $ 38,063           3  %          7  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Segment operating income (loss):

              

Media Networks

   $ 6,619         $ 6,146         $ 5,132           8  %          20  %    

Parks and Resorts

     1,902           1,553           1,318           22  %          18  %    

Studio Entertainment

     722           618           693           17  %          (11)  %    

Consumer Products

     937           816           677           15  %          21  %    

Interactive

     (216)          (308)          (234)          30  %          (32)  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       
   $ 9,964         $ 8,825         $ 7,586           13  %          16  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

The Company evaluates the performance of its operating segments based on segment operating income, and management uses aggregate segment operating income as a measure of the overall performance of the operating businesses. The Company believes that information about aggregate segment operating income assists investors by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of the Company’s portfolio of businesses separate from factors other than business operations that affect net income. The following table reconciles segment operating income to income before income taxes.

 

             % Change
Better/(Worse)
 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      2010      2012
vs.
2011
     2011
vs.
2010
 

Segment operating income

   $     9,964         $     8,825         $     7,586           13  %         16  %   

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses

     (474)          (459)          (420)          (3)  %         (9)  %   

Restructuring and impairment charges

     (100)          (55)          (270)          (82)  %         80  %   

Other income /(expense), net

     239           75           140           >100  %         (46)  %   

Net interest expense

     (369)          (343)          (409)          (8)  %         16  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

Income before income taxes

   $ 9,260         $ 8,043         $ 6,627           15  %         21  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

       

 

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Media Networks

Operating results for the Media Networks segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)    September 29,
2012
     October 1,
2011 (1)
    

Revenues

        

Affiliate Fees

    $       9,360          $       8,837           6  %     

Advertising

     7,699           7,598           1  %     

Other

     2,377           2,279           4  %     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     19,436           18,714           4  %     

Operating expenses

     (10,535)          (10,282)          (2)  %     

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (2,651)          (2,633)          (1)  %     

Depreciation and amortization

     (258)          (237)          (9)  %     

Equity in the income of investees

     627           584           7  %     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

    $       6,619          $       6,146           8  %     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

(1) 

Certain reclassifications have been made to the amounts presented for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010 to conform to the fiscal 2012 presentation

Revenues

Affiliate Fee growth of 6% was driven by increases of 5% from higher contractual rates and 1% from subscriber growth at Cable Networks.

Higher advertising revenues were due to an increase of $263 million at Cable Networks from $3,522 million to $3,785 million, partially offset by a decrease of $162 million at Broadcasting from $4,076 million to $3,914 million. The increase at Cable Networks reflected an increase of 6% due to higher rates. The decrease at Broadcasting reflected decreases of 7% due to lower ABC ratings, and 2% due to lower local television advertising driven by lower political advertising, partially offset by an increase of 5% due to higher ABC advertising rates.

The increase in other revenues was primarily due to higher program sales driven by Castle, Once Upon a Time, and Revenge, partially offset by lower home entertainment revenues, primarily due to Lost, and lower Disney Channel program sales.

Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses include programming and production costs which increased $231 million from $8,760 million to $8,991 million. At Cable Networks, an increase in programming and production costs of $359 million was primarily due to higher sports rights costs due to contractual rate increases for college sports, NFL, MLB, and NBA programming and expanded rights for the Wimbledon Championships. At Broadcasting, programming and production costs decreased $128 million reflecting the absence of The Oprah Winfrey Show at our local television stations and lower program write-offs at ABC.

Equity in the Income of Investees

Income from equity investees increased to $627 million in the current year from $584 million in the prior year driven by an increase at AETN primarily due to higher advertising and affiliate revenues, partially offset by higher programming costs. This increase was partially offset by equity losses at Hulu which were driven by higher programming and marketing costs, partially offset by higher advertising and subscription revenues.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income increased 8%, or $473 million, to $6.6 billion. The increase was primarily due to increases at ESPN and the worldwide Disney Channels, higher program sales, lower broadcast programming costs and increased equity income from AETN, partially offset by lower broadcast advertising revenue.

 

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The following table provides supplemental revenue and operating income detail for the Media Networks segment:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)    September 29,
2012
     October 1,
2011
    

Revenues

        

Cable Networks

    $       13,621         $       12,877           6  %    

Broadcasting

     5,815           5,837           –  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    
    $ 19,436         $ 18,714           4  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Segment operating income

        

Cable Networks

    $ 5,704         $ 5,233           9  %    

Broadcasting

     915           913           –  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    
    $ 6,619         $ 6,146           8  %    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Restructuring and impairment charges

The Company recorded charges of $14 million, $3 million and $95 million related to Media Networks for fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The charges in fiscal 2012 were primarily for severance related to organizational and cost structure initiatives. The charges in fiscal 2010 were for severance costs and the closure of five ESPN Zone locations. These charges were reported in “Restructuring and impairment charges” in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

Parks and Resorts

Operating results for the Parks and Resorts segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)    September 29,
2012
     October 1,
2011
    

Revenues

        

Domestic

    $       10,339         $       9,302           11  %   

International

     2,581           2,495           3  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     12,920           11,797           10  %   

Operating expenses

     (7,928)          (7,383)          (7)  %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (1,849)          (1,696)          (9)  %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (1,241)          (1,165)          (7)  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

    $ 1,902         $ 1,553           22  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Revenues

Parks and Resorts revenues increased 10%, or $1.1 billion, to $12.9 billion due to an increase of $1.0 billion at our domestic operations and an increase of $86 million at our international operations.

Revenue growth of 11% at our domestic operations reflected a 5% increase from higher average guest spending and a 5% increase from volume. Increased guest spending was primarily due to higher average ticket prices, food and beverage spending, and daily hotel room rates. The volume increase was driven by higher passenger cruise days from the Disney Fantasy and the Disney Dream, which launched in March 2012 and January 2011, respectively, increased attendance at our domestic parks reflecting strong growth at Disneyland Resort which benefited from the opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure and higher hotel occupancy from Aulani, our new hotel and vacation club resort in Hawaii, which opened in August 2011.

Revenue growth of 3% at our international operations reflected a 3% increase from higher average guest spending, a 3% increase from higher attendance and a 3% increase from higher royalty revenue from Tokyo Disney Resort. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of 4% from the unfavorable impact of foreign currency translation due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro and a decrease of 1% from lower hotel occupancy at Disneyland Paris. Higher guest spending was primarily due to higher daily hotel room rates and average ticket prices. Higher royalty revenue from Tokyo Disney Resort reflected the prior-year impact from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

 

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The following table presents supplemental attendance, per capita theme park guest spending, and hotel statistics:

 

     Domestic      International (2)      Total  
     Fiscal Year
2012
     Fiscal Year
2011
     Fiscal Year
2012
     Fiscal Year
2011
     Fiscal Year
2012
     Fiscal Year
2011
 

Parks

                 

Increase/ (decrease)

                 

Attendance

     3 %         1 %         6 %         6 %         4 %         2 %   

Per Capita Guest Spending

     7 %         8 %         1 %         2 %         5 %         6 %   

Hotels (1)

                 

Occupancy

     81 %         82 %         85 %         88 %         82 %         83 %   

Available Room Nights

(in thousands)

     9,850              9,625             2,468              2,466             12,318              12,091       

Per Room Guest Spending

   $ 257            $ 241           $ 317            $ 294           $ 270            $ 253       

 

(1) 

Per room guest spending consists of the average daily hotel room rate as well as guest spending on food, beverages and merchandise at the hotels. Hotel statistics include rentals of Disney Vacation Club units.

(2) 

Per capita guest spending and per room guest spending exclude the impact of foreign currency translation. The euro to U.S. dollar weighted average foreign currency exchange rate was $1.30 and $1.39 for fiscal 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses include operating labor which increased by $285 million from $3,540 million to $3,825 million and cost of sales which increased $96 million from $1,198 million to $1,294 million. Higher operating labor was driven by new guest offerings, labor cost inflation and higher employee benefit costs. The increase in cost of sales was driven by higher volumes. Operating expenses also increased due to costs associated with resort expansion and new guest offerings including investments in supporting systems infrastructure. New guest offerings included the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream, and the expansion of Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. These increases were partially offset by a favorable impact of foreign currency translation as a result of the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro and the collection of business interruption insurance proceeds related to the prior-year earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The increase in selling, general, administrative and other costs was driven by marketing for resort expansion and new guest offerings and labor and other cost inflation.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income increased 22%, or $349 million, to $1.9 billion driven by increases at our domestic parks and resorts, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, partially offset by a decrease at Disneyland Paris.

Studio Entertainment

Operating results for the Studio Entertainment segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)        September 29,    
2012
         October 1,    
2011
(1)
    

Revenues

        

Theatrical distribution

     $ 1,470             $ 1,733             (15) %   

Home entertainment

     2,221             2,435             (9) %   

Television distribution and other

     2,134             2,183             (2) %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     5,825             6,351             (8) %   

Operating expenses

     (2,908)            (3,253)            11 %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (2,053)            (2,348)            13 %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (142)            (132)            (8) %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

     $ 722             $ 618             17 %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

(1)

Certain reclassifications have been made to the amounts presented for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010 to conform to the fiscal 2012 presentation

 

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Revenues

Lower theatrical distribution revenues were driven by fewer releases, partially offset by the strong performance of Marvel’s The Avengers.

Lower home entertainment revenue reflected a 12% decrease from a decline in unit sales reflecting lower catalog sales and the performance of the current-year titles. Significant titles in the current year included Marvel’s The Avengers and Cars 2 while the prior year included Toy Story 3 and Tangled. The decrease was partially offset by a 2% increase due to higher net effective pricing domestically which benefitted from a higher Blu-ray sales mix. Net effective pricing is the wholesale selling price adjusted for discounts, sales incentives and returns.

The decrease in television distribution and other revenue was driven by lower revenue share from the Consumer Products segment resulting from the prior-year performance of Cars merchandise. Television distribution revenue was comparable to the prior year as higher syndication sales in international markets was offset by lower sales in the domestic pay television market.

Cost and Expenses

Operating expenses included a decrease of $200 million in film cost amortization, from $1,885 million to $1,685 million, driven by lower home entertainment sales volume and a lower average production cost amortization rate for television distribution sales, partially offset by higher film cost write-downs. Operating expenses also include distribution costs and cost of goods sold which decreased $145 million from $1,368 million to $1,223 million driven by a decline in home entertainment sales volume and fewer theatrical titles in release.

The decrease in selling, general, administrative and other costs was primarily due to lower marketing expenses at our theatrical and home entertainment businesses driven by fewer major releases in the current year.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income increased 17% to $722 million primarily due to improved results at our domestic theatrical and television distribution businesses, partially offset by higher film cost write-downs in the current year.

Restructuring and impairment charges

The Company recorded charges of $18 million, $33 million and $151 million related to Studio Entertainment for fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The charges in fiscal 2012 were primarily due to an impairment of an intellectual property intangible asset. The charges in fiscal 2011 were primarily for severance and related costs. The charges in fiscal 2010 were primarily for the closure of a production facility, the write-offs of capitalized costs related to abandoned film projects, and severance costs. These charges were reported in “Restructuring and impairment charges” in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

Consumer Products

Operating results for the Consumer Products segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)        September 29,    
2012
         October 1,    
2011
    

Revenues

        

Licensing and publishing

     $ 2,056            $ 1,933            6   %   

Retail and other

     1,196            1,116            7   %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     3,252            3,049            7   %   

Operating expenses

     (1,384)          (1,334)           (4)  %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (816)          (794)           (3)  %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (115)          (105)           (10)  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

     $ 937            $ 816            15   %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Revenues

The 6% increase in licensing and publishing revenue reflected a decreased revenue share with Studio Entertainment due to lower revenues from Cars merchandise, higher performance of Spider-Man, Minnie and Mickey and Avengers merchandise and higher recognition of minimum guarantees.

 

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The 7% increase in retail and other revenue reflected growth at our retail business driven by new stores in North America and Europe, increased online sales due to promotional events, and higher comparable store sales in North America. These increases were partially offset by lower comparable store sales in Europe.

Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses included an increase of $26 million in cost of goods sold, from $567 million to $593 million, driven by increased sales volume at our retail business. Operating expenses also increased 1% due to higher distribution costs driven by higher third-party royalties and 1% due to higher labor and occupancy costs driven by the expansion of the Disney English business in China and new retail stores in North America and Europe.

The increase in selling, general, administrative and other expenses was driven by higher marketing and promotions expense.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income increased 15% to $937 million due to increases at our licensing and retail businesses.

Restructuring and impairment charges

The Company recorded charges totaling $34 million and $16 million related to Consumer Products for fiscal years 2012 and 2010, respectively. The charges in fiscal 2012 and 2010 were primarily due to severance costs which were reported in “Restructuring and impairment charges” in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

Interactive

Operating results for the Interactive segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)        September 29,    
2012
         October 1,    
2011
 (1)
    

Revenues

        

Game sales and subscriptions

     $ 613            $ 768            (20) %   

Advertising and other

     232            214            8 %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     845            982            (14) %   

Operating expenses

     (583)           (675)           14 %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (429)           (561)           24 %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (49)           (54)           9 %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Loss

     $ (216)           $ (308)           30 %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

(1) 

Certain reclassifications have been made to the amounts presented for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010 to conform to the fiscal 2012 presentation

Revenues

The decrease in game sales and subscriptions revenue reflected a 29% decrease from lower console game unit sales and a 8% decrease from lower net effective pricing of console games reflecting the strong performance of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Cars 2 and Epic Mickey in the prior-year period. The decrease was partially offset by an 11% increase from higher social games revenue reflecting improved title performance in the current period and lower acquisition accounting impacts.

Higher advertising and other revenue was driven by an increase at our mobile phone service in Japan which included a benefit from higher rates.

Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses included a $21 million decrease in product development costs from $352 million to $331 million driven by decreased console game development. Operating expenses also include cost of sales, which decreased by $71 million from $323 million to $252 million driven by lower console game sales volume, partially offset by an increase at social games associated with revenue growth.

The decrease in selling, general, administrative and other costs was primarily due to lower marketing costs at our console games business driven by fewer releases in the current period, lower acquisition accounting expenses at our social games business, and higher cost allocations to other Company businesses related to website design and maintenance and online revenues.

 

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Segment Operating Loss

Segment operating loss decreased 30% to $216 million driven by improved results at our social games and online businesses partially offset by a decrease at our console games business.

Restructuring and impairment charges

The Company recorded charges totaling $21 million, $22 million and $2 million related to Interactive for fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively which were primarily for severance costs. These charges were reported in “Restructuring and impairment charges” in the Consolidated Statements of Income.

NON-SEGMENT ITEMS – 2012 vs. 2011

Corporate and Unallocated Shared Expenses

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses increased 3%, from $459 million to $474 million due to higher compensation related costs and charitable contributions.

Net Interest Expense

Net interest expense is detailed below:

 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      % Change
 Better/(Worse) 
 

Interest expense

     $  (472)           $  (435)         (9)%   

Interest and investment income

     103           92         12 %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Net interest expense

     $  (369)           $  (343)         (8)%   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

The increase in interest expense reflected higher average debt balances, partially offset by lower effective interest rates.

Effective Income Tax Rate

 

     2012      2011      Change
Better/(Worse)
 

Effective income tax rate

           33.3 %               34.6 %         1.3 ppt   

The effective tax rate decreased 1.3 percentage points for the year due to the impact in the prior-year of the gain on the sale of Miramax and an increase in earnings from foreign operations subject to tax at rates lower than the federal statutory income tax rate. The book value of Miramax included non-deductible goodwill such that the taxable gain on the sale of Miramax resulted in tax expense that exceeded the book gain causing an increase in the prior-year effective tax rate. The decreases from the impacts of the Miramax gain and foreign earnings were partially offset by an increase due to the tax rate benefit in the prior-year related to an impairment charge. The prior-year impairment charge related to assets that had tax basis in excess of the book value resulting in a tax benefit that exceeded the pre-tax impairment charge causing a decrease in the prior-year effective tax rate.

Noncontrolling Interests

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests for the year increased $40 million to $491 million due to improved operating results at ESPN and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort partially offset by lower operating results at Disneyland Paris including the impact of the DLP debt charge. The net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is determined on income after royalties, financing costs and income taxes.

PENSION AND POSTRETIREMENT MEDICAL BENEFIT COSTS

Pension and postretirement medical benefit plan costs affect results in all of our segments, with approximately one-half of these costs being borne by the Parks and Resorts segment. The Company recognized pension and postretirement medical benefit plan expenses of $626 million, $576 million, and $482 million for fiscal years 2012, 2011, and 2010, respectively. The increase in fiscal 2012 was driven by a decrease in the assumed discount rate used to measure the present value of plan

 

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obligations. The assumed discount rate reflects market rates for high-quality corporate bonds currently available and was determined by considering the average of pension yield curves constructed from a large population of high quality corporate bonds. The resulting discount rate reflects the matching of plan liability cash flows to the yield curves.

In fiscal 2013, we expect pension and postretirement medical costs to increase by approximately $66 million to $692 million, including $458 million of recognition of net actuarial losses, driven by a lower assumed discount rate. Pension and postretirement medical costs for fiscal 2012 included $340 million of net actuarial losses. The decrease in the discount rate also resulted in an increase in the underfunded status of our plans to $4.8 billion and an increase in unrecognized pension and postretirement medical expense to $5.1 billion ($3.2 billion after tax) as of September 29, 2012. If our future investment returns do not exceed our long-term expected returns and/or discount rates do not increase, a significant portion of the unrecognized pension and postretirement medical costs will be recognized as a net actuarial loss in our income statement over approximately the next 8 years. See Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further details of the impacts of our pension and postretirement medical plans on our financial statements. During fiscal 2012, the Company contributed $905 million to its pension and postretirement medical plans including discretionary contributions above the minimum requirements for pension plans. The Company currently expects pension and postretirement medical plan contributions in fiscal 2013 to total approximately $425 million to $475 million. Final minimum funding requirements for fiscal 2013 will be determined based on our January 1, 2013 funding actuarial valuation which will be available in late fiscal 2013. See “Item 1A – Risk Factors” for the impact of factors affecting pension and postretirement medical costs.

BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS – 2011 vs. 2010

Media Networks

Operating results for the Media Networks segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended(1)      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)        October 1,    
2011
         October 2,    
2010
    

Revenues

        

Affiliate Fees

     $ 8,837            $ 8,122            9  %   

Advertising

     7,598            7,028            8  %   

Other

     2,279            2,012            13  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     18,714            17,162            9  %   

Operating expenses

     (10,282)           (9,787)           (5) %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (2,633)           (2,459)           (7) %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (237)           (222)           (7) %   

Equity in the income of investees

     584            438            33  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

     $ 6,146            $ 5,132            20  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

(1) 

Certain reclassifications have been made to the numbers presented for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010 to conform to the fiscal 2012 presentation

Revenues

Affiliate Fee growth of 9% was driven by increases of 6% from higher contractual rates, 1% from favorable impacts of foreign currency translation, and 1% from subscriber growth at Cable Networks and an increase of 1% from Broadcasting due to new contractual provisions.

Higher advertising revenues were due to an increase of $471 million at Cable Networks from $3,051 million to $3,522 million and an increase of $99 million at Broadcasting from $3,977 million to $4,076 million. The increase at Cable Networks of 14% was due to higher rates. The increase at Broadcasting reflected increases of 6% due to higher ABC advertising rates, primarily in primetime, and 1% due to higher local television advertising, partially offset by a decrease of 4% due to lower ABC ratings primarily in primetime and daytime.

The increase in other revenues was driven by a change in the transfer pricing arrangement between Studio Entertainment and Media Networks for distribution of Media Networks home entertainment product and higher sales of Disney Channel programming, partially offset by lower sales of ABC Studios’ productions driven by no new seasons of Lost and Ghost Whisperer.

 

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Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses include programming and production costs which increased $211 million from $8,549 million to $8,760 million. At Cable Networks, an increase in programming and production spending of $419 million was driven by higher sports rights costs due to the addition of college football programming including more Bowl Championship Series games some of which shifted from ABC, increased contractual costs for college and professional sports programming and more episodes of original programming at the Disney Channels, partially offset by the absence of programming costs for the FIFA World Cup which was broadcast in fiscal 2010. At Broadcasting, programming and production costs decreased $208 million reflecting lower news and daytime production costs due to cost savings initiatives, a lower cost mix of programming in primetime due to a shift of hours from original scripted programming to reality programming, a shift of college sports programming to ESPN and lower production cost amortization due to a decrease in sales of ABC Studios’ productions. Operating expenses also increased by 2% due to a change in the transfer pricing arrangement for distribution of Media Networks home entertainment product and increased by 1% resulting from headcount growth and labor cost inflation at ESPN.

The increase in selling, general and administrative and other costs and expenses was driven by higher marketing and sales costs, which included an increase due to the change in transfer pricing arrangement for distribution of Media Networks home entertainment product and higher marketing costs at ESPN.

Equity in the Income of Investees

Income from equity investees increased to $584 million in fiscal 2011 from $438 million in fiscal 2010 driven by an increase at AETN primarily due to a $58 million charge for our share of programming write-offs in fiscal 2010 and higher advertising and affiliate revenues in the current year, partially offset by higher marketing costs.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income increased 20%, or $1.0 billion, to $6.1 billion. The increase was primarily due to increases at ESPN, ABC, the worldwide Disney Channels, AETN and the owned television stations.

The following table provides supplemental revenue and operating income detail for the Media Networks segment:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)    October 1,
2011
     October 2,
2010
    

Revenues

        

Cable Networks

     $       12,877             $       11,475             12  %   

Broadcasting

     5,837             5,687             3  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    
     $ 18,714             $ 17,162             9  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Segment operating income

        

Cable Networks

     $ 5,233             $ 4,473             17  %   

Broadcasting

     913             659             39  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    
     $ 6,146             $ 5,132             20  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Parks and Resorts

    Operating results for the Parks and Resorts segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)    October 1,
2011
     October 2,
2010
    

Revenues

        

Domestic

     $       9,302             $       8,404             11  %   

International

     2,495             2,357             6  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     11,797             10,761             10  %   

Operating expenses

     (7,383)            (6,787)            (9) %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (1,696)            (1,517)            (12) %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (1,165)            (1,139)            (2) %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

     $ 1,553             $ 1,318             18  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

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Revenues

Parks and Resorts revenues increased 10%, or $1.0 billion, to $11.8 billion due to an increase of $898 million at our domestic operations and an increase of $138 million at our international operations.

Revenue growth of 11% at our domestic operations reflected a 6% increase driven by higher average guest spending and a 3% increase due to volume driven by higher passenger cruise days as a result of the launch of the Disney Dream, in January 2011, and higher attendance. Higher guest spending was primarily due to higher average ticket prices, daily hotel room rates, and food, beverage, and merchandise spending.

Revenue growth of 6% at our international operations reflected a 4% increase due to higher average guest spending, a 3% increase driven by volume due to higher attendance and hotel occupancy, and a 3% favorable impact of foreign currency translation primarily as a result of the weakening of the U.S. dollar against the euro. These increases were partially offset by a 2% decrease due to the sale of a real estate property at Disneyland Paris in fiscal 2010 and a 1% decrease due to the temporary closure of the Tokyo Disney Resort following the March 2011 earthquake in Japan.

The following table presents supplemental attendance, per capita theme park guest spending, and hotel statistics:

 

     Domestic      International (2)      Total  
     Fiscal Year
2011
     Fiscal Year
2010
     Fiscal Year
2011
     Fiscal Year
2010
     Fiscal Year
2011
     Fiscal Year
2010
 

Parks

                 

Increase/ (decrease)

                 

Attendance

     1 %         (1) %         6 %         1 %         2 %         (1) %   

Per Capita Guest Spending

     8 %         3 %         2 %         2 %         6 %         3 %   

Hotels (1)

                 

Occupancy

     82 %         82 %         88 %         85 %         83 %         82 %   

Available Room Nights (in thousands)

     9,625              9,629             2,466              2,466             12,091             12,095       

Per Room Guest Spending

   $ 241            $ 224           $ 288            $ 273           $ 251           $ 234       

 

(1) 

Per room guest spending consists of the average daily hotel room rate as well as guest spending on food, beverages and merchandise at the hotels. Hotel statistics include rentals of Disney Vacation Club units.

(2) 

Per capita guest spending and per room guest spending exclude the impact of foreign currency translation. The euro to U.S. dollar weighted average foreign currency exchange rate was $1.39 and $1.36 for fiscal 2011 and 2010, respectively.

Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses include operating labor which increased by $262 million from $3,278 million to $3,540 million driven by labor cost inflation and higher pension and postretirement medical expenses. Operating expenses also include cost of sales which increased $88 million from $1,110 million to $1,198 million driven by volume, partially offset by the absence of the costs related to a real estate sale at Disneyland Paris in fiscal 2010. Operating expenses also increased due to launch and operating costs in connection with the Disney Dream, enhancement and expansion costs, including new guest offerings at Disney California Adventure and investments in systems infrastructure, and costs for Aulani, which opened in August 2011. In addition, there was an unfavorable impact of foreign currency translation as a result of the weakening of the U.S. dollar against the euro.

The increase in selling, general, administrative and other costs and expenses was driven by higher marketing costs at our domestic parks and resorts, costs associated with the addition of the Disney Dream and Aulani, our new resort in Hawaii, and labor cost inflation.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income increased 18%, or $235 million, to $1.6 billion due to increases at our domestic parks and resorts and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, partially offset by costs for Aulani and a decrease at Tokyo Disney Resort.

 

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Studio Entertainment

Operating results for the Studio Entertainment segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended(1)      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)    October 1,
2011
     October 2,
2010
    

Revenues

        

Theatrical distribution

     $         1,733             $         2,050             (15)  %   

Home entertainment

     2,435             2,666             (9)  %   

Television distribution and other

     2,183             1,985             10   %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     6,351             6,701             (5)  %   

Operating expenses

     (3,253)            (3,548)            8   %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (2,348)            (2,371)            1   %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (132)            (89)            (48)  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

     $           618             $           693             (11)  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

(1) 

Certain reclassifications have been made to the numbers presented for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010 to conform to the fiscal 2012 presentation

Revenues

The decrease in theatrical distribution revenue reflected the success of Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland and Iron Man 2 in fiscal 2010 compared to the performance of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Cars 2, Thor and Captain America in fiscal 2011.

Lower home entertainment revenue reflected an 11% decrease due to the change in the transfer pricing arrangement for Studio distribution of Media Networks home entertainment product, partially offset by a 1% increase due to higher net effective pricing internationally which benefitted from a higher Blu-ray sales mix. Net effective pricing is the wholesale selling price adjusted for discounts, sales incentives and returns.

The increase in television distribution and other revenues reflected 5% growth due to the inclusion of Marvel which was acquired at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and a 4% increase due to higher revenue share from the Consumer Products segment resulting from the strength of Cars merchandise.

Cost and Expenses

Operating expenses included a decrease of $257 million in film cost amortization, from $2,142 million to $1,885 million, driven by lower film cost write-downs. Operating expenses also include cost of sales and distribution expenses which decreased $38 million from $1,406 million to $1,368 million driven by the change in the transfer pricing arrangement between Studio Entertainment and Media Networks for distribution of Media Networks home entertainment product.

Selling, general, administrative and other costs were essentially flat as higher marketing for Marvel titles and an increase in technology infrastructure spending were largely offset by lower theatrical pre-release marketing expense and the change in the transfer pricing arrangement with Media Networks for home entertainment product.

The increase in depreciation and amortization was driven by higher amortization of intangible assets related to certain Marvel film properties.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income decreased 11%, or $75 million, to $618 million primarily due to lower results at our theatrical and home entertainment businesses and higher technology infrastructure spending, partially offset by lower film cost write-downs and a higher revenue share with the Consumer Products segment.

 

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Consumer Products

Operating results for the Consumer Products segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended      % Change
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)    October 1,
2011
     October 2,
2010
    

Revenues

        

Licensing and publishing

     $         1,933           $          1,725           12   %   

Retail and other

     1,116           953           17   %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     3,049           2,678           14   %   

Operating expenses

     (1,334)          (1,236)          (8)  %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (794)          (687)          (16)  %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (105)          (78)          (35)  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Income

     $            816           $            677           21   %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Revenues

The increase in licensing and publishing revenue reflected a 6% increase driven by the strong performance of Cars, Tangled and Toy Story merchandise and a 8% increase due to higher revenue from Marvel properties. Higher revenues from Marvel properties reflected the impact of acquisition accounting which reduced revenue recognition in fiscal 2010 as well as a full year of operations as Marvel was acquired at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2010. These increases were partially offset by a 5% decrease due to a higher revenue share to the Studio Entertainment segment resulting from the strength of Cars merchandise.

The increase in retail and other revenues was primarily due to a 9% increase from higher revenues at the Disney Store in North America and Europe driven by higher comparable store sales and a 6% increase resulting from the acquisition of The Disney Store Japan, which was acquired at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2010.

Licensing and publishing and retail and other revenues also increased by 2% and 3%, respectively, due to the benefit from a favorable impact from foreign currency translation as a result of the weakening of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies, primarily the euro.

Costs and Expenses

Operating expenses included an increase of $57 million in cost of goods sold, from $521 million to $578 million, driven by the acquisitions of The Disney Store Japan and Marvel. Operating expenses also included a 2% increase due to higher occupancy costs driven by an increase at our retail business reflecting the acquisition of The Disney Store Japan and a 1% increase due to an unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation as a result of the weakening of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies, primarily the euro.

The increase in selling, general, administrative and other costs was driven by an unfavorable impact from foreign currency translation as a result of the weakening of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies, primarily the euro, the inclusion of a full year of operations for Marvel and various promotional initiatives across multiple businesses.

The increase in depreciation and amortization was due to a full year of amortization of intangible assets for Marvel and an increase at the Disney Stores due to new stores and remodels.

Segment Operating Income

Segment operating income increased 21%, or $139 million, to $816 million primarily due to increases in our Merchandise Licensing and North American retail businesses.

 

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Interactive

Operating results for the Interactive segment are as follows:

 

     Year Ended(1)        % Change  
Better /
(Worse)
 
(in millions)        October 1,    
2011
         October 2,    
2010
    

Revenues

        

Game sales and subscriptions

     $ 768           $ 563           36   %   

Advertising and other

     214           198           8   %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Total revenues

     982           761           29   %   

Operating expenses

     (675)          (554)          (22)  %   

Selling, general, administrative and other

     (561)          (398)          (41)  %   

Depreciation and amortization

     (54)          (43)          (26)  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Operating Loss

     $ (308)          $ (234)          (32)  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

(1) 

Certain reclassifications have been made to the numbers presented for fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010 to conform to the fiscal 2012 presentation

Revenues

Game sales and subscriptions revenue growth reflected a 12% increase due to higher console game unit sales and a 10% increase due to higher net effective pricing of console games, reflecting the strong performance of Epic Mickey and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and a shift in sales from catalog titles to new releases. Additionally, the inclusion of Playdom for a full year compared to one month in fiscal 2010 resulted in a 10% increase in game sales and subscription revenues.

Higher advertising and other revenue was driven by our mobile phone service in Japan.

Costs and Expenses

Operating expense included a $44 million increase in product development expense from $308 million to $352 million primarily due to the inclusion of Playdom for a full year. Operating expenses also included a 14% increase due to higher cost of sales driven by fees paid to the developer of Lego Pirates of the Caribbean and higher console game unit sales.

The increase in selling, general, administrative and other costs was primarily due to the inclusion of Playdom for a full year, including the impact of acquisition accounting.

Segment Operating Loss

Segment operating loss was $308 million compared to $234 million in fiscal 2010 as an improvement at our console game business was more than offset by the inclusion of Playdom for a full year, including the impact of acquisition accounting.

NON-SEGMENT ITEMS – 2011 vs. 2010

Corporate and Unallocated Shared Expenses

Corporate and unallocated shared expenses increased 9%, from $420 million to $459 million, primarily due to the timing of expenses and compensation related costs.

Net Interest Expense

Net interest expense is detailed below:

 

(in millions)

   2011      2010      % Change
 Better/(Worse) 
 

Interest expense

     $     (435)           $     (456)           5  %   

Interest and investment income

     92            47            96  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

Net interest expense

     $ (343)           $ (409)           16  %   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

The decrease in interest expense for fiscal 2011 reflected lower effective interest rates.

The increase in interest and investment income for fiscal 2011 was driven by gains on sales of investments.

 

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Effective Income Tax Rate

 

     2011      2010      Change
 Better/(Worse) 
 

Effective income tax rate

         34.6%             34.9%         0.3  ppt   

The effective tax rate decreased 0.3 percentage points for the year as a prior year charge related to health care reform legislation and a current year benefit from an increase in the domestic production deduction rate were largely offset by a decrease in favorable resolutions of prior-year tax matters. During fiscal 2010, the Company recorded a $72 million charge related to the enactment of health care reform legislation in March 2010. Under this legislation the Company’s deductions for retiree prescription drug benefits will generally be reduced by the amount of Medicare Part D drug subsidies received beginning in fiscal year 2014. Under applicable accounting rules, the Company was required to reduce its existing deferred tax asset, which was established for the future deductibility of retiree prescription drug benefit costs, to reflect the lost deductions. The reduction was recorded as a charge to earnings in the period the legislation was enacted.

Noncontrolling Interests

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests for the year increased $101 million to $451 million due to improved operating results at ESPN and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is determined on income after royalties, financing costs and income taxes.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The change in cash and cash equivalents is as follows:

 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      2010  

Cash provided by operations

   $ 7,966          $ 6,994          $ 6,578      

Cash used by investing activities

     (4,759)           (3,286)           (4,523)     

Cash used by financing activities

         (2,985)               (3,233)               (2,663)     

Impact of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

     (20)           (12)           (87)     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

   $ 202          $ 463         $ (695)      
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating Activities

Cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2012 increased 14% or $1.0 billion to $8.0 billion as compared to fiscal 2011. The increase was primarily due to higher net operating cash receipts driven by higher revenues at our Parks and Resorts, Media Networks and Consumer Products businesses and lower operating cash payments at Studio Entertainment driven by lower cost of goods sold and distribution costs. These cash flow increases were partially offset by higher operating cash payments at Parks and Resorts, lower revenues at Studio Entertainment and higher interest and income tax payments. The increase in cash payments at Parks and Resorts was driven by labor cost inflation and costs for resort expansion and new guest offerings. The increase in interest payments was primarily due to the payment of previously accrued interest on Disneyland Paris borrowings.

Cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2011 increased 6% or $416 million to $7.0 billion as compared to fiscal 2010. The increase was primarily due to higher operating cash receipts driven by higher revenues at our Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Consumer Products and Interactive businesses, partially offset by lower revenues at our Studio Entertainment business. These increases were partially offset by higher cash payments at Corporate and at our Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Interactive, and Consumer Products businesses, partially offset by a decrease in cash payments at our Studio Entertainment business. The increase in cash payments at Corporate was driven by higher contributions to our pension plans, while the increase at Media Networks was primarily due to higher investment in television programming and production. The increase in cash payments at Parks and Resorts was driven by labor cost inflation, higher promotional and operating costs from the January 2011 launch of our new cruise ship, the Disney Dream, and higher marketing and sales expenses and expansion costs for Disney California Adventure at Disneyland Resort. The increase in cash payments at Interactive reflects the inclusion of Playdom, while the increase in cash payments at Consumer Products was primarily due to the acquisitions of The Disney Store Japan and Marvel. The decrease in cash payments at Studio Entertainment was driven by lower film production spending.

 

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Depreciation expense is as follows:

 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      2010  

Media Networks

        

Cable Networks

     $ 141           $ 134           $ 118     

Broadcasting

     100           95           95     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Media Networks

     241           229           213     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Parks and Resorts

        

Domestic

     927           842           807     

International

     314           323           332     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Parks and Resorts

     1,241           1,165           1,139     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Studio Entertainment

     48           53           56     

Consumer Products

     55           48           33     

Interactive

     17           16           19     

Corporate

     182           148           142     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total depreciation expense

     $     1,784           $     1,659           $     1,602     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets is as follows:

 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      2010  

Media Networks

     $ 17           $ 8           $ 9     

Parks and Resorts

     –           –           –     

Studio Entertainment

     94           79           33     

Consumer Products

     60           57           45     

Interactive

     32           38           24     

Corporate

     –           –           –     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total amortization of intangible assets

     $        203           $        182           $        111     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The Company’s Studio Entertainment and Media Networks segments incur costs to acquire and produce television and feature film programming. Film and television production costs include all internally produced content such as live-action and animated feature films, animated direct-to-video programming, television series, television specials, theatrical stage plays or other similar product. Programming costs include film or television product licensed for a specific period from third parties for airing on the Company’s broadcast, cable networks, and television stations. Programming assets are generally recorded when the programming becomes available to us with a corresponding increase in programming liabilities. Accordingly, we analyze our programming assets net of the related liability.

 

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The Company’s film and television production and programming activity for fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010 are as follows:

 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      2010  

Beginning balances:

        

Production and programming assets

   $     5,031        $     5,451        $     5,756    

Programming liabilities

     (866)         (990)         (1,193)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     4,165          4,461          4,563    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Spending:

        

Film and television production

     3,385          3,184          3,370    

Broadcast programming

     4,763          4,588          4,316    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     8,148          7,772          7,686    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amortization:

        

Film and television production

     (3,330)         (3,521)         (3,593)   

Broadcast programming

     (4,766)         (4,583)         (4,331)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
     (8,096)         (8,104)         (7,924)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Change in film and television production and
programming costs

     52          (332)         (238)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Other non-cash activity

     188          36          136    

Ending balances:

        

Production and programming assets

     5,217          5,031          5,451    

Programming liabilities

     (812)         (866)         (990)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $     4,405        $     4,165        $     4,461    
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Investing Activities

Investing activities consist principally of investments in parks, resorts, and other property and acquisition and divestiture activity. The Company’s investments in parks, resorts and other property for fiscal years 2012, 2011, and 2010 are as follows:

 

(in millions)

   2012      2011      2010  

Media Networks

        

Cable Networks

   $ 170         $ 179         $ 132     

Broadcasting

     85           128           92     

Parks and Resorts

        

Domestic

     2,242           2,294           1,295     

International

     641           429           238     

Studio Entertainment

     79           118           102     

Consumer Products

     69           115           97     

Interactive

     27           21           17     

Corporate

     471           275           137     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 
   $     3,784         $     3,559         $     2,110     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Capital expenditures for the Parks and Resorts segment are principally for theme park and resort expansion, new rides and attractions, cruise ships, recurring capital and capital improvements, and systems infrastructure. The increase in capital expenditures at domestic and international parks and resorts in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011 was driven by resort expansion and new guest offerings at Walt Disney World Resort and construction costs at Shanghai Disney Resort, partially offset by reduced expenditures at Disneyland Resort. The increase in capital expenditures at domestic and international parks and resorts in fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2010 reflected the final payment on our new cruise ship, the Disney Dream, theme park and resort expansions and new guest offerings at Walt Disney World Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and the development of Shanghai Disney Resort.

 

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Capital expenditures at Media Networks primarily reflect investments in facilities and equipment for expanding and upgrading broadcast centers, production facilities, and television station facilities.

Capital expenditures at Corporate primarily reflect investments in corporate facilities and information technology infrastructure. The increases in fiscal 2012 and 2011 were driven by investments in corporate facilities and information technology infrastructure.

Other Investing Activities

During fiscal 2012, acquisitions totaled $1.0 billion primarily due to the acquisition of an incremental 43% interest in UTV and a 49% interest in Seven TV network in Russia. We also made a $300 million equity contribution to AETN.

During fiscal 2011, we received proceeds from dispositions of $564 million primarily from the sale of Miramax and invested $184 million for acquisitions which included additional payments related to the acquisition of Playdom, Inc. (See Note 3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements).

During fiscal 2010, cash used for acquisitions totaled $2.5 billion and included the acquisitions of Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and Playdom, Inc., and we received net proceeds totaling $170 million from the sale of our investments in two television services in Europe and the sale of the rights and assets related to the Power Rangers property.

Financing Activities

Cash used by financing activities in fiscal 2012 was $3.0 billion compared to $3.2 billion in fiscal 2011. The net use of cash in the current year was driven by repurchases of common stock and dividend payments totaling $4.1 billion, partially offset by proceeds from exercises of stock options of $1.0 billion and net borrowings of $0.4 billion. The decrease in cash used by financing activities of $0.2 billion compared to the prior year was primarily due to a decrease of $1.7 billion in repurchases of common stock and dividend payments, partially offset by $1.2 billion less net borrowings and $0.1 billion lower proceeds from stock options.

Cash used by financing activities in fiscal 2011 was $3.2 billion compared to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2010. The net use of cash in fiscal 2011 was driven by repurchases of common stock and dividend payments totaling $5.7 billion, partially offset by net borrowings of $1.6 billion and proceeds from exercises of stock options of $1.1 billion. The increase in cash used by financing activities of $0.6 billion compared to fiscal 2010 was primarily due to an increase of $2.4 billion in repurchases of common stock and dividend payments, partially offset by $1.8 billion more net borrowings.

During the year ended September 29, 2012, the Company’s borrowing activity was as follows:

 

  (in millions)

   October 1,
2011
     Additions      Payments      Other
Activity
     September 29,
2012
 

  Commercial paper borrowings

     $     1,583           $ 467           $ –             $ –             $ 2,050     

  U.S. medium-term notes

     8,400           2,977           (1,268)           8             10,117     

  European medium-term notes and other foreign currency denominated borrowings (1)

     1,111           800           (842)           246             1,315     

  Other

     572           2           (82)           70             562     

  Disneyland Paris borrowings (2)

     1,981           –           (1,897)           (84)           –     

  Hong Kong Disneyland borrowings (3)

     330           –           –             (63)           267     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

  Total

     $ 13,977           $   4,246           $   (4,089)           $   177             $   14,311     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) 

The other activity is primarily borrowings assumed in the acquisition of UTV.

(2) 

The other activity is primarily the impact of foreign currency translation as a result of the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the euro.

(3) 

The other activity is primarily due to the conversion of a portion of the HKSAR’s loan to equity pursuant to the capital realignment and expansion plan (See Note 6 to the Consolidated Financial Statements).

 

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The Company’s bank facilities are as follows:

 

(in millions)

   Committed
Capacity
     Capacity
Used
     Unused
Capacity
 

Bank facilities expiring February 2015

   $ 2,250         $ –         $         2,250     

Bank facilities expiring February 2017

     2,250           –           2,250     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 4,500         $ –         $ 4,500     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

In June 2012, the Company entered into a new five-year $2.25 billion bank facility with a syndicate of lenders which expires 2017. This facility replaced an existing three-year $2.25 billion facility which was scheduled to expire in 2013, and in combination with the existing $2.25 billion facility that matures in 2015, is used to support commercial paper borrowings. These bank facilities allow for borrowings at LIBOR-based rates plus a spread, which depends on the Company’s public debt rating and can range from 0.26% to 1.93%. The Company also has the ability to issue up to $800 million of letters of credit under the facility expiring in February 2015, which if utilized, reduces available borrowings under this facility. As of September 29, 2012, $258 million of letters of credit had been issued of which none were issued under this facility.

The Company may use commercial paper borrowings up to the amount of its unused bank facilities, in conjunction with term debt issuance and operating cash flow, to retire or refinance other borrowings before or as they come due.

The Company paid a $0.60 per share dividend ($1.1 billion) during the second quarter of fiscal 2012 related to fiscal 2011. The Company paid a $0.40 per share dividend ($756 million) during the second quarter of fiscal 2011 related to fiscal 2010, and paid a $0.35 per share dividend ($653 million) during the second quarter of fiscal 2010 related to fiscal 2009. As of the filing date of this report, the Board of Directors had not yet declared a dividend related to fiscal 2012.

During fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 72 million shares of Disney common stock for $3.0 billion. During fiscal 2011, the Company repurchased 135 million shares of Disney common stock for $5.0 billion. During fiscal 2010, the Company repurchased 80 million shares of Disney common stock for $2.7 billion. As of September 29, 2012, the Company had remaining authorization in place to repurchase 232 million additional shares.

We believe that the Company’s financial condition is strong and that its cash balances, other liquid assets, operating cash flows, access to debt and equity capital markets and borrowing capacity, taken together, provide adequate resources to fund ongoing operating requirements and future capital expenditures related to the expansion of existing businesses and development of new projects. However, the Company’s operating cash flow and access to the capital markets can be impacted by macroeconomic factors outside of its control. See “Item 1A – Risk Factors”. In addition to macroeconomic factors, the Company’s borrowing costs can be impacted by short- and long-term debt ratings assigned by independent rating agencies, which are based, in significant part, on the Company’s performance as measured by certain credit metrics such as interest coverage and leverage ratios. As of September 29, 2012, Moody’s Investors Service’s long- and short-term debt ratings for the Company were A2 and P-1, respectively, with stable outlook; Standard & Poor’s long- and short-term debt ratings for the Company were A and A-1, respectively, with stable outlook; and Fitch’s long- and short-term debt ratings for the Company were A and F-1, respectively, with stable outlook. The Company’s bank facilities contain only one financial covenant, relating to interest coverage, which the Company met on September 29, 2012, by a significant margin. The Company’s bank facilities also specifically exclude certain entities, such as Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort, from any representations, covenants or events of default.

In September 2012, the Company provided €1.3 billion of financing to ED which ED used to repay its outstanding third-party bank debt. The repayment eliminated certain financial and operating covenants, notably those related to capital expenditure limitations and the payment of royalties and management fees due to the Company. There was no net increase in consolidated borrowings for the Company as a result of the refinancing.

CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS, COMMITMENTS AND OFF BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

The Company has various contractual obligations which are recorded as liabilities in our consolidated financial statements. Other items, such as certain purchase commitments and other executory contracts are not recognized as liabilities in our consolidated financial statements but are required to be disclosed in the footnotes to the financial statements. For example, the Company is contractually committed to acquire broadcast programming and make certain minimum lease payments for the use of property under operating lease agreements.

 

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The following table summarizes our significant contractual obligations and commitments on an undiscounted basis at September 29, 2012 and the future periods in which such obligations are expected to be settled in cash. In addition, the table reflects the timing of principal and interest payments on outstanding borrowings. Additional details regarding these obligations are provided in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, as referenced in the table:

 

     Payments Due by Period  

(in millions)

   Total      Less than
1 Year
     1-3
Years
     4-5
Years
     More than
5 Years
 

Borrowings (Note 8) (1)

     $   18,586           $   4,025           $   3,376           $   3,787         $   7,398     

Operating lease commitments (Note 14)

     2,323           471           673           388           791     

Capital lease obligations (Note 14)

     760           61           114           56           529     

Sports programming commitments (Note 14)

     40,664           3,708           8,805           7,618           20,533     

Broadcast programming commitments (Note 14)

     2,116           1,090           544           402           80     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total sports and other broadcast programming commitments

     42,780           4,798           9,349           8,020           20,613     

Other(2)

     4,615           2,168           1,129           351           967     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total contractual obligations (3)

     $ 69,064           $   11,523           $   14,641           $   12,602           $   30,298     
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) 

Amounts exclude market value adjustments totaling $296 million, which are recorded in the balance sheet. Amounts include interest payments based on contractual terms for fixed rate debt, and on current interest rates for variable rate debt.

 

(2) 

Other commitments primarily comprise contractual commitments for creative talent and employment agreements and unrecognized tax benefits. Creative talent and employment agreements include obligations to actors, producers, sports, television and radio personalities and executives.

 

(3) 

Contractual commitments include the following:

 

Liabilities recorded on the balance sheet

   $   15,968     

Commitments not recorded on the balance sheet

     53,096     
  

 

 

 
   $   69,064     
  

 

 

 

The Company also has obligations with respect to its pension and postretirement medical benefit plans. See Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Contingent Commitments and Contractual Guarantees

The Company has certain contractual arrangements that would require the Company to make payments or provide funding if certain circumstances occur. The Company does not currently expect that these arrangements will result in any significant amounts being paid by the Company. See Note 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding the Company’s contingent commitments and contractual guarantees.

Legal and Tax Matters

As disclosed in Notes 9 and 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company has exposure for certain legal and tax matters.

ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

We believe that the application of the following accounting policies, which are important to our financial position and results of operations, require significant judgments and estimates on the part of management. For a summary of our significant accounting policies, including the accounting policies discussed below, see Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Film and Television Revenues and Costs

We expense film and television production, participation and residual costs over the applicable product life cycle based upon the ratio of the current period’s revenues to the estimated remaining total revenues (Ultimate Revenues) for each production. If our estimate of Ultimate Revenues decreases, amortization of film and television costs may be accelerated. Conversely, if our estimates of Ultimate Revenues increase, film and television cost amortization may be slowed. For film productions, Ultimate Revenues include revenues from all sources that will be earned within ten years from the date of the initial theatrical release. For television series, Ultimate Revenues include revenues that will be earned within ten years from delivery of the first episode, or if still in production, five years from delivery of the most recent episode, if later.

 

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With respect to films intended for theatrical release, the most sensitive factor affecting our estimate of Ultimate Revenues (and therefore affecting future film cost amortization and/or impairment) is domestic theatrical performance. Revenues derived from other markets subsequent to the domestic theatrical release (e.g., the home entertainment or international theatrical markets) have historically been highly correlated with domestic theatrical performance. Domestic theatrical performance varies primarily based upon the public interest and demand for a particular film, the popularity of competing films at the time of release and the level of marketing effort. Upon a film’s release and determination of domestic theatrical performance, the Company’s estimates of revenues from succeeding windows and markets are revised based on historical relationships and an analysis of current market trends. The most sensitive factor affecting our estimate of Ultimate Revenues for released films is the extent of home entertainment sales achieved. Home entertainment sales vary based on the number and quality of competing home video products, as well as the manner in which retailers market and price our products.

With respect to television series or other television productions intended for broadcast, the most sensitive factor affecting estimates of Ultimate Revenues is the program’s rating and the strength of the advertising market. Program ratings, which are an indication of market acceptance, directly affect the Company’s ability to generate advertising revenues during the airing of the program. In addition, television series with greater market acceptance are more likely to generate incremental revenues through the eventual sale of the program rights in the syndication, international and home entertainment markets. Alternatively, poor ratings may result in a television series cancellation, which would require the immediate write-off of any unamortized production costs. A significant decline in the advertising market would also negatively impact our estimates.

We expense the cost of television broadcast rights for acquired movies, series and other programs based on the number of times the program is expected to be aired or on a straight-line basis over the useful life, as appropriate. Amortization of those television programming assets being amortized on a number of airings basis may be accelerated if we reduce the estimated future airings and slowed if we increase the estimated future airings. The number of future airings of a particular program is impacted primarily by the program’s ratings in previous airings, expected advertising rates and availability and quality of alternative programming. Accordingly, planned usage is reviewed periodically and revised if necessary. We amortize rights costs for multi-year sports programming arrangements during the applicable seasons based on the estimated relative value of each year in the arrangement. The estimated values of each year are based on our projection of revenues over the contract period which include advertising revenue and an allocation of affiliate revenue. If the annual contractual payments related to each season approximate each season’s relative value, we expense the related contractual payment during the applicable season. If planned usage patterns or estimated relative values by year were to change significantly, amortization of our sports rights costs may be accelerated or slowed.

Costs of film and television productions are subject to regular recoverability assessments which compare the estimated fair values with the unamortized costs. The net realizable values of television broadcast program licenses and rights are reviewed using a daypart methodology. A daypart is defined as an aggregation of programs broadcast during a particular time of day or programs of a similar type. The Company’s dayparts are: primetime, daytime, late night, news, and sports (includes network and cable). The net realizable values of other cable programming assets are reviewed on an aggregated basis for each cable channel. Individual programs are written-off when there are no plans to air or sublicense the program. Estimated values are based upon assumptions about future demand and market conditions. If actual demand or market conditions are less favorable than our projections, film, television and programming cost write-downs may be required.

Revenue Recognition

The Company has revenue recognition policies for its various operating segments that are appropriate to the circumstances of each business. See Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for a summary of these revenue recognition policies.

We reduce home entertainment and software product revenues for estimated future returns of merchandise and for customer programs and sales incentives. These estimates are based upon historical return experience, current economic trends and projections of customer demand for and acceptance of our products. If we underestimate the level of returns and concessions in a particular period, we may record less revenue in later periods when returns exceed the estimated amount. Conversely, if we overestimate the level of returns and concessions for a period, we may have additional revenue in later periods when returns and concessions are less than estimated.

We recognize revenues from advance theme park ticket sales when the tickets are used. For non-expiring, multi-day tickets, revenues are recognized over a five-year time period based on estimated usage, which is derived from historical usage patterns. If actual usage is different than our estimated usage, revenues may not be recognized in the periods the related services are rendered. In addition, a change in usage patterns would impact the timing of revenue recognition.

 

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Pension and Postretirement Medical Plan Actuarial Assumptions

The Company’s pension and postretirement medical benefit obligations and related costs are calculated using a number of actuarial assumptions. Two critical assumptions, the discount rate and the expected return on plan assets, are important elements of expense and/or liability measurement which we evaluate annually. Other assumptions include the healthcare cost trend rate and employee demographic factors such as retirement patterns, mortality, turnover and rate of compensation increase.

The discount rate enables us to state expected future cash payments for benefits as a present value on the measurement date. A lower discount rate increases the present value of benefit obligations and increases pension expense. The guideline for setting this rate is a high-quality long-term corporate bond rate. We decreased our discount rate to 3.85% at the end of fiscal 2012 from 4.75% at the end of fiscal 2011 to reflect market interest rate conditions at our September 29, 2012 measurement date. This decrease in the discount rate will affect net periodic pension and postretirement medical expense (benefit expense) in fiscal 2013. The assumed discount rate reflects market rates for high-quality corporate bonds currently available. The Company’s discount rate was determined by considering the average of pension yield curves constructed of a large population of high quality corporate bonds. The resulting discount rate reflects the matching of plan liability cash flows to the yield curves. A one percentage point decrease in the assumed discount rate would increase total benefit expense for fiscal 2013 by $265 million and would increase the projected benefit obligation at September 29, 2012 by $2.3 billion, respectively. A one percentage point increase in the assumed discount rate would decrease total benefit expense and the projected benefit obligation by $226 million and $2.0 billion, respectively.

To determine the expected long-term rate of return on the plan assets, we consider the current and expected asset allocation, as well as historical and expected returns on each plan asset class. A lower expected rate of return on pension plan assets will increase pension expense. Our long-term expected return on plan assets was 7.75% for both of the 2012 and 2011 actuarial valuations. A one percentage point change in the long-term asset return assumption would impact fiscal 2013 annual benefit expense by approximately $82 million.

See Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on our pension and postretirement medical plans.

Goodwill, Intangible Assets, Long-Lived Assets and Investments

The Company is required to test goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment on an annual basis and if current events or circumstances require, on an interim basis. Goodwill is allocated to various reporting units, which are generally an operating segment or one level below the operating segment. The Company compares the fair value of each reporting unit to its carrying amount to determine if there is potential goodwill impairment. If the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying value, an impairment loss is recorded to the extent that the fair value of the goodwill within the reporting unit is less than the carrying value of the goodwill.

To determine the fair value of our reporting units, we generally use a present value technique (discounted cash flow) corroborated by market multiples when available and as appropriate. We apply what we believe to be the most appropriate valuation methodology for each of our reporting units. The discounted cash flow analyses are sensitive to our estimates of future revenue growth and margins for these businesses. We include in the projected cash flows an estimate of the revenue we believe the reporting unit would receive if the intellectual property developed by the reporting unit that is being used by other reporting units was licensed to an unrelated third-party at its fair market value. These amounts are not necessarily the same as those included in segment operating results. We believe our estimates of fair value are consistent with how a marketplace participant would value our reporting units.

In times of adverse economic conditions in the global economy, the Company’s long-term cash flow projections are subject to a greater degree of uncertainty than usual. If we had established different reporting units or utilized different valuation methodologies or assumptions, the impairment test results could differ, and we could be required to record impairment charges.

The Company is required to compare the fair values of other indefinite-lived intangible assets to their carrying amounts. If the carrying amount of an indefinite-lived intangible asset exceeds its fair value, an impairment loss is recognized. Fair values of other indefinite-lived intangible assets are determined based on discounted cash flows or appraised values, as appropriate.

The Company tests long-lived assets, including amortizable intangible assets, for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances (triggering events) indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. Once a triggering event has occurred, the impairment test employed is based on whether the intent is to hold the asset for continued use or to hold the asset for sale. The impairment test for assets held for use requires a comparison of cash flows expected to be generated over

 

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the useful life of an asset group against the carrying value of the asset group. An asset group is established by identifying the lowest level of cash flows generated by the group of assets that are largely independent of the cash flows of other assets and could include assets used across multiple businesses or segments. If the carrying value of the asset group exceeds the estimated undiscounted future cash flows, an impairment would be measured as the difference between the fair value of the group’s long-lived assets and the carrying value of the group’s long-lived assets. The impairment is allocated to the long-lived assets of the group on a pro rata basis using the relative carrying amounts, but only to the extent the carrying value of each asset is above its fair value. For assets held for sale, to the extent the carrying value is greater than the asset’s fair value less costs to sell, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference. Determining whether a long-lived asset is impaired requires various estimates and assumptions, including whether a triggering event has occurred, the identification of the asset groups, estimates of future cash flows and the discount rate used to determine fair values. If we had established different asset groups or utilized different valuation methodologies or assumptions, the impairment test results could differ, and we could be required to record impairment charges.

The Company has cost and equity investments. The fair value of these investments is dependent on the performance of the investee companies, as well as volatility inherent in the external markets for these investments. In assessing potential impairment of these investments, we consider these factors, as well as the forecasted financial performance of the investees and market values, where available. If these forecasts are not met or market values indicate an other-than-temporary decline in value, impairment charges may be required.

During fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010, the Company tested its goodwill and other intangible assets, investments and long-lived assets for impairment, and the impairment charges recorded were not material.

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

We evaluate our allowance for doubtful accounts and estimate collectability of accounts receivable based on our analysis of historical bad debt experience in conjunction with our assessment of the financial condition of individual companies with which we do business. In times of domestic or global economic turmoil, our estimates and judgments with respect to the collectability of our receivables are subject to greater uncertainty than in more stable periods. If our estimate of uncollectible accounts is too low, costs and expenses may increase in future periods, and if it is too high, cost and expenses may decrease in future periods.

Contingencies and Litigation

We are currently involved in certain legal proceedings and, as required, have accrued estimates of the probable and estimable losses for the resolution of these claims. These estimates have been developed in consultation with outside counsel and are based upon an analysis of potential results, assuming a combination of litigation and settlement strategies. It is possible, however, that future results of operations for any particular quarterly or annual period could be materially affected by changes in our assumptions or the effectiveness of our strategies related to these proceedings. See Note 14 to the Consolidated Financial Statements for more detailed information on litigation exposure.

Income Tax Audits

As a matter of course, the Company is regularly audited by federal, state and foreign tax authorities. From time to time, these audits result in proposed assessments. Our determinations regarding the recognition of income tax benefits are made in consultation with outside tax and legal counsel where appropriate and are based upon the technical merits of our tax positions in consideration of applicable tax statutes and related interpretations and precedents and upon the expected outcome of proceedings (or negotiations) with taxing and legal authorities. The tax benefits ultimately realized by the Company may differ from those recognized in our future financial statements based on a number of factors, including the Company’s decision to settle rather than litigate a matter, relevant legal precedent related to similar matters and the Company’s success in supporting its filing positions with taxing authorities.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company. We may from time to time make written or oral statements that are “forward-looking,” including statements contained in this report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and in reports to our shareholders. Such statements may, for example, express expectations or projections about future actions that we may take, including restructuring or strategic initiatives, or about developments beyond our control including changes in domestic or global economic conditions. These statements are made on the basis of management’s views and assumptions as of the time the statements are made and we undertake no obligation to update these statements. There can be no assurance, however, that our expectations will necessarily come to pass. Significant factors affecting these expectations are set forth under Item 1A – Risk Factors of this Report on Form 10-K.

 

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ITEM 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The Company is exposed to the impact of interest rate changes, foreign currency fluctuations, commodity fluctuations and changes in the market values of its investments.

Policies and Procedures

In the normal course of business, we employ established policies and procedures to manage the Company’s exposure to changes in interest rates, foreign currencies, commodities, and the fair market value of certain investments in debt and equity securities using a variety of financial instruments.

Our objectives in managing exposure to interest rate changes are to limit the impact of interest rate volatility on earnings and cash flows and to lower overall borrowing costs. To achieve these objectives, we primarily use interest rate swaps to manage net exposure to interest rate changes related to the Company’s portfolio of borrowings. By policy, the Company targets fixed-rate debt as a percentage of its net debt between minimum and maximum percentages.

Our objective in managing exposure to foreign currency fluctuations is to reduce volatility of earnings and cash flow in order to allow management to focus on core business issues and challenges. Accordingly, the Company enters into various contracts that change in value as foreign exchange rates change to protect the U.S. dollar equivalent value of its existing foreign currency assets, liabilities, commitments, and forecasted foreign currency revenues and expenses. The Company utilizes option strategies and forward contracts that provide for the purchase or sale of foreign currencies to hedge probable, but not firmly committed, transactions. The Company also uses forward and option contracts to hedge foreign currency assets and liabilities. The principal foreign currencies hedged are the euro, British pound, Japanese yen, and Canadian dollar. Cross-currency swaps are used to effectively convert foreign currency denominated borrowings to U.S. dollar denominated borrowings. By policy, the Company maintains hedge coverage between minimum and maximum percentages of its forecasted foreign exchange exposures generally for periods not to exceed four years. The gains and losses on these contracts offset changes in the U.S. dollar equivalent value of the related exposures. The economic or political conditions in a country could reduce our ability to hedge exposure to currency fluctuations in the country or our ability to repatriate revenue from the country.

Our objectives in managing exposure to commodity fluctuations are to use commodity derivatives to reduce volatility of earnings and cash flows arising from commodity price changes. The amounts hedged using commodity swap contracts are based on forecasted levels of consumption of certain commodities, such as fuel oil and gasoline.

It is the Company’s policy to enter into foreign currency and interest rate derivative transactions and other financial instruments only to the extent considered necessary to meet its objectives as stated above. The Company does not enter into these transactions or any other hedging transactions for speculative purposes.

Value at Risk (VAR)

The Company utilizes a VAR model to estimate the maximum potential one-day loss in the fair value of its interest rate, foreign exchange, and market sensitive equity financial instruments. The VAR model estimates were made assuming normal market conditions and a 95% confidence level. Various modeling techniques can be used in a VAR computation. The Company’s computations are based on the interrelationships between movements in various interest rates, currencies, and equity prices (a variance/co-variance technique). These interrelationships were determined by observing interest rate, foreign currency, and equity market changes over the preceding quarter for the calculation of VAR amounts at fiscal year end. The model includes all of the Company’s debt as well as all interest rate and foreign exchange derivative contracts and market sensitive equity investments. Forecasted transactions, firm commitments, and receivables and accounts payable denominated in foreign currencies, which certain of these instruments are intended to hedge, were excluded from the model.

The VAR model is a risk analysis tool and does not purport to represent actual losses in fair value that will be incurred by the Company, nor does it consider the potential effect of favorable changes in market factors.

VAR on a combined basis increased to $79 million at September 29, 2012 from $58 million at October 1, 2011. The increase in VAR primarily reflected an increase in foreign exchange exposures and greater sensitivity to interest rates in our fixed rate debt portfolio.

 

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The estimated maximum potential one-day loss in fair value, calculated using the VAR model, is as follows (unaudited, in millions):

 

Fiscal Year 2012

   Interest Rate
Sensitive
Financial
Instruments
     Currency
Sensitive
Financial
Instruments
     Equity Sensitive
Financial
Instruments
     Combined
Portfolio
 

Year end VAR

     $44             $47             $3             $79       

Average VAR

     $46             $33             $4             $70       

Highest VAR

     $51             $47             $6             $79       

Lowest VAR

     $40             $22             $3             $65       

Beginning of year VAR (year end fiscal 2011)

     $34             $27             $7             $58       

The VAR for Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is immaterial as of September 29, 2012 and accordingly, has been excluded from the above table.

ITEM 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

See Index to Financial Statements and Supplemental Data on page 62.

ITEM 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

None.

ITEM 9A. Controls and Procedures

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

We have established disclosure controls and procedures to ensure that the information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and made known to the officers who certify the Company’s financial reports and to other members of senior management and the Board of Directors as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Based on their evaluation as of September 29, 2012, the principal executive officer and principal financial officer of the Company have concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) are effective.

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Management’s report set forth on page 63 is incorporated herein by reference.

Changes in Internal Controls

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012, that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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ITEM 9B. Other Information

Employment Agreements

The Company has entered into new employment agreements with Ms. Mary Jayne Parker and Mr. Kevin Mayer, pursuant to which each has agreed to extend the term of his/her employment with the Company.

The new employment agreement for Ms. Parker (the “Parker Agreement”) was entered into on November 16, 2012 and has a stated term commencing as of September 1, 2012 and ending on January 31, 2017. The Parker Agreement took effect as of the termination of the employment agreement Ms. Parker entered into with the Company in 2009, which expired by its terms on August 31, 2012.

Under the Parker Agreement, Ms. Parker continues to serve as the Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer of the Company. The Parker Agreement provides that Ms. Parker will receive an annual salary of $700,000, commencing as of January 1, 2013, and that for each year thereafter the annual salary for Ms. Parker will be determined by the Company in its sole discretion but shall not be less than $700,000. The Parker Agreement provides that Ms. Parker is also eligible for an annual, performance-based bonus under the Company’s applicable annual incentive plan (currently, the Company’s Management Incentive Bonus Program) and that the Compensation Committee will set a target bonus each year of not less 125% of the annual base salary for Ms. Parker in effect at the end of the preceding fiscal year. The actual amount payable to Ms. Parker as an annual bonus will be dependent upon the achievement of performance objectives, which will be substantially the same as the objectives established under the plan for other executive officers of the Company. Depending on performance, the actual amount payable as an annual bonus to Ms. Parker may be less than, greater than or equal to the stated target bonus (and could be zero).

The new employment agreement for Mr. Mayer (the “Mayer Agreement”) was entered into on November 16, 2012 and has a stated term commencing as of October 1, 2012 and ending on January 31, 2017. The Mayer Agreement took effect as of the termination of the employment agreement Mr. Mayer entered into with the Company in 2008, which expired by its terms on September 30, 2012.

Under the Mayer Agreement, Mr. Mayer continues to serve as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development of the Company. The Mayer Agreement provides that Mr. Mayer will receive an annual salary of $900,000, commencing as of January 1, 2013, and that for each year thereafter the annual salary for Mr. Mayer will be determined by the Company in its sole discretion but shall not be less than $900,000. The Mayer Agreement provides that Mr. Mayer is also eligible for an annual, performance-based bonus under the Company’s applicable annual incentive plan (currently, the Company’s Management Incentive Bonus Program) and that the Compensation Committee will set a target bonus each year of not less 125% of the annual base salary for Mr. Mayer in effect at the end of the preceding fiscal year. The actual amount payable to Mr. Mayer as an annual bonus will be dependent upon the achievement of performance objectives, which will be substantially the same as the objectives established under the plan for other executive officers of the Company. Depending on performance, the actual amount payable as an annual bonus to Mr. Mayer may be less than, greater than or equal to the stated target bonus (and could be zero).

As to both Ms. Parker and Mr. Mayer (in each case, the “Executive”), the Agreements also provide that the Executive is entitled to participate in the Company’s equity-based long-term incentive plans and programs generally made available to executive officers of the Company and that for each fiscal year during the term of the Agreement, Executive will be granted a long-term incentive award having a target value of not less than two times his/her annual base salary at the end of the preceding fiscal year. These awards will be subject to substantially the same terms and conditions (including vesting and performance conditions) as will be established for other executive officers of the Company in accordance with the Board’s policies for the grant of equity-based awards, as in effect at the time of the award, and do not guarantee the Executive any minimum amount of compensation. The actual amounts payable to Executive in respect of such opportunities will be determined based on the extent to which any performance conditions and/or service conditions applicable to such awards are satisfied and on the value of the Company’s stock. Accordingly, the Executive may receive compensation in respect of any such award that is greater or less than the stated target value, depending on whether, and to what extent, the applicable performance and other conditions are satisfied, and on the value of the Company’s stock.

Under both the Parker and Mayer Agreements, the Executive is entitled to participate in employee benefits and perquisites generally made available to executive officers of the Company.

Under each Agreement, the Executive’s employment may be terminated by the Company for “cause,” which is defined to include gross negligence, gross misconduct, willful nonfeasance or a willful material breach of the Agreement.

Each Executive has the right to terminate his/her employment for “good reason,” which is defined as (i) a reduction in any of the Executive’s base salary, annual target bonus opportunity or annual target long-term incentive award opportunity;

 

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(ii) removal from the Executive’s position (in Ms. Parker’s case, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and in Mr. Mayer’s case, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development); (iii) a material reduction in the Executive’s duties and responsibilities; (iv) the assignment to Executive of duties that are materially inconsistent with his/her position or duties or that materially impair his/her ability to function in his/her current position or any other position in which he/she is then serving; (vi) relocation of Executive’s principal office to a location that is more than 50 miles outside of the greater Los Angeles area; or (vii) a material breach of any material provision of the Agreement by the Company. Following a change in control of the Company, as defined in the Company’s stock plans, good reason also includes any event that is a triggering event as defined in the plans. A triggering event is defined to include a termination of employment by the Company other than for “cause” or a termination of employment by the participant following a reduction in position, pay or other “constructive termination.”

Under each Agreement, in the event that the Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without “cause” or by the Executive for “good reason,” the Executive will be entitled to termination benefits, which include the following: (i) a lump sum payment of the base salary that would have been payable over the remaining term of the Agreement, (ii) a pro-rated bonus for the year of termination (any prior-year bonus not yet paid at time of termination is also paid), and (iii) the Executive’s outstanding unvested stock options and outstanding unvested restricted stock unit awards that could vest in accordance with their scheduled vesting provisions if the Executive’s employment had continued through the remaining term of the Agreement will be eligible to vest at the same time and subject to the same performance conditions as though the Executive continued in the Company’s employ, and all stock options, whether vested on date of termination or vesting thereafter as described above, shall vest and remain exercisable to the same extent as if the Executive’s employment had continued through the term of the Agreement. However, each Agreement provides that, unless necessary to preserve the tax deductibility of the compensation payable in respect of restricted stock units, the Company will waive any performance conditions related to performance in future fiscal years that were imposed primarily to permit the Company to claim a tax deduction for the compensation payable in respect of such units.

To qualify for the foregoing cash severance benefit, pro-rated bonus (and prior-year bonus, if not already paid), opportunity to vest in unvested equity awards available under each Agreement and extended exercisability of stock options following an involuntary termination by the Company without cause, or a termination by the Executive for good reason, the Executive must execute a release in favor of the Company and agree to provide the Company with certain consulting services for a period of six months after his/her termination (or, if less, for the remaining term of the Agreement). Additionally, during the period of these consulting services, the Executive must also agree not to provide any services to entities that compete with any of the Company’s business segments.

The foregoing description is qualified by reference to the terms of the Parker Agreement and the Mayer Agreement, which are filed herewith as Exhibits 10. 7 and 10.6, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference.

Lucasfilm Transaction

The last sentence of the first paragraph of the Report on Form 8-K filed by the Company on October 30, 2012 is revised to read as follows: “The amount of stock issued pursuant to the Merger Agreement will depend on adjustments based on cash distributions to the Sole Shareholder occurring immediately prior to closing, and subject to those adjustments, will consist of at least 32,348,243 shares of the Company common stock but in no event more than 40,435,304 shares of the Company common stock, which are exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 as a private transaction pursuant to Section 4(2) thereof.”

 

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PART III

ITEM 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

Information regarding Section 16(a) compliance, the Audit Committee, the Company’s code of ethics, background of the directors and director nominations appearing under the captions “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance,” “Committees,” “Corporate Governance Guidelines and Code of Ethics,” “Director Selection Process” and “Election of Directors” in the Company’s Proxy Statement for the 2013 annual meeting of Shareholders is hereby incorporated by reference.

Information regarding executive officers is included in Part I of this Form 10-K as permitted by General Instruction G(3).

ITEM 11. Executive Compensation

Information appearing under the captions “Director Compensation,” “Executive Compensation Discussion and Analysis” and “Executive Compensation Tables” in the 2013 Proxy Statement (other than the “Compensation Committee Report,” which is deemed furnished herein by reference) is hereby incorporated by reference.

ITEM 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

Information setting forth the security ownership of certain beneficial owners and management appearing under the caption “Stock Ownership” and information in the “Equity Compensation Plans” table appearing under the caption “Equity Compensation Plans” in the 2013 Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated by reference.

ITEM 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

Information regarding certain related transactions appearing under the captions “Certain Relationships and Related Person Transactions” and information regarding director independence appearing under the caption “Director Independence” in the 2013 Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated by reference.

ITEM 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services

Information appearing under the captions “Auditor Fees and Services” and “Policy for Approval of Audit and Permitted Non-Audit Services” in the 2013 Proxy Statement is hereby incorporated by reference.

 

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PART IV

ITEM 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

 

  (1) Financial Statements and Schedules

See Index to Financial Statements and Supplemental Data at page 62.

 

  (2) Exhibits

The documents set forth below are filed herewith or incorporated herein by reference to the location indicated.

 

     

Exhibit

  

Location

3.1

   Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company   

Exhibit 3.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company dated March 10, 2010

3.2

   Bylaws of the Company   

Exhibit 3.2 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company dated March 10, 2010

4.1

   Four-Year Credit Agreement dated as of February 22, 2011   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company, filed February 25, 2011

4.2

   Five-Year Credit Agreement dated as of June 8, 2012   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company filed June 11, 2012

4.3

   Senior Debt Securities Indenture, dated as of September 24, 2001, between the Company and Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., as Trustee   

Exhibit 4.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company, dated September 24, 2001

4.4

   Other long-term borrowing instruments are omitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(4)(iii) of Regulation S-K. The Company undertakes to furnish copies of such instruments to the Commission upon request   

10.1

   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated as of October 6, 2011, between the Company and Robert A. Iger   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 10-K of the Company for the fiscal year ended October 1, 2011

10.2

   Employment Agreement, dated as of January 1, 2010 between the Company and James A. Rasulo   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company dated January 8, 2010

10.3

   Amendment dated March 17, 2011, to the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement, dated as of January 1, 2010 between the Company and James A. Rasulo   

Exhibit 10.2 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company dated March 18, 2011

10.4

   Employment Agreement, dated as of October 1, 2008 between the Company and Alan N. Braverman   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company dated October 8, 2008

10.5

   Amendment dated March 17, 2011, to the Employment Agreement, dated as of October 1, 2008 between the Company and Alan N. Braverman   

Exhibit 10.3 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company dated March 18, 2011

10.6

   Employment Agreement dated November 16, 2012 and effective as of October 1, 2012 between the Company and Kevin A. Mayer   

Filed herewith

10.7

   Employment Agreement dated November 16, 2012 and effective as of September 1, 2012 between the Company and Jayne Parker   

Filed herewith

10.8

   Description of Directors Compensation   

Filed herewith

10.9

   Amended and Restated Director’s Retirement Policy   

Exhibit 10.6 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended January 2, 2010

10.10

   Form of Indemnification Agreement for certain officers and directors   

Annex C to the Proxy Statement for the 1987 annual meeting of DEI

 

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Exhibit

  

Location

10.11

   1995 Stock Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors   

Exhibit 20 to the Form S-8 Registration Statement (No. 33-57811) of DEI, dated Feb. 23, 1995

10.12

   Amended and Restated 2002 Executive Performance Plan   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company, filed March 12, 2009

10.13

   Management Incentive Bonus Program   

The section of the Proxy Statement for the 2012 annual meeting of the Company titled “Performance Based Compensation”

10.14

   Amended and Restated 1997 Non-Employee Directors Stock and Deferred Compensation Plan   

Annex II to the Proxy Statement for the 2003 annual meeting of the Company

10.15

   The Walt Disney Company/Pixar 1995 Stock Plan   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Form S-8 Registration Statement (N0. 333-133840) of the Company dated May 5, 2006

10.16

   Amended and Restated The Walt Disney Company/Pixar 2004 Equity Incentive Plan   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company filed December 1, 2006

10.17

   Amended and Restated 2011 Stock Incentive Plan   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 8-K of the Company dated March 16, 2012

10.18

   The Amended and Restated The Walt Disney Productions and Associated Companies Key Employees Deferred Compensation and Retirement Plan   

Exhibit 10.5 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended April 2, 2011

10.19

   Amended and Restated Benefit Equalization Plan of ABC, Inc.   

Exhibit 10.6 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended April 2, 2011

10.20

   Disney Key Employees Retirement Savings Plan   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended July 2, 2011

10.21

   Group Personal Excess Liability Insurance Plan   

Exhibit 10(x) to the Form 10-K of the Company for the period ended September 30, 1997

10.22

   Amended and Restated Severance Pay Plan   

Exhibit 10.4 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended December 27, 2008

10.23

   Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement (Time-Based Vesting)   

Exhibit 10(aa) to the Form 10-K of the Company for the period ended September 30, 2004

10.24

   Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement (Bonus Related)   

Exhibit 10.3 to the Current Report on Form 8-K of the Company filed December 15, 2006

 

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Exhibit

  

Location

10.25

   Form of Performance-Based Stock Unit Award Agreement (Section 162(m) Vesting Requirement)   

Exhibit 10.2 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended April 2, 2011

10.26

   Form of Performance-Based Stock Unit Award Agreement (Three-Year Vesting subject to Total Shareholder Return/EPS Growth Tests/Section 162(m) Vesting Requirement)   

Exhibit 10.3 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended April 2, 2011

10.27

   Form of Non-Qualified Stock Option Award Agreement   

Exhibit 10.4 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the quarter ended April 2, 2011

10.28

   Form of Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement in Lieu of Equitable Adjustment   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the period ended June 30, 2007

10.29

   Disney Savings and Investment Plan as Amended and Restated Effective January 1, 2010   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the period ended July 3, 2010

10.30

   First Amendment dated December 13, 2011 to the Disney Savings and Investment Plan as amended and restated effective January 1, 2010   

Exhibit 10.1 to the Form 10-Q of the Company for the period ended December 31, 2011

12.1

   Ratio of earnings to fixed charges   

Filed herewith

21

   Subsidiaries of the Company   

Filed herewith

23

   Consent of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP   

Filed herewith

31(a)

   Rule 13a – 14(a) Certification of Chief Executive Officer of the Company in accordance with Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002   

Filed herewith

31(b)

   Rule 13a-14(a) Certification of Chief Financial Officer of the Company in accordance with Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002   

Filed herewith

32(a)

   Section 1350 Certification of Chief Executive Officer of the Company in accordance with Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002*   

Furnished herewith

32(b)

   Section 1350 Certification of Chief Financial Officer of the Company in accordance with Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002*   

Furnished herewith

101

   The following materials from the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 2012 formatted in Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL): (i) the Consolidated Statements of Income, (ii) the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income, (iii) the Consolidated Balance Sheets, (iv) the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows, (v) the Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity and (vi) related notes   

Filed herewith

 

 

* A signed original of this written statement required by Section 906 has been provided to the Company and will be retained by the Company and furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff upon request.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

        THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
      (Registrant)

 Date: November 21, 2012

    By:   /s/    ROBERT A. IGER
      (Robert A. Iger,
      Chairman and Chief Executive Officer)

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

  

Title

 

Date

    Principal Executive Officer     

/s/    ROBERT A. IGER

   Chairman and Chief Executive Officer   November 21, 2012

    (Robert A. Iger)

    
    Principal Financial and Accounting Officers     

/s/    JAMES A. RASULO

  

Senior Executive Vice President

and Chief Financial Officer

  November 21, 2012
    (James A. Rasulo)     

/s/    BRENT A. WOODFORD

    (Brent A. Woodford)

  

Senior Vice President-Planning and Control

 

  November 21, 2012
    Directors     

/s/    SUSAN E. ARNOLD

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Susan E. Arnold)

    

/s/    JOHN S. CHEN

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (John S. Chen)

    

/s/    JUDITH L. ESTRIN

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Judith L. Estrin)

    

/s/    ROBERT A. IGER

  

Chairman of the Board and Director

 

  November 21, 2012

    (Robert A. Iger)

    

/s/    FRED H. LANGHAMMER

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Fred H. Langhammer)

    

/s/    AYLWIN B. LEWIS

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Aylwin B. Lewis)

    

/s/    MONICA C. LOZANO

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Monica C. Lozano)

    

/s/    ROBERT W. MATSCHULLAT

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Robert W. Matschullat)

    

/s/    SHERYL SANDBERG

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Sheryl Sandberg)

    

/s/    ORIN C. SMITH

   Director   November 21, 2012

    (Orin C. Smith)

    

 

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THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTAL DATA

 

     Page  

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

     63   

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

     64   

Consolidated Financial Statements of The Walt Disney Company and Subsidiaries

  

Consolidated Statements of Income for the Years Ended September 29, 2012, October  1, 2011, and October 2, 2010

     65   

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the Years Ended September 29, 2012,  October 1, 2011, and October 2, 2010

     66   

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 29, 2012 and October 1, 2011

     67   

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended September 29, 2012, October  1, 2011, and October 2, 2010

     68   

Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended September 29, 2012,  October 1, 2011, and October 2, 2010

     69   

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

     70   

Quarterly Financial Summary (unaudited)

     114   

All schedules are omitted for the reason that they are not applicable or the required information is included in the financial statements or notes.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f). The Company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the Company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements prepared for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

Under the supervision and with the participation of management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting based on the framework in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on our evaluation under the framework in Internal Control — Integrated Framework, management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of September 29, 2012.

The effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of September 29, 2012 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is included herein.

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company

In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and the related consolidated statements of income, statements of comprehensive income, shareholders’ equity and cash flows present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries (the Company) at September 29, 2012 and October 1, 2011, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended September 29, 2012 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of September 29, 2012, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements and on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERS LLP

Los Angeles, California

November 21, 2012

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in millions, except per share data)

 

     2012      2011      2010  

Revenues

   $       42,278            $       40,893            $       38,063        

Costs and expenses

     (33,415)             (33,112)             (31,337)       

Restructuring and impairment charges

     (100)             (55)             (270)       

Other income /(expense), net

     239              75              140        

Net interest expense

     (369)             (343)             (409)       

Equity in the income of investees

     627              585              440        
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     9,260              8,043              6,627        

Income taxes

     (3,087)             (2,785)             (2,314)