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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2017

or

Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for the transition period from             to             

Commission file number 001-32352

 

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

Delaware

 

26-0075658

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

 

10036

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 852-7000

 

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 (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes       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 (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).     Yes       No  

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

 

Large accelerated filer

 

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

 

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. 

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

As of May 5, 2017, 1,052,334,514 shares of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, and 798,520,953 shares of Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, were outstanding.

 

 

 

 


 

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

FORM 10-Q

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Page

Part I. Financial Information

 

    Item 1.

 

Financial Statements

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 

1

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

2

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2017 (unaudited) and June 30, 2016 (audited)

3

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

4

 

 

Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

5

    Item 2.

 

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

31

    Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

40

    Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

42

Part II. Other Information

 

    Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

43

    Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

44

    Item 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

50

    Item 3.

 

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

50

    Item 4.

 

Mine Safety Disclosures

50

    Item 5.

 

Other Information

50

    Item 6.

 

Exhibits

51

Signature

52

 

 

 

 

 


 

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

 

 

For the three months ended

March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Revenues

 

$

7,564

 

 

$

7,228

 

 

$

21,752

 

 

$

20,680

 

Operating expenses

 

 

(4,763

)

 

 

(4,472

)

 

 

(13,472

)

 

 

(12,902

)

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(878

)

 

 

(893

)

 

 

(2,603

)

 

 

(2,685

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

(140

)

 

 

(133

)

 

 

(410

)

 

 

(391

)

Impairment and restructuring charges

 

 

(37

)

 

 

(15

)

 

 

(213

)

 

 

(46

)

Equity (losses) earnings of affiliates

 

 

(51

)

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(57

)

 

 

38

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

(310

)

 

 

(295

)

 

 

(909

)

 

 

(888

)

Interest income

 

 

9

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

27

 

 

 

28

 

Other, net

 

 

(142

)

 

 

(32

)

 

 

(241

)

 

 

(226

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations before income tax expense

 

 

1,252

 

 

 

1,391

 

 

 

3,874

 

 

 

3,608

 

Income tax expense

 

 

(370

)

 

 

(463

)

 

 

(1,161

)

 

 

(1,190

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

 

 

882

 

 

 

928

 

 

 

2,713

 

 

 

2,418

 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(3

)

 

 

(19

)

 

 

(8

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

870

 

 

 

925

 

 

 

2,694

 

 

 

2,410

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

(71

)

 

 

(84

)

 

 

(218

)

 

 

(222

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. stockholders

 

$

799

 

 

$

841

 

 

$

2,476

 

 

$

2,188

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations attributable to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. stockholders - basic and diluted

 

$

811

 

 

$

844

 

 

$

2,495

 

 

$

2,196

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

1,851

 

 

 

1,916

 

 

 

1,855

 

 

 

1,961

 

Diluted

 

 

1,853

 

 

 

1,916

 

 

 

1,857

 

 

 

1,962

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations attributable to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. stockholders per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.44

 

 

$

0.44

 

 

$

1.35

 

 

$

1.12

 

Diluted

 

$

0.44

 

 

$

0.44

 

 

$

1.34

 

 

$

1.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. stockholders per share - basic and diluted

 

$

0.43

 

 

$

0.44

 

 

$

1.33

 

 

$

1.12

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

1


 

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(IN MILLIONS)

 

 

 

For the three months ended

March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

Net income

 

$

870

 

 

$

925

 

 

$

2,694

 

 

$

2,410

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

111

 

 

 

42

 

 

 

(40

)

 

 

(123

)

Cash flow hedges

 

 

6

 

 

 

(20

)

 

 

19

 

 

 

(4

)

Unrealized holding losses on securities

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

(4

)

Benefit plan adjustments

 

 

74

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

117

 

 

 

15

 

Equity method investments

 

 

-

 

 

 

47

 

 

 

(163

)

 

 

(179

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

 

 

191

 

 

 

74

 

 

 

(67

)

 

 

(295

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

1,061

 

 

 

999

 

 

 

2,627

 

 

 

2,115

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests(a)

 

 

(71

)

 

 

(84

)

 

 

(218

)

 

 

(222

)

Less: Other comprehensive (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

(4

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. stockholders

 

$

986

 

 

$

915

 

 

$

2,425

 

 

$

1,893

 

 

(a)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests includes $43 million and $36 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, and $113 million and $96 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively, relating to redeemable noncontrolling interests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

2


 

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2017

 

 

As of

June 30,

2016

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

(audited)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

5,572

 

 

$

4,424

 

Receivables, net

 

 

7,219

 

 

 

6,258

 

Inventories, net

 

 

3,418

 

 

 

3,291

 

Other

 

 

529

 

 

 

976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current assets

 

 

16,738

 

 

 

14,949

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables, net

 

 

538

 

 

 

389

 

Investments

 

 

3,679

 

 

 

3,863

 

Inventories, net

 

 

7,725

 

 

 

7,041

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

1,691

 

 

 

1,692

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

6,579

 

 

 

6,777

 

Goodwill

 

 

12,733

 

 

 

12,733

 

Other non-current assets

 

 

1,001

 

 

 

749

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

$

50,684

 

 

$

48,193

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

$

107

 

 

$

427

 

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

3,832

 

 

 

3,181

 

Participations, residuals and royalties payable

 

 

1,663

 

 

 

1,672

 

Program rights payable

 

 

1,233

 

 

 

1,283

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

621

 

 

 

505

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

7,456

 

 

 

7,068

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

19,789

 

 

 

19,126

 

Other liabilities

 

 

3,826

 

 

 

3,678

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

2,742

 

 

 

2,888

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

619

 

 

 

552

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock(a)

 

 

11

 

 

 

11

 

Class B common stock(b)

 

 

8

 

 

 

8

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

12,274

 

 

 

12,211

 

Retained earnings

 

 

4,919

 

 

 

3,575

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(2,195

)

 

 

(2,144

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. stockholders' equity

 

 

15,017

 

 

 

13,661

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

 

1,235

 

 

 

1,220

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total equity

 

 

16,252

 

 

 

14,881

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

50,684

 

 

$

48,193

 

 

(a)

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 6,000,000,000 shares authorized, 1,052,334,514 shares and 1,071,302,532 shares issued and outstanding, net of 123,687,371 treasury shares at par as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively.

(b)

Class B common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 3,000,000,000 shares authorized, 798,520,953 shares issued and outstanding, net of 356,993,807 treasury shares at par as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

3


 

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(IN MILLIONS)

 

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2017

 

 

2016

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

2,694

 

 

$

2,410

 

Less: Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

 

 

(19

)

 

 

(8

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income from continuing operations

 

 

2,713

 

 

 

2,418

 

Adjustments to reconcile income from continuing operations to cash provided by operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

410

 

 

 

391

 

Amortization of cable distribution investments

 

 

46

 

 

 

53

 

Impairment and restructuring charges

 

 

213

 

 

 

46

 

Equity-based compensation

 

 

97

 

 

 

152

 

Equity losses (earnings) of affiliates

 

 

57

 

 

 

(38

)

Cash distributions received from affiliates

 

 

182

 

 

 

225

 

Other, net

 

 

241

 

 

 

226

 

CLT20 contract termination costs(a)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(420

)

Deferred income taxes and other taxes

 

 

(70

)

 

 

373

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables

 

 

(1,146

)

 

 

(870

)

Inventories net of program rights payable

 

 

(932

)

 

 

(814

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

257

 

 

 

136

 

Other changes, net

 

 

350

 

 

 

134

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations

 

 

2,418

 

 

 

2,012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

(202

)

 

 

(156

)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

 

-

 

 

 

(908

)

Investments in equity affiliates

 

 

(18

)

 

 

(87

)

Other investments

 

 

(148

)

 

 

(229

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations

 

 

(368

)

 

 

(1,380

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

879

 

 

 

1,195

 

Repayment of borrowings

 

 

(546

)

 

 

(502

)

Repurchase of shares

 

 

(619

)

 

 

(3,958

)

Dividends paid and distributions

 

 

(522

)

 

 

(465

)

Purchase of subsidiary shares from noncontrolling interests

 

 

-

 

 

 

(287

)

Other financing activities, net

 

 

(63

)

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations

 

 

(871

)

 

 

(4,006

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents from discontinued operations

 

 

(21

)

 

 

(15

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

1,158

 

 

 

(3,389

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

 

 

4,424

 

 

 

8,428

 

Exchange movement on cash balances

 

 

(10

)

 

 

(46

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

5,572

 

 

$

4,993

 

 

(a)

See Note 5 – Restructuring Programs under the heading “Fiscal 2015” in the 2016 Form 10-K as defined in Note 1 – Basis of Presentation.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

4


 

TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its subsidiaries (together, “Twenty-First Century Fox” or the “Company”) is a diversified global media and entertainment company, which currently manages and reports its businesses in the following four segments: Cable Network Programming, Television, Filmed Entertainment and Other, Corporate and Eliminations.

The accompanying Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements of Twenty-First Century Fox have been prepared in accordance with United States (“U.S.”) generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. In the opinion of management, all adjustments consisting only of normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation have been reflected in these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements. Operating results for the interim periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.

These interim Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on August 11, 2016 (the “2016 Form 10-K”).

The Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Twenty-First Century Fox. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation, including the intercompany portion of transactions with equity method investees. Investments in and advances to entities or joint ventures in which the Company has significant influence, but less than a controlling voting interest, are accounted for using the equity method. Investments in which the Company has no significant influence are designated as available-for-sale investments if readily determinable market values are available. If an investment’s fair value is not readily determinable, the Company accounts for its investment at cost.

The preparation of the Company’s consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts that are reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying disclosures. Actual results may differ from those estimates.

Certain fiscal 2016 amounts have been reclassified to conform to the fiscal 2017 presentation. Unless indicated otherwise, the information in the notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements relates to the Company’s continuing operations.

Recently Adopted and Recently Issued Accounting Guidance

Adopted

In April 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2015-03, “Interest—Imputation of Interest (Subtopic 835-30): Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs” (“ASU 2015-03”). To simplify the presentation of debt issuance costs, ASU 2015-03 requires debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability to be presented in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of that debt liability. On July 1, 2016, the Company adopted ASU 2015-03 on a retrospective basis (See Note 6 – Borrowings).

Issued

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, “Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments” (“ASU 2016-15”). ASU 2016-15 addresses eight specific cash flow issues with the objective of reducing the existing diversity in practice in how certain cash receipts and cash payments are presented and classified in the statement of cash flows. ASU 2016-15 is effective for the Company for annual and interim reporting periods beginning July 1, 2018. The Company is currently evaluating the impact ASU 2016-15 will have on its consolidated financial statements.

In October 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-16, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Intra-Entity Transfers of Assets Other Than Inventory” (“ASU 2016-16”). ASU 2016-16 requires an entity to recognize the income tax consequences of an intra-entity transfer of an asset other than inventory. ASU 2016-16 is effective for the Company for annual and interim reporting periods beginning July 1, 2018. The Company is currently evaluating the impact ASU 2016-16 will have on its consolidated financial statements.

 

5


TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-01, “Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business” (“ASU 2017-01”). The objective of ASU 2017-01 is to clarify the definition of a business in order to assist entities with evaluating whether transactions should be accounted for as acquisitions (or disposals) of assets or businesses. The definition of a business affects many areas of accounting including acquisitions, disposals, goodwill and consolidation. ASU 2017-01 is effective for the Company for annual and interim reporting periods beginning July 1, 2018. The Company is currently evaluating the impact ASU 2017-01 will have on its consolidated financial statements.

In January 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-04, “Intangibles–Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment” (“ASU 2017-04”). The objective of ASU 2017-04 is to simplify how an entity is required to test goodwill for impairment. Under current GAAP, entities are required to test goodwill for impairment using a two-step approach. Under the amendments in ASU 2017-04, an entity should perform its goodwill impairment test by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. ASU 2017-04 is effective for the Company for annual and interim reporting periods beginning July 1, 2020. The Company is currently evaluating the impact ASU 2017-04 will have on its consolidated financial statements.

In March 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-07, “Compensation–Retirement Benefits (Topic 715): Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Postretirement Benefit Cost” (“ASU 2017-07”). ASU 2017-07 requires an employer to report the service cost component of net benefit cost in the same line item as other compensation costs arising from services rendered by the pertinent employees during the period. The other components of net benefit cost are required to be presented in the income statement separately from the service cost component and outside a subtotal of income from operations. In addition, ASU 2017-07 allows only the service cost component to be eligible for capitalization when applicable. ASU 2017-07 is effective for the Company for annual and interim reporting periods beginning July 1, 2018. Early adoption is permitted from July 1, 2017. The Company is currently evaluating the impact ASU 2017-07 will have on its consolidated financial statements.

 

 

NOTE 2. ACQUISITIONS, DISPOSALS AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS

The Company’s acquisitions support the Company’s strategic priority of increasing its brand presence and reach in key domestic and international markets and acquiring greater control of investments that complement its portfolio of businesses.

Fiscal 2017

Acquisitions

Sky

In December 2016, the Company announced it reached agreement with Sky plc (“Sky”), in which the Company currently has an approximate 39% interest, on the terms of a recommended pre-conditional cash offer by the Company for the fully diluted share capital of Sky, which the Company does not already own, at a price of £10.75 per Sky share (approximately $15 billion in the aggregate) (the “Proposed Sky Acquisition”). The independent committee of Sky’s Board of Directors announced that it intends to unanimously recommend that unaffiliated Sky shareholders vote in favor of the Proposed Sky Acquisition. The Proposed Sky Acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval of Sky’s shareholders, and is expected to close on or before December 31, 2017. The required regulatory approvals include clearance of the Proposed Sky Acquisition under the European Union (“EU”) Merger Regulation by the European Commission, which notified the Company of such clearance in April 2017.

Also in December 2016, the Company entered into a co-operation agreement with Sky (the “Co-Operation Agreement”) pursuant to which the Company and Sky agreed to take certain steps to facilitate completion of the Proposed Sky Acquisition. The Co-Operation Agreement provides for a £200 million (approximately $250 million) break fee payable in cash by the Company in the event that regulatory approvals are not obtained prior to August 15, 2018, or in certain other circumstances described in the Co-Operation Agreement.

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TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

To provide financing in connection with the Proposed Sky Acquisition, the Company and 21st Century Fox America, Inc. (“21CFA”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a bridge credit agreement with the lenders party thereto (the “Bridge Credit Agreement”). The Bridge Credit Agreement provides for borrowings of up to £12.2 billion (approximately $15 billion). Fees under the Bridge Credit Agreement will be based on the Company’s long-term senior unsecured non-credit enhanced debt ratings. Given the current debt ratings, 21CFA will pay a commitment fee on undrawn funds of 0.1% and the initial interest rate on advances will be LIBOR plus 1.125% with subsequent increases every 90 days up to LIBOR plus 1.875%. 21CFA has also agreed to pay a duration fee on each of the 90th, 180th and 270th day after the funding of the loans in an amount equal to 0.50%, 0.75%, and 1.00%, respectively, of the aggregate principal amount of the advances and undrawn commitments outstanding at the time. The terms of the Bridge Credit Agreement also include the requirement that 21CFA maintain a certain leverage ratio and limitations with respect to secured indebtedness. While the Company has entered into the Bridge Credit Agreement, the Company intends to finance the Proposed Sky Acquisition by using a significant portion of the available cash on its balance sheet and obtaining permanent financing in the capital markets. In February 2017, the Company purchased a foreign currency exchange option to limit its foreign currency exchange rate risk in connection with the Proposed Sky Acquisition (See Note 5 – Fair Value under the heading “Foreign Currency Contracts” and Note 11 – Additional Financial Information under the heading “Other, net” for additional information).

The Company believes the Proposed Sky Acquisition will result in enhanced capabilities of the combined company, which will be underpinned by a more geographically diverse and stable revenue base, and will create an improved balance between subscription, affiliate fee, advertising and content revenues.

Other

In February 2017, the Company announced that it anticipates receiving approximately $350 million in proceeds resulting from the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) recently completed reverse auction for broadcast spectrum. The anticipated proceeds reflect the FCC’s acceptance of one or more bids placed by the Company during the auction to relinquish spectrum used by certain of its television stations. The Company anticipates it will receive the proceeds before December 31, 2017.

Fiscal 2016

Acquisitions

National Geographic Partners

In fiscal 2016, the Company, through 21CFA, and the National Geographic Society (“NGS”), formed the entity that became National Geographic Partners, LLC (“National Geographic Partners”), to which, in November 2015, the Company contributed $625 million in cash and the Company and NGS contributed their existing interests in NGC Network US, LLC, NGC Network International, LLC and NGC Network Latin America, LLC (collectively, “NGC Networks”). Prior to the transaction, the Company held a controlling interest in NGC Networks, a consolidated subsidiary. NGS also contributed its publishing, travel and certain other businesses (collectively, the “NGS Media Business”) to National Geographic Partners. As part of the transaction, National Geographic Partners also acquired the long-term license for the use of certain trademarks owned by NGS related to the NGC Networks and the NGS Media Business. The Company currently holds a 73% controlling interest in National Geographic Partners. The consideration transferred to NGS has been allocated as follows: approximately $510 million to indefinite-lived intangible assets related to the trademark license agreement, $105 million to intangible assets consisting primarily of subscriber relationships with useful lives of eight years, $60 million to goodwill on the transaction and other net assets of the NGS Media Business and $55 million to the additional interest in National Geographic Partners.

MAA Television Network

In December 2015, the Company acquired the entirety of the broadcast business of MAA Television Network Limited (“MAA TV”), an entity in India that broadcasts and operates Telugu language entertainment channels, for approximately $346 million in cash including payments toward non-compete agreements. The consideration transferred of approximately $285 million has been allocated, based on a valuation of MAA TV, as follows: approximately $90 million to intangible assets consisting of multi-channel video programming distributor (“MVPD”) affiliate agreements and relationships with useful lives of 11 years, advertiser relationships with useful lives of eight years and the MAA TV trade name with a useful life of 10 years; and the balance representing the goodwill on the transaction.

For the fiscal 2016 transactions, the majority of the goodwill is tax deductible and reflects the synergies and increased market penetration expected from combining the operations of the NGS Media Business and MAA TV with the Company.

 

 

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TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

NOTE 3. INVENTORIES, NET

The Company’s inventories were comprised of the following:

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2017

 

 

As of

June 30,

2016

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Programming rights and other(a)

 

$

6,763

 

 

$

6,359

 

Filmed entertainment costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Films

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Released or completed

 

 

1,320

 

 

 

1,569

 

In production

 

 

1,213

 

 

 

825

 

In development or preproduction

 

 

265

 

 

 

196

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,798

 

 

 

2,590

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Television productions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Released

 

 

1,109

 

 

 

1,067

 

In production, development or preproduction

 

 

473

 

 

 

316

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,582

 

 

 

1,383

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total filmed entertainment costs, less accumulated amortization(b)

 

 

4,380

 

 

 

3,973

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total inventories, net

 

 

11,143

 

 

 

10,332

 

Less: current portion of inventories, net(c)

 

 

(3,418

)

 

 

(3,291

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total non-current inventories, net

 

$

7,725

 

 

$

7,041

 

 

(a)

Other includes DVDs, Blu-rays and other merchandise.

(b)

Does not include $249 million and $273 million of net intangible film library costs as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, respectively, which were included in intangible assets subject to amortization in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

(c)

Current portion of inventories, net as of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016 was comprised of programming rights ($3,337 million and $3,212 million, respectively), DVDs, Blu-rays and other merchandise.

 

NOTE 4. INVESTMENTS

The Company’s investments were comprised of the following:

 

 

 

 

 

Ownership

percentage

as of

March 31,

2017

 

 

As of

March 31,

2017

 

 

As of

June 30,

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Sky(a)(b)

 

European direct broadcast satellite operator

 

 

39%

 

 

$

2,919

 

 

$

2,972

 

Endemol Shine Group(b)

 

Global multi-platform content provider

 

 

50%

 

 

 

264

 

 

 

445

 

Other investments

 

 

 

various

 

 

 

496

 

 

 

446

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total investments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

3,679

 

 

$

3,863

 

 

(a)

The Company’s investment in Sky had a market value of $8.2 billion as of March 31, 2017 determined using its quoted market price on the London Stock Exchange (a Level 1 measurement as defined in Note 5 – Fair Value). The Company received dividends of approximately $170 million and $210 million from Sky for the nine months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. As part of the agreement for the Proposed Sky Acquisition, Sky will not pay any dividends in calendar year 2017 (See Note 2 – Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions under the heading “Sky” for further discussion of this investment).

(b)

Equity method investment.

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TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Hulu

The Company owns an equity interest in Hulu LLC (“Hulu”). In August 2016, Hulu issued a 10% equity interest to a new investor thereby diluting the Company’s ownership to 30%. For a period of up to 36 months, under certain limited circumstances, including those arising from regulatory review, the new investor may put its shares to Hulu or Hulu may call the shares from the new investor. If Hulu is required to fund the repurchase of shares from the new investor, the Company has agreed to make an additional capital contribution of up to approximately $300 million to Hulu. As a result of these conditions, the Company will record a gain on the dilution of its ownership interest upon resolution of the contingency. The Company will continue to account for its interest in Hulu as an equity method investment.

 

 

NOTE 5. FAIR VALUE

In accordance with ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurement,” fair value measurements are required to be disclosed using a three-tiered fair value hierarchy which distinguishes market participant assumptions into the following categories: (i) inputs that are quoted prices in active markets (“Level 1”); (ii) inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable, including quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities (“Level 2”); and (iii) inputs that require the entity to use its own assumptions about market participant assumptions (“Level 3”).

The tables below present information about financial assets and liabilities carried at fair value on a recurring basis. As of March 31, 2017 and June 30, 2016, there were no assets or liabilities in the Level 1 category.

 

 

 

Fair value measurements

 

 

 

As of March 31, 2017

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Level 2

 

 

Level 3

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivatives(a)

 

$

47

 

 

$

47

 

 

$

-

 

Other(b)

 

 

30

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

30

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivatives(a)

 

 

(22

)

 

 

(22

)

 

 

-

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

(619

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(619

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

(564

)

 

$

25

 

 

$

(589

)

 

 

 

 

As of June 30, 2016

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Level 2

 

 

Level 3

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivatives(a)

 

$

6

 

 

$

6

 

 

$

-

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derivatives(a)

 

 

(50

)

 

 

(50

)

 

 

-

 

Other(b)

 

 

(36

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(36

)

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

(552

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

(552

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

(632

)

 

$

(44

)

 

$

(588

)

 

(a)

Represents derivatives associated with the Company’s foreign currency forward and option contracts and interest rate swap contracts.

(b)

Primarily relates to past acquisitions, including contingent consideration arrangements.

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TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests

The Company accounts for redeemable noncontrolling interests in accordance with ASC 480-10-S99-3A, “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity” (“ASC 480-10-S99-3A”), because their exercise is outside the control of the Company. The redeemable noncontrolling interests recorded at fair value are put arrangements held by the noncontrolling interests in certain of the Company’s majority-owned sports networks. The Company utilizes the market, income or cost approaches or a combination of these valuation techniques for its Level 3 fair value measures, using observable inputs such as market data obtained from independent sources. To the extent observable inputs are not available, the Company utilizes unobservable inputs based upon the assumptions market participants would use in valuing the asset (liability). As of March 31, 2017, one minority shareholder’s put right will become exercisable in July 2017 and two minority shareholders’ put rights will become exercisable in March 2018. The remaining redeemable noncontrolling interests are currently not exercisable.

Financial Instruments

The carrying value of the Company’s financial instruments, such as cash and cash equivalents, receivables, payables and cost method investments, approximates fair value.

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2017

 

 

As of

June 30,

2016

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Borrowings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value

 

$

23,141

 

 

$

23,986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying value

 

$

19,896

 

 

$

19,553

 

 

Fair value is generally determined by reference to market values resulting from trading on a national securities exchange or in an over-the-counter market (a Level 1 measurement).

Foreign Currency Contracts

The Company uses foreign currency forward contracts primarily to hedge certain exposures to foreign currency exchange rate risks associated with revenues and the cost of producing or acquiring films and television programming. The Company also entered into a foreign currency option contract to limit its foreign currency exchange rate risk in connection with the Proposed Sky Acquisition. For accounting purposes, the option contract does not qualify for hedge accounting and therefore has been treated as an economic hedge (See Note 2 – Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions under the heading “Sky”).

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2017

 

 

As of

June 30,

2016

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Cash Flow Hedges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notional amount

 

$

179

 

 

$

409

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value

 

$

(18

)

 

$

(25

)

 

For foreign currency forward contracts designated as cash flow hedges, the Company expects to reclassify the cumulative changes in fair values, included in Accumulated other comprehensive loss, within the next two years. 

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2017

 

 

As of

June 30,

2016