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Form 10-Q for TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY FOX, INC.


8-May-2014

Quarterly Report


ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

This document contains statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. The words "expect," "estimate," "anticipate," "predict," "believe" and similar expressions and variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements appear in a number of places in this document and include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., its directors or its officers with respect to, among other things, trends affecting Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.'s financial condition or results of operations. The readers of this document are cautioned that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. More information regarding these risks, uncertainties and other factors is set forth under the heading Part II "Other Information," Item 1A "Risk Factors" in this report. Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. does not ordinarily make projections of its future operating results and undertakes no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers should carefully review this document and the other documents filed by Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). This section should be read together with the unaudited consolidated financial statements of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and related notes set forth elsewhere herein and Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 as filed with the SEC on August 19, 2013 (the "2013 Form 10-K").

INTRODUCTION

On June 28, 2013, Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. and its subsidiaries (formerly known as News Corporation) (together, "Twenty-First Century Fox" or the "Company") completed the separation of its business into two independent publicly traded companies (the "Separation") by distributing to its stockholders all of the outstanding shares of the new News Corporation ("News Corp"). The Company retained its interests in a global portfolio of media and entertainment assets spanning six continents. News Corp holds the Company's former businesses including newspapers, information services and integrated marketing services, digital real estate services, book publishing, digital education and sports programming and pay-TV distribution in Australia. The Company completed the Separation by distributing to its stockholders one share of News Corp Class A common stock for every four shares of the Company's Class A common stock held on June 21, 2013, and one share of News Corp Class B common stock for every four shares of the Company's Class B common stock held on June 21, 2013. The Company's stockholders received cash in lieu of fractional shares. Following the Separation, the Company does not beneficially own any shares of News Corp Class A common stock or News Corp Class B common stock.

Effective June 28, 2013, the Separation qualified for discontinued operations treatment in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 205-20, "Discontinued Operations" ("ASC 205-20"), and accordingly the Company deconsolidated News Corp's balance sheet as of June 30, 2013, and presented its results for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2013 as discontinued operations on the unaudited statements of operations and as discontinued operations on the unaudited statements of cash flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2013. The footnotes to the financial statements have also been revised accordingly for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2013. Management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations describes the Company giving effect to the Separation, except where stated otherwise.

Management's discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations is intended to help provide an understanding of the Company's financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of operations. This discussion is organized as follows:

Overview of the Company's Business - This section provides a general description of the Company's businesses, as well as developments that have occurred to date during fiscal 2014 that the Company believes are important in understanding its results of operations and financial condition or to disclose known trends.

Results of Operations - This section provides an analysis of the Company's results of operations for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013. This analysis is presented on both a consolidated and a segment basis. In addition, a brief description is provided of significant transactions and events that impact the comparability of the results being analyzed.

Liquidity and Capital Resources - This section provides an analysis of the Company's cash flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013. Included in the discussion of outstanding debt is a discussion of the amount of financial capacity available to fund the Company's future commitments and obligations, as well as a discussion of other financing arrangements.

OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY'S BUSINESS

The Company has realigned its reporting segments following the Separation and the Other segment has been renamed Other, Corporate and Eliminations. This segment includes costs not directly associated with an operating segment, such as corporate overhead and eliminations.


The Company is a diversified global media and entertainment company, which manages and reports its businesses in the following five segments:

Cable Network Programming, which principally consists of the production and licensing of programming distributed through cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators and telecommunication companies primarily in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Television, which principally consists of the broadcasting of network programming in the U.S. and the operation of 28 full power broadcast television stations, including 10 duopolies, in the U.S. (of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Broadcasting Company ("FOX") and 10 are affiliated with Master Distribution Service, Inc. ("MyNetworkTV")).

Filmed Entertainment, which principally consists of the production and acquisition of live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in all formats in all entertainment media worldwide, and the production and licensing of television programming worldwide.

Direct Broadcast Satellite Television, which consists of the distribution of programming services via satellite, cable and broadband directly to subscribers in Italy, Germany and Austria.

Other, Corporate and Eliminations, which principally consists of corporate overhead and eliminations and other businesses.

Television and Cable Network Programming

The Company's television operations primarily consist of FOX, MyNetworkTV and the 28 television stations owned by the Company.

The television operations derive revenues primarily from the sale of advertising, and to a lesser extent, retransmission consent revenue. Adverse changes in general market conditions for advertising may affect revenues. The U.S. television broadcast environment is highly competitive and the primary methods of competition are the development and acquisition of popular programming. Program success is measured by ratings, which are an indication of market acceptance, with the top rated programs commanding the highest advertising prices. FOX is a broadcast network that airs original programming and MyNetworkTV is a programming distribution service that airs original and off-network programming. FOX and MyNetworkTV compete with broadcast networks, such as ABC, CBS, NBC and The CW Television Network, independent television stations, cable and Direct Broadcast Satellite Television program services, as well as other media, including over-the-top services, DVDs, Blu-rays, video games and print for audiences, programming and advertising revenues. In addition, FOX and MyNetworkTV compete with the other broadcast networks and other programming distribution services to secure affiliations with independently owned television stations in markets across the U.S. ABC, NBC and CBS each broadcasts a greater number of hours of programming than FOX and, accordingly, may be able to designate or change time periods in which programming is to be broadcast with greater flexibility than FOX. In addition, future technological developments may affect competition within the television marketplace.

U.S. law governing retransmission consent revenue provides a mechanism for the television stations owned by the Company to seek and obtain payment from multi-channel video programming distributors who carry the Company's broadcast signals. Retransmission consent revenue consists of per subscriber-based compensatory fees paid to the Company by cable and satellite distribution systems that distribute the Company's television stations affiliated with FOX and MyNetworkTV. The Company also receives compensation from independently-owned television stations that are affiliated with FOX and MyNetworkTV.

The television stations owned and operated by the Company compete for programming, audiences and advertising revenues with other television stations and cable systems in their respective coverage areas and, in some cases, with respect to programming, with other station groups, and in the case of advertising revenues, with other local and national media. The competitive position of the television stations owned by the Company is largely influenced by the quality and strength of FOX and MyNetworkTV programming, and, in particular, their respective prime-time viewership.

The Company's U.S. cable network programming operations primarily consist of the Fox News Channel ("FOX News"), Fox Sports 1, FX Networks, LLC ("FX"), FXX, Regional Sports Networks ("RSNs"), the National Geographic Channels and the Big Ten Network. The Company's international cable networks consist of the Fox International Channels ("FIC") and STAR. FIC produces and distributes entertainment, lifestyle, factual, sports, and movie channels through distribution channels in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America using several brands, including Fox, Fox Crime, Fox Life, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Channel. STAR's owned and affiliated channels are distributed in the following countries and regions: India; Pakistan; the rest of South Asia; Greater China; Indonesia; the rest of South East Asia; the Middle East and Africa; the United Kingdom and Europe; and North America.


Generally, the Company's cable networks, which target various demographics, derive a majority of their revenues from monthly affiliate fees received from cable television systems and direct broadcast satellite operators based on the number of their subscribers. Affiliate fee revenues are net of the amortization of cable distribution investments (capitalized fees paid to U.S. multi-channel video programming distributors to typically facilitate the carriage of a domestic cable network). The Company defers the cable distribution investments and amortizes the amounts on a straight-line basis over the contract period. Cable television and direct broadcast satellite are currently the predominant means of distribution of the Company's program services in the U.S. Internationally, distribution technology varies region by region.

The Company's cable networks compete for carriage on cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite systems and other distribution systems with other program services. A primary focus of competition is for distribution of the Company's cable network channels that are not already distributed by particular cable television or direct broadcast satellite systems. For such program services, distributors make decisions on the use of bandwidth based on various considerations, including amounts paid by programmers for launches, subscription fees payable by distributors and appeal to the distributors' subscribers.

The most significant operating expenses of the Television segment and the Cable Network Programming segment are the acquisition and production expenses related to programming and the expenses related to operating the technical facilities of the broadcaster or cable network. Other expenses include promotional expenses related to improving the market visibility and awareness of the broadcaster or cable network and its programming. Additional expenses include sales commissions paid to the in-house advertising sales force, as well as salaries, employee benefits, rent and other routine overhead expenses.

National sports programming is obtained through license agreements with professional or collegiate sports leagues or organizations. The Company's current licenses with the National Football League ("NFL"), Major League Baseball ("MLB"), college football conferences, National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing ("NASCAR"), International Federation of Football Association ("FIFA"), United States Golf Association ("USGA"), and Ultimate Fighting Championship ("UFC") are secured by long-term agreements.

While the Company seeks to ensure compliance with federal indecency laws and related Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") regulations, the definition of "indecency" is subject to interpretation and there can be no assurance that the Company will not broadcast programming that is ultimately determined by the FCC to violate the prohibition against indecency. Such programming could subject the Company to regulatory review or investigation, fines, adverse publicity or other sanctions, including the loss of station licenses.

Filmed Entertainment

The Filmed Entertainment segment derives revenue from the production and distribution of live-action and animated motion pictures and television series. In general, motion pictures produced or acquired for distribution by the Company are exhibited in U.S. and foreign theaters, followed by home entertainment, including sale and rental of DVDs and Blu-rays, licensing through digital distribution platforms, premium subscription television, network television and basic cable and syndicated television exploitation. Television series initially produced for the networks and first-run syndication are generally licensed to domestic and international markets concurrently and subsequently released in seasonal DVD and Blu-ray box sets and made available via digital distribution platforms. More successful series are later syndicated in domestic markets. The length of the revenue cycle for television series will vary depending on the number of seasons a series remains in active production and, therefore, may cause fluctuations in operating results. License fees received for television exhibition (including international and U.S. premium television and basic cable television) are recorded as revenue in the period that licensed films or programs are available for such exhibition, which may cause substantial fluctuations in operating results.

The revenues and operating results of the Filmed Entertainment segment are significantly affected by the timing of the Company's theatrical and home entertainment releases, the number of its original and returning television series that are aired by television networks and cable channels and the number of its television series in off-network syndication. Theatrical and home entertainment release dates are determined by several factors, including timing of vacation and holiday periods and competition in the marketplace. The distribution windows for the release of motion pictures theatrically and in various home entertainment products and services (including subscription rentals, rental kiosks and digital distribution platforms), have been compressing and may continue to change in the future. A further reduction in timing between theatrical and home entertainment releases could adversely affect the revenues and operating results of this segment.


The Company enters into arrangements with third parties to co-produce many of its theatrical productions. These arrangements, which are referred to as co-financing arrangements, take various forms. The parties to these arrangements include studio and non-studio entities, both domestic and foreign. In several of these agreements, other parties control certain distribution rights. The Filmed Entertainment segment records the amounts received for the sale of an economic interest as a reduction of the cost of the film, as the investor assumes full risk for that portion of the film asset acquired in these transactions. The substance of these arrangements is that the third-party investors own an interest in the film and, therefore, receive a participation based on the respective third-party investor's interest in the profits or losses incurred on the film. Consistent with the requirements of Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") ASC 926 "Entertainment-Films" ("ASC 926"), the estimate of a third-party investor's interest in profits or losses on the film is based on total estimated ultimate revenues.

Operating costs incurred by the Filmed Entertainment segment include:
exploitation costs, primarily theatrical prints and advertising and home entertainment marketing and manufacturing costs; amortization of capitalized production, overhead and interest costs; and participations and talent residuals. Selling, general and administrative expenses include salaries, employee benefits, rent and other routine overhead.

The Company competes with other film studios, such as Disney, CBS Television Studios, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros. and other independent film producers in the production and distribution of motion pictures, DVDs and Blu-rays. As a producer and distributor of television programming, the Company competes with studios, television production groups and independent producers and syndicators, such as Disney, Sony, NBC Universal, Warner Bros. and CBS Television Studios, to sell programming both domestically and internationally. The Company also competes to obtain creative talent and story properties, which are essential to the success of the Company's filmed entertainment businesses.

Direct Broadcast Satellite Television

The Direct Broadcast Satellite Television ("DBS") segment's operations consist of SKY Italia and the Company's majority-owned subsidiary Sky Deutschland AG ("Sky Deutschland"), which provide basic and premium services via satellite, cable and broadband directly to subscribers in Italy (in the case of SKY Italia) and Germany and Austria (in the case of Sky Deutschland). The DBS segment derives revenues principally from subscriber fees. The Company believes that the quality and variety of programming, audio and interactive programming including personal video recorders, quality of picture including high definition channels, access to service, customer service and price are the key elements for gaining and maintaining market share. The DBS segment's competition includes companies that offer video, audio, interactive programming, telephony, data and other information and entertainment services, including broadcasters of free-to-air television channels, broadband Internet providers, digital terrestrial transmission services, wireless companies and companies that are developing new media technologies.

The DBS segment's most significant operating expenses are those related to the acquisition of entertainment, movie and sports programming and subscribers and the expenses related to operating the technical facilities. Operating expenses related to sports programming are generally recognized over the course of the related sport season, which may cause fluctuations in the operating results of this segment.

The continued challenging economic environment in Europe has contributed to a reduction in consumer spending and has posed challenges for subscriber retention and growth. If this trend continues, it could have a material effect on the operating results of the DBS segment.

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

The Other, Corporate and Eliminations segment consists primarily of corporate overhead and eliminations and other businesses.

Other Business Developments

In September 2013, the Company acquired the 22% interest it did not already own in Latin America Pay Television ("LAPTV"), an entity that distributes premium and basic television channels in Latin America, for approximately $75 million in cash. As a result of this transaction, the Company now owns 100% of LAPTV.

In November 2013, the Company sold its remaining 12% interest in Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd. ("Phoenix") for approximately $210 million. The Company recorded a gain of $199 million on this transaction which was included in Other, net in the unaudited consolidated statements of operations for the nine months ended March 31, 2014.

In December 2013, Sky Deutschland, a majority-owned consolidated subsidiary of the Company, agreed to acquire from Constantin Medien AG, a 100% interest in the production company PLAZAMEDIA TV and Film Produktion GmbH ("Plazamedia") as well as a 25.1% equity stake in Sport1 GmbH and Constantin Sport Marketing GmbH for 57.5 million (approximately $80 million), net of cash acquired. Plazamedia is an established full-service provider for television and new media as well as one of the leading producers of sports television in the German-speaking markets. This transaction will be financed under Sky Deutschland's credit agreement, as amended. (See Note 10 - Borrowings to the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements for further discussion)


In January 2014, the Company agreed to sell its 47% interest in CMC-News Asia Holdings Limited, which has a carrying value of approximately $80 million. The Company expects this transaction to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and expects to record a gain on the sale.

On February 28, 2014, the Company acquired an additional 31% interest in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network ("YES Network"), a RSN primarily broadcasting pre-season and regular season games for the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Nets, for approximately $680 million, net of cash acquired. As a result of this transaction, the Company consolidated the balance sheet and operating results of the YES Network beginning March 2014, including $1.7 billion in debt, as it owns an 80% controlling interest.

In March 2014, the Company received approval from its stockholders and subsequently the Australian Securities Exchange (the "ASX") for removal of its full foreign listing from the ASX. Delisting from the ASX occurred on May 8, 2014 and, effective as of that date, all of Twenty-First Century Fox's Class A and Class B Common Stock is listed solely on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Results of Operations-For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014 versus the three and nine months ended March 31, 2013

The following table sets forth the Company's operating results for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the three and nine months ended March 31, 2013.

                                          For the three months ended                  For the nine months ended
                                                  March 31,                                   March 31,
                                     2014          2013         % Change        2014          2013          % Change
                                                                 (in millions, except %)
Revenues:
Affiliate Fees                     $   2,326     $  2,066          13   %     $   6,547     $   5,593          17   %
Subscription                           1,390        1,216          14   %         4,061         2,814          44   %
Advertising                            2,294        1,884          22   %         6,344         5,781          10   %
Content                                2,067        2,098          (1 ) %         6,135         5,978           3   %
Other                                    142           89          60   %           356           297          20   %
Total Revenues                         8,219        7,353          12   %        23,443        20,463          15   %
Operating expenses                    (5,475 )     (4,826 )        13   %       (15,473 )     (12,859 )        20   %
Selling, general and
administrative                          (978 )       (980 )         -   %        (3,082 )      (2,898 )         6   %
Depreciation and amortization           (267 )       (214 )        25   %          (840 )        (569 )        48   %
Impairment charges                         -            -           -   %             -           (35 )        **
Equity earnings of affiliates            170          132          29   %           430           432           -   %
Interest expense, net                   (284 )       (277 )         3   %          (830 )        (802 )         3   %
Interest income                            6            8         (25 ) %            21            39         (46 ) %
Other, net                               (33 )      2,109          **               123         3,672         (97 ) %
Income from continuing operations
before income tax expense              1,358        3,305         (59 ) %         3,792         7,443         (49 ) %
Income tax expense                      (269 )       (728 )       (63 ) %          (929 )      (1,437 )       (35 ) %
Income from continuing operations      1,089        2,577         (58 ) %         2,863         6,006         (52 ) %
(Loss) income from discontinued
operations, net of tax                   (16 )        321          **               696         1,625         (57 ) %
Net income                             1,073        2,898         (63 ) %         3,559         7,631         (53 ) %
Less: Net income attributable to
noncontrolling interests                 (20 )        (44 )       (55 ) %           (44 )        (163 )       (73 ) %
Net income attributable to
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
stockholders                       $   1,053     $  2,854         (63 ) %     $   3,515     $   7,468         (53 ) %

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Overview - The Company's revenues increased 12% and 15% for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods of fiscal 2013, primarily due to increases in advertising, affiliate fees and subscription revenues. The increase in advertising revenue for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014 was primarily due to revenues arising from the broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII in February 2014. The increases in affiliate fees for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2014 were principally attributable to higher average rates per subscriber across most cable channels, higher retransmission consent revenues and the conversion and related launch of new channels, including Fox Sports 1. Also contributing to the increase in


affiliate fees for the nine months ended March 31, 2014 was the absence of the distributor allowances resulting from the 2012-2013 National Hockey League ("NHL") lockout in the prior year, and the incremental impact of the acquisition of Eredivisie Media & Marketing CV ("EMM") and SportsTime Ohio and the . . .

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