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Subject: Re: Part Deux: SNI Date: 5/14/2013 12:36 PM
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CBS:

they beat by 5c last Q
ad market has improved post-election, surprising to me
cancellations low
Super Bowl, AFC_C, Grammy's, March Madness will drive Q1,2 higher
day shows now profitable
hope to reset prices due to higher VOD levels which Nielsen captures
higher $$$ from NFLX in new deal post-Feb
could do deal with AMZN/AAPL
success at Showtime, could improve Int'l distribution
great syndication pipeline
12x 2013 est
high FCF 8.5%
share repurchase
trades at discount to group even with solid growth profile
done good job with cost-cutting
rolling out digital billboards
OpMargin rising
Leverage falling



Last 5 months CBS up 40% vs SPX up 15%.

They reported May 1:

" Net earnings from continuing operations were $463 million for the first quarter of 2013, or $.73 per diluted share, up from $394 million, or $.59 per diluted share, for the same prior-year period. The increase in diluted earnings per share reflected the Company's operating income growth, lower interest expense as a result of the Company's 2012 debt refinancing, and lower weighted average shares outstanding as a result of the Company's ongoing share repurchase program. Net earnings for the first quarter of 2012 included the aforementioned impairment charge of $11 million and a pretax gain on early extinguishment of debt of $25 million....

In the first quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased 24.1 million shares of CBS Corp. Class B Common Stock...The Company anticipates that approximately 4.3 million additional shares will be delivered at the conclusion of the ASR during the second quarter of 2013. At March 31, 2013, the Company had $1.25 billion of authorization remaining on its share repurchase program.
Additionally, during the first quarter, the Company extended its $2.0 billion credit facility through March of 2018 at more favorable terms. "
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