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The New Disney ($DIS), Opportunity?
Posted by: Intelligent Speculator (IP Logged)
Date: November 5, 2012 07:28AM
Don’t get carried away. The $4B purchase of Lucas studio and its rights to Star Wars is not the reason why I’m suddenly interested in Disney. It doesn’t hurt because I do think that Disney is a perfect fit but let’s not kid ourselves, the impact of that acquisition on Disney’s bottom line will likely be very small and that is not the reason you’d be buying shares of Disney anyway.
Common Misconception About DisneyI know that we all think of Disney as the land of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, princesses, and all of the other characters that we have all learned to love in our childhoods and then rekindled with once we got our kids (I’m about to enter that phase haha). And yes, to an extent, Disney does still make money out of its tv shows and movies, its theme parks and everything else in the Disney empire.
How Big Is ESPN?In fact, ESPN contributed $18.7B in revenues last year which is nearly half of Disney’s $40.9B!! So yes, ESPN is by far the biggest portion of Disney with the theme parks lagging at $11.8B and film studios far behind at $6.3B. I’ve heard some say that Disney should spin off ESPN but I do think that they complement each other incredibly well. It’s important to understand how critical ESPN is though because when you’re looking at Disney, you should not imagine this traditional children centered
How Do ESPN’s Financials Look?First, here is a look at the stock over the past decade:
Dividend Stock? Reasonably..So yes, Disney has been able to increase its dividend in the past few years but it remains under 1.50%, which is probably enough to attract someone who considers dividend important (such as myself) but probably not enough to justify a spot in a dividend portfolio such as the USDP. Here
Strong Fundamental Numbers
I am personally very impressed with Disney’s growth in recent years which should not be shocking when you consider how much growth ESPN has seen. That being said, there continues to be a lot of competition for Disney and with NBC Sports now becoming a top priority and FOX Sports also bringing in quality stuff and a lot of budgets, it’ll be a challenge for ESPN to remain as dominant. That being said, I think ESPN has by far the best product, the best integration across platforms and if you want to read more about how ESPN became so big, I highly recommend this article from Business Week
Convinced?I think Disney is a nice fundamental long term play, what are your thoughts on it?
Disclaimer: No positions on Disney
Stocks Discussed: DIS,
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