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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.05
DISCA's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
53% of the 463 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. DISCA: 0.05 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.05

Equity to Asset 0.37
DISCA's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
64% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. DISCA: 0.37 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 0.79
Current: 0.37

0.37
0.79
Interest Coverage 6.53
DISCA's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
67% of the 266 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.02 vs. DISCA: 6.53 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 5.14   Max: 9999.99
Current: 6.53

5.14
9999.99
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 2.13
M-Score: -2.41
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 36.10
DISCA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 448 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 10.01 vs. DISCA: 36.10 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -59.15   Max: 43.26
Current: 36.1

-59.15
43.26
Net-margin (%) 19.42
DISCA's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 448 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.57 vs. DISCA: 19.42 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -102.72   Max: 27.16
Current: 19.42

-102.72
27.16
ROE (%) 17.35
DISCA's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 430 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.44 vs. DISCA: 17.35 )
DISCA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -17   Max: 17.37
Current: 17.35

-17
17.37
ROA (%) 7.18
DISCA's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 450 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.65 vs. DISCA: 7.18 )
DISCA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -11.26   Max: 9.5
Current: 7.18

-11.26
9.5
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 161.26
DISCA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 447 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 27.47 vs. DISCA: 161.26 )
DISCA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -35.83   Max: 185.13
Current: 161.26

-35.83
185.13
Revenue Growth (%) 21.10
DISCA's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 412 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. DISCA: 21.10 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 217.5
Current: 21.1

0
217.5
EBITDA Growth (%) 28.90
DISCA's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 335 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. DISCA: 28.90 )
DISCA' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 145.6
Current: 28.9

0
145.6
EPS Growth (%) 25.60
DISCA's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 322 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. DISCA: 25.60 )
DISCA' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 92
Current: 25.6

0
92
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Guru Trades

Q3 2013

DISCA Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 63,250 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 20,000 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 107,830 sh (+43.09%)
Ron Baron 1,525,527 sh (+0.17%)
Murray Stahl 1,049,604 sh (+0.06%)
Mario Gabelli 570,719 sh (-1.6%)
Ken Fisher 148,089 sh (-6.08%)
Jeff Auxier 2,866 sh (-20.74%)
Steven Cohen 12,717 sh (-75.25%)
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Q4 2013

DISCA Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Caxton Associates 21,777 sh (New)
Jeff Auxier 2,866 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Ron Baron 1,525,296 sh (-0.02%)
Ken Fisher 147,590 sh (-0.34%)
Mario Gabelli 561,108 sh (-1.68%)
Pioneer Investments 103,074 sh (-4.41%)
Murray Stahl 920,965 sh (-12.26%)
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Q1 2014

DISCA Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Jim Simons 145,250 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 503,597 sh (New)
Jeff Auxier 2,866 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 552,369 sh (-1.56%)
Pioneer Investments 100,315 sh (-2.68%)
Ken Fisher 140,014 sh (-5.13%)
Ron Baron 1,401,611 sh (-8.11%)
Murray Stahl 831,993 sh (-9.66%)
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Q2 2014

DISCA Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Ken Fisher 129,251 sh (-7.69%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with DISCA

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.03%$48.5 - $55.15 $ 83.3362%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Reduce -22.82%0.01%$40.98 - $50.82 $ 83.3396%6989
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 New Buy0.05%$36.73 - $45.06 $ 83.33102%9056
John Griffin 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.298%$34.75 - $42.5 $ 83.33110%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.1638%$34.75 - $42.5 $ 83.33110%0
John Griffin 2011-06-30 Reduce -50%0.32%$39.78 - $45.35 $ 83.3398%482500
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 New Buy0.16%$39.78 - $45.35 $ 83.3398%28616
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $39.78 - $45.35 $ 83.3398%0
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Guru Investment Theses on Discovery Communications Inc

Baron Funds Comments on Discovery Communications - May 02, 2014

Shares of Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA), a leading global cable network programming operator, fell after reporting weaker results for its fourth quarter 2013, as well as lower ratings for its television content. Since then, Discovery's ratings have improved, and its 2014 financial guidance appears increasingly achievable. We remain positive on Discovery, as we believe it will disproportionately benefit from the continued growth in its international markets for the next several years, aided by its recent European acquisitions, Eurosport and SBS.



From Baron Funds' first quarter 2014 letter to investors.



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Baron Funds Comments on Discover Communications Inc. - May 01, 2013

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA) owns and operates several cable networks, including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the Learning Channel. Its networks have achieved ongoing increases in their viewership levels, which have allowed the company to charge higher rates to advertisers and to the cable systems that deliver their networks.We expect Discovery to continue to profit from lucrative deals with distributors that would like to offer the company's content through Internet-based platforms.

From Baron Funds’ first quarter 2013 letter.


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Baron Funds Comments on Discovery Communications
Shares of Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA), a leading global cable network programming operator, fell after reporting weaker results for its fourth quarter 2013, as well as lower ratings for its television content. Since then, Discovery's ratings have improved, and its 2014 financial guidance appears increasingly achievable. We remain positive on Discovery, as we believe it will disproportionately benefit from the continued growth in its international markets for the next several years, aided by its recent European acquisitions, Eurosport and SBS. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 25.50
DISCA's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
76% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 31.80 vs. DISCA: 25.50 )
DISCA' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.1   Max: 293.1
Current: 25.5

13.1
293.1
P/B 4.80
DISCA's P/B is ranked higher than
67% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.89 vs. DISCA: 4.80 )
DISCA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 4.89
Current: 4.8

0.52
4.89
P/S 5.00
DISCA's P/S is ranked higher than
56% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.13 vs. DISCA: 5.00 )
DISCA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.16   Max: 18.72
Current: 5

1.16
18.72
PFCF 25.40
DISCA's PFCF is ranked higher than
80% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 48.11 vs. DISCA: 25.40 )
DISCA' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 8.49   Max: 2286.2
Current: 25.4

8.49
2286.2
EV-to-EBIT 12.07
DISCA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
86% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 23.04 vs. DISCA: 12.07 )
DISCA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.6   Max: 25.4
Current: 12.07

8.6
25.4
PEG 1.30
DISCA's PEG is ranked higher than
91% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. DISCA: 1.30 )
DISCA' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 3.34
Current: 1.3

0.34
3.34
Shiller P/E 35.30
DISCA's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
84% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. DISCA: 35.30 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 33.36   Max: 82.4
Current: 35.3

33.36
82.4
Current Ratio 1.09
DISCA's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
82% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.53 vs. DISCA: 1.09 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.95   Max: 4.45
Current: 1.09

0.95
4.45
Quick Ratio 1.09
DISCA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
85% of the 455 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.32 vs. DISCA: 1.09 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.95   Max: 4.45
Current: 1.09

0.95
4.45

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.80
DISCA's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
82% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.09 vs. DISCA: 1.80 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.36   Max: 2.44
Current: 1.8

1.36
2.44
Price/Median PS Value 1.00
DISCA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
79% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. DISCA: 1.00 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 3.43
Current: 1

0.26
3.43
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 1.10
DISCA's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
93% of the 491 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. DISCA: 1.10 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 3.03
Current: 1.1

0.59
3.03
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.30
DISCA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
81% of the 396 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.10 vs. DISCA: 8.30 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.9   Max: 11.6
Current: 8.3

3.9
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 24.13
DISCA's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
89% of the 377 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.21 vs. DISCA: 24.13 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 52.8
Current: 24.13

0.7
52.8

Business Description

Industry: Entertainment » Media - Diversified
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Discovery Communications, Inc. was formed on September 17, 2008, in connection with Discovery Holding Company 'DHC' and Advance/Newhouse Programming Partnership 'Advance/Newhouse' combining their respective ownership interests in Discovery Communications Holding, LLC ('DCH') and exchanging those interests with and into Discovery (the 'Discovery Formation'). The Company is a global nonfiction media and entertainment company that provides programming across multiple distribution platforms throughout the world. The Company distributes customized programming, in over 40 languages, in the U.S. and over 200 other countries and territories. Its global portfolio of networks includes prominent television brands such as Discovery Channel, one of the first nonfiction networks and its widely distributed global brand, TLC and Animal Planet. It also has a diversified portfolio of websites and other digital media services, develop and sell curriculum-based products and services, and provide postproduction audio services. Its content spans genres including science, exploration, survival, natural history, sustainability of the environment, technology, docu-series, anthropology, paleontology, history, space, archaeology, health and wellness, engineering, adventure, lifestyles, forensics, civilizations and current events. The Company's programming tends to maintain its relevance for an extended period of time. As a result, a significant amount of its content translates well across international borders and is made even more accessible through extensive use of dubbing and subtitles in local languages. The Company also creates local programming tailored to individual market preferences. The Company own and lease 1.6 million square feet of building space for the conduct of its businesses at 49 locations throughout the world. In the U.S. alone, it own and lease approximately 597,000 and 775,000 square feet of building space, respectively, at 19 locations. The Company's networks compete with other television networks, including broadcast, cable and local, for the distribution of its programming and fees charged to cable television operators, DTH satellite service providers and other distributors that carry its network programming. The Company's networks and websites also compete for their target audiences with all forms of programming and other media provided to viewers, including broadcast, cable and local networks, pay-per-view and VOD services, DVDs, online activities and other forms of news, information and entertainment. Its businesses are subject to and affected by regulations of U.S. federal, state and local government authorities, and its international operations are subject to laws and regulations of local countries and international bodies such as the European Union.
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