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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 : 6/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.08
VIA's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
55% of the 543 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. VIA: 0.08 )
VIA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.04   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.08

Equity to Asset 0.16
VIA's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
54% of the 527 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.45 vs. VIA: 0.16 )
VIA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 0.73
Current: 0.16

0.16
0.73
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 2.92
M-Score: -2.53
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 : 8/10

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Operating margin (%) 29.62
VIA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 543 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 8.60 vs. VIA: 29.62 )
VIA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 17.25   Max: 29.62
Current: 29.62

17.25
29.62
Net-margin (%) 17.35
VIA's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 543 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.17 vs. VIA: 17.35 )
VIA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.65   Max: 17.36
Current: 17.35

3.65
17.36
ROE (%) 53.64
VIA's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 512 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 7.17 vs. VIA: 53.64 )
VIA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.01   Max: 53.66
Current: 53.64

2.01
53.66
ROA (%) 10.26
VIA's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 547 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.79 vs. VIA: 10.26 )
VIA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.44   Max: 10.4
Current: 10.26

1.44
10.4
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 246.59
VIA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 543 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 19.39 vs. VIA: 246.59 )
VIA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 205.37   Max: 399.81
Current: 246.59

205.37
399.81
Revenue Growth (%) 7.60
VIA's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. VIA: 7.60 )
VIA' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 22.9
Current: 7.6

0
22.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 9.50
VIA's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 407 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. VIA: 9.50 )
VIA' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 52.3
Current: 9.5

0
52.3
EPS Growth (%) 14.60
VIA's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 364 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. VIA: 14.60 )
VIA' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -12.4   Max: 83.5
Current: 14.6

-12.4
83.5
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

VIA Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 89,050 sh (+16.94%)
Mario Gabelli 3,468,436 sh (+0.55%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
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Q1 2014

VIA Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Jim Simons 99,550 sh (+11.79%)
Mario Gabelli 3,421,123 sh (-1.36%)
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Q2 2014

VIA Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 106,550 sh (+7.03%)
Mario Gabelli 3,427,420 sh (+0.18%)
Steven Cohen 2,500 sh (unchged)
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Q3 2014

VIA Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Steven Cohen 8,500 sh (+240%)
Jim Simons 117,150 sh (+9.95%)
Mario Gabelli 3,348,632 sh (-2.3%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with VIA

(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 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.03%$79.31 - $87.54 $ 73.73-11%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Add 148.77%0.02%$68.12 - $84.65 $ 73.73-5%9401
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 New Buy0.01%$62.65 - $70.39 $ 73.7310%3779
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.23%$54.27 - $66.45 $ 73.7320%0
Donald Yacktman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$54.27 - $66.45 $ 73.7320%0
Donald Yacktman 2012-06-30 Reduce -13.65%$50 - $53.87 $ 73.7343%18975
Joel Greenblatt 2012-03-31 Add 105.19%0.19%$51.94 - $55.53 $ 73.7346%89571
Joel Greenblatt 2011-12-31 New Buy0.24%$45.91 - $54.77 $ 73.7345%43652
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Guru Investment Theses on Viacom Inc

Mario Gabelli Comments on Viacom Inc - Jul 25, 2014

Viacom Inc. (VIA) (0.9%) (VIA - $86.75 - NASDAQ) is a pure-play content company that owns a global stable of cable networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET, and the Paramount movie studio. Viacom’s cable networks generate revenue from advertising sales, fixed monthly subscriber fees, and ancillary revenue from toy licensing, etc. The company benefited from a cyclical rebound in advertising and a shift in audience from broadcast networks to cable. Paramount has posted a series of box office successes, with franchises such as Star Trek, Iron Man, and Transformers. Supported by its strong results and outlook, the company expects to repurchase $6.5 billion of stock over the next two years.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s The Gabelli Equity Income Fund Second Quarter 2014 Shareholder Commentary.

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Yacktman Funds Comments on Viacom - Mar 13, 2013

Viacom (VIA) produced strong free cash flow and the stock appreciated solidly last year, though the company struggled with ratings at networks like Nickelodeon and MTV. Viacom has recently stepped-up its investments in new programming which we believe will help results this year.

From Yacktman Funds 2012 annual letter.


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Viacom Inc. (VIA) (0.9%) (VIA - $86.75 - NASDAQ) is a pure-play content company that owns a global stable of cable networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, BET, and the Paramount movie studio. Viacom’s cable networks generate revenue from advertising sales, fixed monthly subscriber fees, and ancillary revenue from toy licensing, etc. The company benefited from a cyclical rebound in advertising and a shift in audience from broadcast networks to cable. Paramount has posted a series of box office successes, with franchises such as Star Trek, Iron Man, and Transformers. Supported by its strong results and outlook, the company expects to repurchase $6.5 billion of stock over the next two years. Read more...
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 13.50
VIA's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
89% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 43.20 vs. VIA: 13.50 )
VIA' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.69   Max: 26.14
Current: 13.5

5.69
26.14
P/B 8.39
VIA's P/B is ranked higher than
58% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.83 vs. VIA: 8.39 )
VIA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.26   Max: 9.25
Current: 8.39

1.26
9.25
P/S 2.35
VIA's P/S is ranked higher than
68% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.08 vs. VIA: 2.35 )
VIA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 3.45
Current: 2.35

0.64
3.45
PFCF 12.96
VIA's PFCF is ranked higher than
88% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 44.00 vs. VIA: 12.96 )
VIA' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.95   Max: 35.86
Current: 12.96

4.95
35.86
EV-to-EBIT 10.30
VIA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
90% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 25.32 vs. VIA: 10.30 )
VIA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.8   Max: 16.2
Current: 10.3

5.8
16.2
PEG 1.18
VIA's PEG is ranked higher than
95% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VIA: 1.18 )
VIA' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 3.8
Current: 1.18

0.39
3.8
Shiller P/E 19.48
VIA's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VIA: 19.48 )
VIA' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.77   Max: 26.28
Current: 19.48

16.77
26.28
Current Ratio 1.33
VIA's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
69% of the 534 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.42 vs. VIA: 1.33 )
VIA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 1.77
Current: 1.33

0.91
1.77
Quick Ratio 1.12
VIA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
67% of the 533 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. VIA: 1.12 )
VIA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 1.57
Current: 1.12

0.75
1.57

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.75
VIA's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
53% of the 301 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. VIA: 1.75 )
VIA' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 2.11
Current: 1.75

0.38
2.11
Dividend Payout 0.23
VIA's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
91% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VIA: 0.23 )
VIA' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 0.29
Current: 0.23

0.22
0.29
Dividend growth (3y) 16.30
VIA's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
85% of the 203 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.80 vs. VIA: 16.30 )
VIA' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 16.3
Current: 16.3

0
16.3
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.80
VIA's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
58% of the 311 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.48 vs. VIA: 1.80 )
VIA' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 2.11
Current: 1.8

0.38
2.11
Share Buyback Rate 9.50
VIA's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 370 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: -0.50 vs. VIA: 9.50 )
VIA' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: 1.6
Current: 9.5

0
1.6

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.01
VIA's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
88% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.12 vs. VIA: 1.01 )
VIA' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1   Max: 1.65
Current: 1.01

1
1.65
Price/Median PS Value 1.08
VIA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
77% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.24 vs. VIA: 1.08 )
VIA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 1.45
Current: 1.08

0.39
1.45
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.86
VIA's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
97% of the 574 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. VIA: 0.86 )
VIA' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.9   Max: 2.65
Current: 0.86

0.9
2.65
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.70
VIA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
89% of the 537 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.20 vs. VIA: 9.70 )
VIA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 17.2
Current: 9.7

6.2
17.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 21.75
VIA's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
89% of the 337 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 10.22 vs. VIA: 21.75 )
VIA' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 9.1   Max: 35.4
Current: 21.75

9.1
35.4

Analyst Estimate

Sep15 Sep16 Sep17
Revenue(Mil) 14,641 15,370 16,750
EPS($) 5.93 6.72 7.49
EPS without NRI($) 5.93 6.72 7.49

Business Description

Industry: Entertainment » Media - Diversified
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Traded in other countries:VCX.Germany, VCXA.Germany,
Viacom Inc was organized in Delaware in 2005. The Company is an entertainment content Company that connects with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 160 countries and territories. The Company operates through two reporting segments: Media Networks, which includes MTV Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment segment provides entertainment content and related branded products for consumers in targeted demographics attractive to advertisers, content distributors and retailers. Media Networks operates its media networks businesses through four brand groups: Music & Logo, Nickelodeon, Entertainment and BET Networks. Its operated TV channels include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA & among others. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, acquires and distributes motion pictures and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies brands. The following brands, logos, trade names, trademarks and related trademark families are a few of those strongly identified with the product lines they represent and are significant assets of the Company: Viacom, MTV, MTV2, mtvU, VH1, VH1 Classic, CMT, Palladia, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, NickMom, Comedy Central, TV Land, SPIKE, BET Networks, BET, CENTRIC, BET Gospel, BET Hip Hop, BET.com, BET Mobile, Tr3s, VIVA, Paramount Channel, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television and other domestic and international program services and digital properties. Its businesses are subject to and affected by regulations of U.S. federal, state and local governmental authorities, and its international operations are subject to laws and regulations of local countries and pan-national bodies such as the European Union.
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