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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 : 4/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.02
VIA's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
95% of the 395 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. VIA: 0.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
VIA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.02   Max: N/A
Current: 0.02

Equity to Asset 0.11
VIA's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
89% of the 337 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. VIA: 0.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
VIA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 0.42
Current: 0.11

0.11
0.42
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 2.78
M-Score: -2.56
WACC vs ROIC
5.96%
14.48%
WACC
ROIC
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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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 23.30
VIA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 390 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.90 vs. VIA: 23.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 17.25   Max: 29.62
Current: 23.3

17.25
29.62
Net-margin (%) 12.93
VIA's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 390 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.74 vs. VIA: 12.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 3.65   Max: 17.36
Current: 12.93

3.65
17.36
ROE (%) 49.84
VIA's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 372 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.61 vs. VIA: 49.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 2.01   Max: 53.66
Current: 49.84

2.01
53.66
ROA (%) 7.77
VIA's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 396 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.39 vs. VIA: 7.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.44   Max: 10.4
Current: 7.77

1.44
10.4
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 197.71
VIA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 391 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 11.91 vs. VIA: 197.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 215.59   Max: 399.81
Current: 197.71

215.59
399.81
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.60
VIA's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 304 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. VIA: 7.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 22.9
Current: 7.6

0
22.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 9.50
VIA's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 231 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. VIA: 9.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 52.3
Current: 9.5

0
52.3
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 14.60
VIA's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 202 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. VIA: 14.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
VIA' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -12.4   Max: 83.5
Current: 14.6

-12.4
83.5
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Guru Trades

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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VIA Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Steven Cohen 8,500 sh (+240.00%)
Jim Simons 117,150 sh (+9.95%)
Mario Gabelli 3,348,632 sh (-2.30%)
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Q4 2014

VIA Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 129,550 sh (+10.58%)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 3,339,029 sh (-0.29%)
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VIA Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Mario Gabelli 3,301,419 sh (-1.13%)
Jim Simons 106,950 sh (-17.45%)
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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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Mario Gabelli Comments on Viacom Inc
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...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 16.50
VIA's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
70% of the 289 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 23.30 vs. VIA: 16.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
VIA' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.69   Max: 26.14
Current: 16.5

5.69
26.14
Forward P/E 10.29
VIA's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 268 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 16.69 vs. VIA: 10.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 16.10
VIA's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
71% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 23.80 vs. VIA: 16.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
VIA' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 5.82   Max: 25.26
Current: 16.1

5.82
25.26
P/B 12.00
VIA's P/B is ranked lower than
91% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. VIA: 12.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
VIA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.26   Max: 12.24
Current: 12

1.26
12.24
P/S 2.06
VIA's P/S is ranked lower than
53% of the 547 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.79 vs. VIA: 2.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
VIA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 3.45
Current: 2.06

0.64
3.45
PFCF 12.50
VIA's PFCF is ranked higher than
69% of the 277 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 18.40 vs. VIA: 12.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
VIA' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.95   Max: 35.86
Current: 12.5

4.95
35.86
POCF 11.54
VIA's POCF is ranked lower than
54% of the 262 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 11.14 vs. VIA: 11.54 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
VIA' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 4.43   Max: 24.05
Current: 11.54

4.43
24.05
EV-to-EBIT 12.30
VIA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
68% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 16.95 vs. VIA: 12.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
VIA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 5.8   Max: 16.2
Current: 12.3

5.8
16.2
PEG 1.61
VIA's PEG is ranked higher than
56% of the 102 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.82 vs. VIA: 1.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
VIA' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.4   Max: 14.21
Current: 1.61

0.4
14.21
Shiller P/E 17.70
VIA's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
70% of the 229 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 26.70 vs. VIA: 17.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
VIA' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.54   Max: 26.28
Current: 17.7

16.54
26.28
Current Ratio 1.23
VIA's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
64% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.55 vs. VIA: 1.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
VIA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 1.77
Current: 1.23

0.82
1.77
Quick Ratio 1.01
VIA's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
69% of the 349 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. VIA: 1.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
VIA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 1.57
Current: 1.01

0.59
1.57
Days Inventory 39.59
VIA's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
69% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 17.23 vs. VIA: 39.59 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
VIA' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 19.8   Max: 45.08
Current: 39.59

19.8
45.08
Days Sales Outstanding 72.77
VIA's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
54% of the 332 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 71.04 vs. VIA: 72.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
VIA' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 56.68   Max: 81.19
Current: 72.77

56.68
81.19

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.95
VIA's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
51% of the 341 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.03 vs. VIA: 1.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
VIA' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 2.11
Current: 1.95

0.38
2.11
Dividend Payout 0.31
VIA's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
57% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. VIA: 0.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
VIA' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.15   Max: 0.66
Current: 0.31

0.15
0.66
Dividend growth (3y) 16.30
VIA's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
77% of the 95 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. VIA: 16.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 16.3
Current: 16.3

0
16.3
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.90
VIA's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
58% of the 348 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.35 vs. VIA: 1.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 2.11
Current: 1.9

0.38
2.11
Share Buyback Rate 9.50
VIA's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
93% of the 221 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: -1.70 vs. VIA: 9.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
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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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.80
VIA's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
78% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. VIA: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Projected) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.82   Max: 1.5
Current: 0.8

0.82
1.5
Price/Median PS Value 1.00
VIA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
77% of the 480 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. VIA: 1.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
VIA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.37   Max: 1.47
Current: 1

0.37
1.47
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.80
VIA's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 114 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. VIA: 0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
VIA' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.45   Max: 2.23
Current: 0.8

0.45
2.23
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 8.00
VIA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
79% of the 434 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. VIA: 8.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 17.2
Current: 8

6.2
17.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 27.01
VIA's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
83% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.76 vs. VIA: 27.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) only.
VIA' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 4.8   Max: 35.4
Current: 27.01

4.8
35.4

Analyst Estimate

Sep15 Sep16 Sep17
Revenue(Mil) 14,315 14,821 15,385
EPS($) 5.89 6.57 7.38
EPS without NRI($) 5.89 6.57 7.38

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 television content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 165 countries and territories. The Company operates through two reporting segments; Media Networks, which includes MTV Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related 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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