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Viacom Reports Results For First Quarter 2013

January 31, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

    Fiscal Year 2013 Results

                                                                                                                            Quarter Ended
                                                                                                                            December 31,         B/(W)
                                                                                                                            ------------         -----
                                                                                                                                                                        2012 vs.
    (in millions, except per share amounts)                                                                                                 2012       2011        2011
                                                                                                                                            ----       ----        ----

    Revenues                                                                                                                              $3,314            $3,952             (16)%
    Operating income                                                                                                                         797             1,016              (22)
    Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom                                                                           473               591              (20)
    Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom*                                                                 461               591              (22)
    Diluted EPS from continuing operations                                                                                                  0.93              1.06              (12)
    Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations*                                                                                       $0.91             $1.06             (14)%

    * Adjusted measures referenced in this release are detailed in the Supplemental Disclosures at the end of this release.

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today reported financial results for the fiscal first quarter, which ended December 31, 2012. Revenues decreased 16% to $3.31 billion, driven primarily by lower Filmed Entertainment revenues due to the timing and mix of releases. Operating income and adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom declined 22% to $797 million and $461 million, respectively, reflecting lower Filmed Entertainment results and a decline in Media Networks advertising revenues, partially offset by increased affiliate revenues. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations decreased 14% to $0.91 per diluted share.

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Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman of Viacom, said, “Viacom continues to build on its impressive global portfolio of movies, television programming and digital content. Philippe leads a talented executive and creative team at Viacom, and I am fully confident that by investing in new hits we will continue to build our outstanding brands and deliver strong value to shareholders.”

Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, “Throughout the quarter, we kept our focus on creative excellence and strategic programming investment. Our ongoing investments in programming continue to produce results, with positive ratings trends and growing consumer engagement in new hit content, despite difficult short-term comparisons based on the mix of film releases and the lingering effect of ratings softness last year. Our television brands continue to be highly valued by distribution partners, highlighted by our double digit organic affiliate revenue growth. Paramount is well positioned for the future, with several upcoming tentpole releases, including G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z. In addition, we are working closely with existing distribution partners and new digital distributors to continue to launch robust and consumer-friendly content experiences.

“Viacom’s ability to generate significant cash flow permits us to continuously invest in our businesses and deliver value directly to shareholders through our share repurchase and dividend programs. Viacom’s strong balance sheet has provided the flexibility to tap the financing markets and lower our average cost of debt.”

    Revenues

                          Quarter Ended
                          December 31,          B/(W)
                          ------------          -----
                                                                        2012 vs.
    (in millions)                         2012        2011         2011
                                          ----        ----         ----

    Media Networks                      $2,394             $2,448                 (2)%
    Filmed Entertainment                   975              1,558                 (37)
    Eliminations                           (55)               (54)                 NM
                                           ---                ---

           Total revenues               $3,314             $3,952                (16)%
                                        ======             ======

    NM - Not Meaningful

Quarterly revenues of $3.31 billion represented a 16% decline from the prior year. Media Networks revenues decreased 2% to $2.39 billion, driven by lower advertising revenues, partially offset by increased affiliate revenues. Domestic and worldwide advertising revenues each decreased 6%. The decline in domestic advertising revenues was driven by lower ratings. Domestic affiliate revenues increased 4%. Excluding the impact of digital distribution arrangements, which are affected by the timing of available programming, the domestic affiliate revenue growth rate was in the low-double digits. Worldwide affiliate fees increased 3%.

Filmed Entertainment revenues were down 37% to $975 million. Worldwide theatrical revenues decreased 42% in the quarter to $328 million, principally reflecting the difficult comparison against the prior year release of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, as well as the year over year comparison of revenue from third-party theatrical releases. Worldwide home entertainment revenues declined 43%, principally resulting from fewer releases in the quarter compared to the first quarter of 2012. The decline in home entertainment revenues also reflects lower carryover revenues from the prior period release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Television license fees decreased 24% to $227 million in the quarter.

    Operating Income
     (Loss)

                        Quarter Ended
                        December 31,          B/(W)
                        ------------          -----
                                                                      2012 vs.
    (in millions)                       2012        2011         2011
                                        ----        ----         ----

    Media Networks                    $1,030             $1,129               (9)%
    Filmed
     Entertainment                      (139)               (31)               NM
    Corporate expenses                   (60)               (53)              (13)
    Equity-based
     compensation                        (31)               (29)               (7)
    Eliminations                          (3)                 -                NM
                                         ---                ---

    Operating income                    $797             $1,016              (22)%
                                        ====             ======

    NM - Not Meaningful

Quarterly operating income decreased 22% to $797 million in the quarter, reflecting lower overall revenues from the timing and mix of Filmed Entertainment releases, as well as lower revenues and increased investments in programming at Media Networks.

Quarterly adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom declined $130 million, or 22%, in the quarter, principally due to the decline in operating income. Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the quarter were $0.91, a 14% decline from the prior year’s comparable quarter.

Stock Repurchase Program

For the quarter ended December 31, 2012, Viacom repurchased 13.3 million shares under its stock repurchase program, for an aggregate purchase price of $700 million. As of December 31, 2012, Viacom had 496 million shares of Common stock outstanding. As of January 30, 2013, Viacom had $3.85 billion remaining in its $10 billion stock repurchase program.

Debt

At December 31, 2012, total debt outstanding, including capital lease obligations, was $8.39 billion, compared with $8.15 billion at September 30, 2012. The Company’s cash balances were $671 million at December 31, 2012, a decrease from $848 million at September 30, 2012.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories. With media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands 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. Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements that are not statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectations concerning future results, objectives, plans and goals, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: the public acceptance of the Company’s programs, motion pictures and other entertainment content on the various platforms on which they are distributed; technological developments and their effect in the Company’s markets and on consumer behavior; competition for audiences and distribution; the impact of piracy; economic conditions generally, and in advertising and retail markets in particular; fluctuations in the Company’s results due to the timing, mix and availability of the Company’s motion pictures and other programming; changes in the Federal communications laws and regulations; other domestic and global economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting the Company’s businesses generally; and other factors described in the Company’s news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to its 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements included in this document are made only as of the date of this document, and the Company does not have any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. If applicable, reconciliations for any non-GAAP financial information contained in this news release are included in this news release or available on the Company’s website at http://www.viacom.com .

                                       VIACOM INC.
                           CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
                                       (Unaudited)
                                       ----------

                             Quarter Ended
                             December 31,
                             ------------
    (in
     millions,
     except per
     share
     amounts)                         2012                       2011
                                      ----                       ----

    Revenues                                             $3,314       $3,952
    Expenses:
           Operating                                      1,763        2,185
           Selling,
            general and
            administrative                                  697          689
           Depreciation
            and
            amortization                                     57           62

           Total
            expenses                                      2,517        2,936

    Operating
     income                                                 797        1,016
    Interest
     expense,
     net                                                   (110)        (105)
    Equity in
     net
     earnings of
     investee
     companies                                               24           10
    Other items,
     net                                                      7           (4)
                                                            ---          ---

    Earnings
     from
     continuing
     operations
     before
     provision
     for income
     taxes                                                  718          917

    Provision
     for income
     taxes                                                 (236)        (316)
                                                           ----         ----

    Net earnings
     from
     continuing
     operations                                             482          601
    Discontinued
     operations,
     net of tax                                              (3)        (379)
                                                            ---         ----

    Net earnings
     (Viacom and
     noncontrolling
     interests)                                             479          222

    Net earnings
     attributable
     to
     noncontrolling
     interests                                               (9)         (10)
                                                            ---          ---

    Net earnings
     attributable
     to Viacom                                             $470         $212
                                                           ====         ====

    Amounts
     attributable
     to Viacom:
          Net earnings
           from
           continuing
           operations                                      $473         $591
          Discontinued
           operations,
           net of tax                                        (3)        (379)
                                                            ---         ----

          Net earnings
           attributable
           to Viacom                                       $470         $212
                                                           ====         ====

    Basic
     earnings
     per share
     attributable
     to Viacom:
          Continuing
           operations                                     $0.94        $1.07
          Discontinued
           operations                                         -        (0.68)
                                                            ---        -----
          Net earnings                                    $0.94        $0.39
                                                          =====        =====

    Diluted
     earnings
     per share
     attributable
     to Viacom:
          Continuing
           operations                                     $0.93        $1.06
          Discontinued
           operations                                     (0.01)       (0.68)
                                                          -----        -----
          Net earnings                                    $0.92        $0.38
                                                          =====        =====

    Weighted
     average
     number of
     common
     shares
     outstanding:
          Basic                                           501.5        550.6
          Diluted                                         509.1        557.2

    Dividends
     declared
     per share
     of Class A
     and Class B
     common
     stock                                               $0.275        $0.25

                                                                                                    VIACOM INC.
                                                                                            CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                                            ---------------------------

                                                                                                                                    December 31,          September 30,
    (in millions, except par value)                                                                                                                 2012                   2012
                                                                                                                                                    ----                   ----

                                                                                                                        (Unaudited)
    ASSETS
    Current assets:
               Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                            $671                   $848
               Receivables, net                                                                                                                    2,602                  2,533
               Inventory, net                                                                                                                        797                    832
               Deferred tax assets, net                                                                                                               68                     68
               Prepaid and other assets                                                                                                              485                    572
                                                                                                                                                     ---                    ---

                          Total current assets                                                                                                     4,623                  4,853
    Property and equipment, net                                                                                                                    1,046                  1,068
    Inventory, net                                                                                                                                 4,105                  4,205
    Goodwill                                                                                                                                      11,067                 11,045
    Intangibles, net                                                                                                                                 322                    328
    Other assets                                                                                                                                     734                    751
                                                                                                                                                     ---                    ---

    Total assets                                                                                                                                 $21,897                $22,250
                                                                                                                                                 =======                =======

    LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

    Current liabilities:
               Accounts payable                                                                                                                     $193                   $255
               Accrued expenses                                                                                                                      913                    943
               Participants' share and residuals                                                                                                   1,166                    989
               Program rights obligations                                                                                                            588                    569
               Deferred revenue                                                                                                                      210                    230
               Current portion of debt                                                                                                                18                     18
               Other liabilities                                                                                                                     634                    826
                                                                                                                                                     ---                    ---

                          Total current liabilities                                                                                                3,722                  3,830

    Noncurrent portion of debt                                                                                                                     8,371                  8,131
    Participants' share and residuals                                                                                                                378                    533
    Program rights obligations                                                                                                                       571                    642
    Deferred tax liabilities, net                                                                                                                     70                      5
    Other liabilities                                                                                                                              1,454                  1,491
    Redeemable noncontrolling interest                                                                                                               175                    179

    Commitments and contingencies

    Viacom stockholders' equity:
               Class A Common stock, par value $0.001, 375.0 authorized; 51.1 and 51.1
                    outstanding, respectively                                                                                                          -                      -
               Class B Common stock, par value $0.001, 5,000.0 authorized; 445.2 and 455.9
                    outstanding, respectively                                                                                                          -                      1
               Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                          8,997                  8,916
               Treasury stock, 280.4 and 267.1 common shares held in treasury, respectively                                                      (11,725)               (11,025)
               Retained earnings                                                                                                                  10,149                  9,820
               Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                 (256)                  (264)
                                                                                                                                                    ----                   ----

                          Total Viacom stockholders' equity                                                                                        7,165                  7,448

    Noncontrolling interests                                                                                                                          (9)                    (9)
                                                                                                                                                     ---                    ---

    Total equity                                                                                                                                   7,156                  7,439
                                                                                                                                                   -----                  -----

    Total liabilities and equity                                                                                                                 $21,897                $22,250
                                                                                                                                                 =======                =======

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The following table reconciles the Company’s results for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 to adjusted results that exclude the impact of certain items identified as affecting comparability (“Factors Affecting Comparability”), including discrete tax benefits. The Company uses consolidated adjusted operating income, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom and adjusted diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) from continuing operations, as applicable, among other measures, to evaluate the Company’s actual operating performance and for planning and forecasting of future periods. The Company believes that the adjusted results provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify the Company’s actual operating performance, make it easier to compare Viacom’s results with those of other companies and allow investors to review performance in the same way as our management. Since these are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, operating income, net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom and diluted EPS as indicators of operating performance, and they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.

    (in millions, except per share amounts)

                                                  Quarter Ended
                                                December 31, 2012
                                                -----------------
                                                                                                                     Diluted EPS
                                                                  Pre-tax Earnings         Net Earnings from            from
                                             Operating             from Continuing       Continuing Operations       Continuing
                                               Income               Operations(1)       Attributable to Viacom       Operations
                                               ------               ------------        ----------------------       ----------

    Reported results                                        $797                   $718                        $473              $0.93
    Factors Affecting Comparability:
                   Discrete tax benefits (2)                   -                      -                         (12)             (0.02)
                                                             ---                    ---                         ---              -----

    Adjusted results                                        $797                   $718                        $461              $0.91
                                                            ====                   ====                        ====              =====
    (1)            Pre-tax earnings from
                   continuing operations
                   represent earnings before
                   provision for income taxes.
                   Adjusted results for the
                   quarter ended December 31,
                   2012 exclude $12 million of
                   discrete tax benefits.  The
                   benefits recognized in the
                   quarter principally reflect
                   the release of tax reserves
                   with respect to certain
                   effectively settled tax
    (2)            positions.

SOURCE Viacom Inc.


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