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10.14.2009 12:00AM
CBS Reaffirms 2009 Outlook
NEW YORK: CBS reaffirmed its outlook on full-year results for 2009, just as Sumner Redstone said he would sell shares of the media company. CBS said it’s expecting operating income before depreciation and amortization to come in between $1.725 billion and $1.925 billion. Redstone’s privately held National Amusements theater chain announced it would sell roughly 28.3 million shares of CBS for expected proceeds of around $345 million. National Amusements intends to retain control of more than 75 percent of the voting control of CBS, however.

CBS (NYSE: CBS.A, CBS) dipped briefly on the announcement, falling from around $12.25 yesterday to nearly $11.80 before rebounding completely in early afternoon trading.

“We are not overly surprised by the fact CBS reaffirmed its full-year guidance given that we continue to hear that trends in the television and radio have been improving,” Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker said. “However, the stock sales were a surprise given that NAI [National Amusements] had no intent to sell further shares after the last time it sold CBS stock--17 million shares of CBS Class B stock on Oct. 13, 2008. Though this will likely put pressure on the stock in the near term, we believe that the resolution of NAI’s debt issues is a positive and will eventually remove the NAI overhang.”

More on CBS:
October 12, 2009: “CBS Scores Retrans With Cablevision
On average, CBS (NYSE: CBS.A) has been getting about 50 cents per subscriber a month.

October 1, 2009: Moody’s Goes Stable on Broadcasting
Moody’s Investors Service changed its outlook on the U.S. TV broadcast industry from “negative” to “stable.”

September 16, 2009: Analyst Upgrades CBS
“... we still see [approximately] 30 percent potential upside to the current price.”

July 28, 2009: CBC Expected to Meet the Street
“Given that Street estimates for CBS have continued to come down over the past month or so, we do not anticipate another significant miss...”

July 1, 2009: Deutshe Bank Cuts CBS Forecast
The investment bank scaled back its outlook because of skepticism about a rally in the media segment.

June 22, 2009:CBS CFO Steps Down
Fred Reynolds relinquished his CFO duties July 20. He’ll be succeeded by Joseph Ianiello, who's been deputy CFO since November.

June 8, 2009: “S&P Cuts CBS Credit Rating
The rating outlook is negative, and was downgraded in part on falling automotive revenues.

May 28, 2009: “CBS Increases Senior Note Offering
CBS Corp. is reopening its senior note offering to raise another $250 million.

May 8, 2009: “CBS TV Segment Revenues Down 12 Percent
CBS’s results for the first quarter reflected the absence of political spending on TV as well as the soft market.


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