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FOX Fox

Filed: 5 May 21, 8:00pm

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021

or

Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 for the transition period from            to             

Commission file number 001-38776

 

FOX CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Delaware

 

83-1825597

(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

 

1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

 

10036

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 852-7000

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of Each Class

Trading Symbols

Name of Each Exchange
on Which Registered

Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

FOXA

The Nasdaq Global Select Market

Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

FOX

The Nasdaq Global Select Market

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).     Yes       No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).     Yes       No  

As of May 3, 2021, 326,938,206 shares of Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, and 253,269,403 shares of Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, were outstanding.

 

 

 


 

 

FOX CORPORATION

FORM 10-Q

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Page

Part I. Financial Information

 

 

Item 1.

 

Financial Statements

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

1

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

2

 

 

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2021 (unaudited) and June 30, 2020 (audited)

3

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

4

 

 

 

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Equity for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

5

 

 

 

Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

6

 

Item 2.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

20

 

Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

32

 

Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

33

Part II. Other Information

 

 

Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

34

 

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

34

 

Item 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

34

 

Item 3.

 

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

34

 

Item 4.

 

Mine Safety Disclosures

34

 

Item 5.

 

Other Information

34

 

Item 6.

 

Exhibits

35

 

Signature

36

 

 

 


 

 

FOX CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

 

 

For the three months ended

March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Revenues

 

$

3,215

 

 

$

3,440

 

 

$

10,019

 

 

$

9,885

 

Operating expenses

 

 

(1,885

)

 

 

(2,061

)

 

 

(6,399

)

 

 

(6,620

)

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(437

)

 

 

(464

)

 

 

(1,267

)

 

 

(1,247

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

(78

)

 

 

(57

)

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(164

)

Impairment and restructuring charges

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(35

)

 

 

(9

)

Interest expense

 

 

(98

)

 

 

(89

)

 

 

(296

)

 

 

(269

)

Interest income

 

 

0

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

33

 

Other, net

 

 

61

 

 

 

(632

)

 

 

752

 

 

 

(345

)

Income before income tax expense

 

 

778

 

 

 

145

 

 

 

2,561

 

 

 

1,264

 

Income tax expense

 

 

(196

)

 

 

(55

)

 

 

(632

)

 

 

(347

)

Net income

 

 

582

 

 

 

90

 

 

 

1,929

 

 

 

917

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

(15

)

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(32

)

 

 

(40

)

Net income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders

 

$

567

 

 

$

78

 

 

$

1,897

 

 

$

877

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER SHARE DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

589

 

 

 

608

 

 

 

595

 

 

 

615

 

Diluted

 

 

593

 

 

 

612

 

 

 

598

 

 

 

619

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.96

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

3.19

 

 

$

1.43

 

Diluted

 

$

0.96

 

 

$

0.13

 

 

$

3.17

 

 

$

1.42

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

1


 

FOX CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(IN MILLIONS)

 

 

 

For the three months ended

March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net income

 

$

582

 

 

$

90

 

 

$

1,929

 

 

$

917

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefit plan adjustments

 

 

9

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

17

 

Other comprehensive income, net of tax

 

 

9

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

17

 

Comprehensive income

 

 

591

 

 

 

95

 

 

 

1,954

 

 

 

934

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests(a)

 

 

(15

)

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(32

)

 

 

(40

)

Comprehensive income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders

 

$

576

 

 

$

83

 

 

$

1,922

 

 

$

894

 

 

(a)

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests includes $5 million and $4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and $13 million and $16 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, relating to redeemable noncontrolling interests.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements. 

2


 

FOX CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(IN MILLIONS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2021

 

 

As of

June 30,

2020

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

 

(audited)

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

5,765

 

 

$

4,645

 

Receivables, net

 

 

2,153

 

 

 

1,888

 

Inventories, net

 

 

685

 

 

 

856

 

Other

 

 

91

 

 

 

97

 

Total current assets

 

 

8,694

 

 

 

7,486

 

Non-current assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

1,626

 

 

 

1,498

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

3,156

 

 

 

3,198

 

Goodwill

 

 

3,403

 

 

 

3,409

 

Deferred tax assets

 

 

3,853

 

 

 

4,358

 

Other non-current assets

 

 

2,175

 

 

 

1,801

 

Total assets

 

$

22,907

 

 

$

21,750

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

$

749

 

 

$

0

 

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

2,236

 

 

 

1,906

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

2,985

 

 

 

1,906

 

Non-current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Borrowings

 

 

7,201

 

 

 

7,946

 

Other liabilities

 

 

1,412

 

 

 

1,482

 

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

225

 

 

 

305

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock(a)

 

 

3

 

 

 

3

 

Class B common stock(b)

 

 

3

 

 

 

3

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

9,555

 

 

 

9,831

 

Retained earnings

 

 

1,912

 

 

 

674

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(392

)

 

 

(417

)

Total Fox Corporation stockholders' equity

 

 

11,081

 

 

 

10,094

 

Noncontrolling interests

 

 

3

 

 

 

17

 

Total equity

 

 

11,084

 

 

 

10,111

 

Total liabilities and equity

 

$

22,907

 

 

$

21,750

 

 

(a)

Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 2,000,000,000 shares authorized, 328,797,729 shares and 343,608,673 shares issued and outstanding at par as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020, respectively.

(b)

Class B common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 254,094,035 shares and 261,078,355 shares issued and outstanding at par as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020, respectively.

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

3


 

FOX CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(IN MILLIONS)

 

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

1,929

 

 

$

917

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

216

 

 

 

164

 

Amortization of cable distribution investments

 

 

17

 

 

 

19

 

Impairment and restructuring charges

 

 

35

 

 

 

9

 

Equity-based compensation

 

 

112

 

 

 

101

 

Other, net

 

 

(752

)

 

 

345

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

528

 

 

 

255

 

Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables and other assets

 

 

(382

)

 

 

(395

)

Inventories net of program rights payable

 

 

257

 

 

 

167

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

88

 

 

 

(178

)

Other changes, net

 

 

(182

)

 

 

(59

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

1,866

 

 

 

1,345

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

(333

)

 

 

(192

)

Acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

 

0

 

 

 

(611

)

Proceeds from dispositions, net

 

 

93

 

 

 

45

 

Sale of investments

 

 

0

 

 

 

349

 

Purchase of investments

 

 

(86

)

 

 

0

 

Other investing activities, net

 

 

(3

)

 

 

12

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(329

)

 

 

(397

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repurchase of shares

 

 

(713

)

 

 

(600

)

Non-operating cash flows from (to) The Walt Disney Company

 

 

113

 

 

 

(70

)

Settlement of Divestiture Tax prepayment

 

 

462

 

 

 

0

 

Dividends paid and distributions

 

 

(182

)

 

 

(321

)

Purchase of subsidiary noncontrolling interest

 

 

(67

)

 

 

0

 

Other financing activities, net

 

 

(30

)

 

 

5

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(417

)

 

 

(986

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

1,120

 

 

 

(38

)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

 

 

4,645

 

 

 

3,234

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

5,765

 

 

$

3,196

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

 

4


 

 

FOX CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY

(IN MILLIONS)

 

 

 

Class A

 

 

Class B

 

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

Other

 

 

Total Fox

Corporation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

Paid-in

 

 

Retained

 

 

Comprehensive

 

 

Stockholders'

 

 

Noncontrolling

 

 

Total

 

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Shares

 

 

Amount

 

 

Capital

 

 

Earnings

 

 

Loss

 

 

Equity

 

 

Interests(a)

 

 

Equity

 

Balance, December 31, 2020

 

 

335

 

 

$

3

 

 

 

257

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,655

 

 

$

1,657

 

 

$

(401

)

 

$

10,917

 

 

$

4

 

 

$

10,921

 

Net income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

567

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

567

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

577

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

9

 

Dividends

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(134

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(134

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(134

)

Shares repurchased

 

 

(6

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(3

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(146

)

 

 

(160

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(306

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(306

)

Other

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

46

 

 

 

(18

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

28

 

 

 

(11

)

 

 

17

 

Balance, March 31, 2021

 

 

329

 

 

$

3

 

 

 

254

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,555

 

 

$

1,912

 

 

$

(392

)

 

$

11,081

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

11,084

 

Balance, December 31, 2019

 

 

347

 

 

$

3

 

 

 

264

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,849

 

 

$

775

 

 

$

(296

)

 

$

10,334

 

 

$

19

 

 

$

10,353

 

Net income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

78

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

78

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

86

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

5

 

Dividends

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(139

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(139

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(139

)

Shares repurchased

 

 

(4

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(3

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(79

)

 

 

(94

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(173

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(173

)

Other

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

40

 

 

 

(31

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

(8

)

 

 

1

 

Balance, March 31, 2020

 

 

343

 

 

$

3

 

 

 

261

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,810

 

 

$

589

 

 

$

(291

)

 

$

10,114

 

 

$

19

 

 

$

10,133

 

Balance, June 30, 2020

 

 

344

 

 

$

3

 

 

 

261

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,831

 

 

$

674

 

 

$

(417

)

 

$

10,094

 

 

$

17

 

 

$

10,111

 

Net income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1,897

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

1,897

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

1,916

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

25

 

Dividends

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(272

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(272

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(272

)

Shares repurchased

 

 

(17

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(7

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(393

)

 

 

(332

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(725

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(725

)

Other

 

 

2

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

117

 

 

 

(55

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

62

 

 

 

(33

)

 

 

29

 

Balance, March 31, 2021

 

 

329

 

 

$

3

 

 

 

254

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,555

 

 

$

1,912

 

 

$

(392

)

 

$

11,081

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

11,084

 

Balance, June 30, 2019

 

 

354

 

 

$

4

 

 

 

266

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,891

 

 

$

357

 

 

$

(308

)

 

$

9,947

 

 

$

11

 

 

$

9,958

 

Net income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

877

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

877

 

 

 

24

 

 

 

901

 

Other comprehensive income

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

17

 

Dividends

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(282

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(282

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(282

)

Shares repurchased

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(1

)

 

 

(5

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(273

)

 

 

(326

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(600

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

(600

)

Other

 

 

1

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

192

 

 

 

(37

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

155

 

 

 

(16

)

 

 

139

 

Balance, March 31, 2020

 

 

343

 

 

$

3

 

 

 

261

 

 

$

3

 

 

$

9,810

 

 

$

589

 

 

$

(291

)

 

$

10,114

 

 

$

19

 

 

$

10,133

 

 

(a)

Excludes Redeemable noncontrolling interests which are reflected in temporary equity (See Note 4—Fair Value under the heading “Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests”).

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

5


FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

NOTE 1. DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Fox Corporation, a Delaware corporation (“FOX” or the “Company”), is a news, sports and entertainment company, which manages and reports its businesses in the following segments: Cable Network Programming, Television and Other, Corporate and Eliminations.

The accompanying Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements of FOX have been prepared in accordance with United States (“U.S.”) generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. In the opinion of management, all adjustments consisting only of normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation have been reflected in these Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements. Operating results for the interim periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, due to, among other things, the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) on the Company’s business.

The preparation of the Company’s Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts that are reported in the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying disclosures. Although these estimates are based on management’s best knowledge of current events and actions that the Company may undertake in the future, actual results may differ from those estimates.

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread and continuing negative impacts on the macroeconomic environment and disruption to the Company’s business. Weak economic conditions and increased volatility and disruption in the financial markets pose risks to the Company and its business partners, including advertisers whose expenditures tend to reflect overall economic conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some of the Company’s advertisers to reduce their spending, and future declines in the economic prospects of advertisers or the economy in general could negatively impact their advertising expenditures further. Depending on the duration and severity of the weak economic environment, it could lead to changes in consumer behavior, including increasing numbers of consumers canceling or foregoing subscriptions to multi-channel video programming distributor (“MVPD”) services, that adversely affect the Company’s affiliate fee and advertising revenues. In addition, the Company’s business depends on the volume and popularity of the content it distributes, particularly sports content. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, sports events to which the Company has broadcast rights were cancelled or postponed and the production of certain entertainment content the Company distributes was suspended. In particular, the college football 2020 season was impacted by COVID-19, and as a result had an abridged schedule that included games that were shifted from the first quarter to the second quarter of fiscal 2021, but had fewer live games overall due to cancellations. Although most sports events and productions have resumed, there may be additional content disruptions in the future, and depending on their duration and severity, these disruptions could materially adversely affect the Company’s future advertising revenues and, over a longer period, its future affiliate fee revenues. To the extent the pandemic further negatively impacts the Company’s ability to air sports events, it could result in a significantly greater adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition or results of operations than the Company has experienced thus far. In addition, shifting sports schedules may negatively impact the Company’s ability to attract viewers and advertisers to its sports and entertainment programming.

The Company assessed certain accounting matters that generally require consideration of forecasted financial information in context with the information reasonably available to the Company and the best estimates of the future impacts of COVID-19 as of March 31, 2021. The accounting matters assessed included, but were not limited to, the Company’s valuation allowances, programming rights and the carrying value of the goodwill and other long-lived assets. While there was not an impact to the Company’s consolidated financial statements as of March 31, 2021, the Company’s future assessment of the magnitude and duration of COVID-19, as well as other factors, could result in material impacts to the Company’s consolidated financial statements in future reporting periods.

These interim Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated and combined financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 10, 2020 (the “2020 Form 10-K”).

The Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of FOX. All significant intercompany transactions and accounts within the Company’s consolidated businesses have been eliminated. Investments in and

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

advances to entities or joint ventures in which the Company has significant influence, but less than a controlling financial interest, are accounted for using the equity method. Significant influence generally exists when the Company owns an interest between 20% and 50%. In accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 321 “Investments—Equity Securities” (“ASC 321”), equity securities in which the Company has no significant influence (generally less than a 20% ownership interest) with readily determinable fair values are accounted for at fair value based on quoted market prices. Equity securities without readily determinable fair values are accounted for either at fair value or using the measurement alternative method, which is at cost minus impairment, if any, plus or minus changes resulting from observable price changes in orderly transactions for the identical or a similar investment of the same issuer. All gains and losses on investments in equity securities are recognized in the Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Pursuant to the merger agreement relating to the merger of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21CF”) and The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”), the Company made a prepayment of approximately $700 million which represented the Company’s share of the estimated tax liabilities resulting from the anticipated divestitures by Disney of certain assets (the “Divestiture Tax”), principally the FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks (“RSNs”). During the first quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company and Disney reached an agreement to settle the majority of the prepaid Divestiture Tax and the Company received $462 million from Disney as reimbursement of the Company’s prepayment based upon the sales price of the RSNs. This reimbursement was recorded in Other, net in the Statement of Operations (See Note 11Additional Financial Information under the heading “Other, net”). The balance of the prepaid Divestiture Tax is subject to adjustment in the future, but any such adjustment is not expected to have a material impact on the results of the Company.

The Company’s fiscal year ends on June 30 of each year. Certain fiscal 2020 amounts have been reclassified to conform to the fiscal 2021 presentation.

The unaudited and audited consolidated financial statements are referred to as the “Financial Statements” herein. The unaudited consolidated statements of operations are referred to as the “Statements of Operations” herein. The unaudited and audited consolidated balance sheets are referred to as the “Balance Sheets” herein.

Recently Adopted and Recently Issued Accounting Guidance

Adopted

In June 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-13, “Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments” (“ASU 2016-13”), as amended. On July 1, 2020, the Company adopted ASU 2016-13 on a modified retrospective basis. The amendments in ASU 2016-13 require, among other things, financial assets measured at amortized cost basis to be presented at the net amount expected to be collected as compared to previous GAAP which delayed recognition until it was probable a loss had been incurred. The adoption of ASU 2016-13 did not have a material impact on the Company’s Financial Statements.

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other—Internal-Use Software (Subtopic 350-40): Customer’s Accounting for Implementation Costs Incurred in a Cloud Computing Arrangement That Is a Service Contract” (“ASU 2018-15”). On July 1, 2020, the Company adopted ASU 2018-15 on a prospective basis. The amendments in ASU 2018-15 require implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract to be capitalized using the same guidance for capitalizing implementation costs incurred to develop or obtain internal-use software. In addition, ASU 2018-15 provides guidance regarding the term over which capitalized implementation costs are to be amortized and requires specific financial statement presentation and disclosures. The adoption of ASU 2018-15 did not have a material impact on the Company’s Financial Statements.

In March 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-02, “Entertainment—Films—Other Assets—Film Costs (Subtopic 926-20) and Entertainment—Broadcasters—Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Subtopic 920-350): Improvements to Accounting for Costs of Films and License Agreements for Program Materials” (“ASU 2019-02”). On July 1, 2020, the Company adopted ASU 2019-02 on a prospective basis and reclassified entertainment programming rights, with a contract duration of longer than a year, that were previously classified as the current portion of inventories, net to non-current inventories, net on the Balance Sheet. The amendments in ASU 2019-02 align the accounting treatment for production costs of episodic television series with the accounting treatment for production costs of films. In addition, ASU 2019-02 modifies certain aspects of the amortization, impairment, presentation and disclosure requirements in ASC 926-20 and the impairment, presentation and disclosure requirements in ASC 920-350, including eliminating the

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

balance sheet classification guidance. The adoption of ASU 2019-02 did not have a significant impact on the Company’s Financial Statements (See Note 3—Inventories, net for additional information).

NOTE 2. ACQUISITIONS, DISPOSALS AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS

The Company’s acquisitions support the Company’s strategy to strengthen its core brands and leverage its sports broadcasting rights and expand their reach beyond their traditional linear businesses. For the acquisition of Tubi, Inc. (“Tubi”), which was completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 (See Note 3—Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Tubi Acquisition”), the accounting for the business combination, including consideration transferred, continues to be based on provisional amounts and the allocation of the consideration transferred is not final. The amounts allocated to intangibles and goodwill, the estimates of useful lives and the related amortization expense are subject to changes pending the completion of the final valuations of certain assets and liabilities. A change in the allocation of consideration transferred and any estimates of useful lives could result in a change in the value allocated to the intangible assets that could impact future amortization expense.

Fiscal 2021

Acquisitions

Outkick Media Acquisition

In May 2021, the Company entered into a binding term sheet to acquire Outkick Media, LLC, a digital media company focused on the intersection of sports, news and entertainment.

Disposals

Sports Marketing Businesses Divestiture

In March 2021, the Company sold its sports marketing businesses for cash consideration subject to post-closing adjustments and recorded a gain in Other, net in the Statement of Operations.

Fiscal 2020

Acquisitions and Disposals

Television Stations Acquisition and Divestiture

In March 2020, the Company acquired 3 television stations (FOX-affiliate KCPQ and MyNetworkTV-affiliate KZJO located in Seattle, Washington and FOX-affiliate WITI located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) for approximately $350 million in cash from Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (“Nexstar”). As part of this transaction, the Company sold Nexstar 2 television stations (FOX-affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV-affiliate WMYT located in Charlotte, North Carolina) for approximately $45 million in cash. The consideration transferred of approximately $350 million for the stations the Company acquired has been allocated, based on a final valuation, as follows: approximately $210 million to intangible assets, of which approximately $110 million has been allocated to Federal Communications Commission licenses with indefinite lives and approximately $100 million to amortizable intangible assets, primarily retransmission agreements with useful lives of eight years; approximately $30 million to property, plant and equipment; and the balance to goodwill. The estimated goodwill, which is tax deductible, reflects the increased synergies and market penetration expected from combining the operations of the 3 television stations with those of the Company. The Company finalized its purchase price accounting for the acquisition during the third quarter of fiscal 2021 without any material adjustments.

Credible Acquisition

In October 2019, the Company acquired 67% of the equity in Credible Labs Inc. (“Credible”), a U.S. consumer finance marketplace, for approximately $260 million in cash (the “Credible Acquisition”), net of cash acquired. The remaining 33% of Credible not owned by the Company was recorded at fair value on the acquisition date based on the Company’s valuation of Credible’s business using a market approach (a Level 3 measurement as defined in Note 4—Fair Value). The consideration transferred of approximately $260 million has been allocated, based on a final valuation of 100% of Credible, as follows: approximately $75 million to intangible assets with useful lives ranging from five to 10 years; approximately $285 million representing goodwill; approximately $(110) million to redeemable noncontrolling interests and the remainder to other net assets. The estimated goodwill, which is not tax deductible, reflects the increased market penetration and synergies expected from combining the operations of Credible and the Company. The Company finalized

8


FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

its purchase price accounting for the Credible Acquisition during the second quarter of fiscal 2021 without any material adjustments.

NOTE 3. INVENTORIES, NET

In accordance with ASC 920, “Entertainment—Broadcasters” (“ASC 920”), costs incurred in acquiring program rights or producing programs for the Cable Network Programming and Television segments, including advances, are capitalized and amortized over the license period or projected useful life of the programming. Program rights and the related liabilities are recorded at the gross amount of the liabilities when the license period has begun, the cost of the program is determinable and the program is accepted and available for airing. Effective for the Company beginning on July 1, 2020, ASC 920 permits program rights to be recorded in non-current inventories, net rather than segregated between current and non-current inventories, net. As a result, the Company reclassified entertainment programming rights, with a contract duration of longer than a year, that were previously classified as the current portion of inventories, net to non-current inventories, net on the Balance Sheet. Advances on sports events expected to be broadcast within one year and programs with an initial license period of one year or less continue to be recorded in the current portion of inventories, net. Television broadcast network entertainment programming, which includes acquired series, co-produced series, movies and other programs, are amortized primarily on an accelerated basis.

The Company has single and multi-year contracts for broadcast rights of programs and sports events. The Company evaluates the recoverability of the unamortized costs associated therewith, using total estimated advertising and other revenues attributable to the program material and considering the Company’s expectations of the usefulness of the program rights. The recoverability of entertainment programming is generally assessed on a contract basis and the recoverability of certain sports rights contracts for content broadcast on the FOX Network and the sports channels is assessed on an aggregate basis. Where an evaluation indicates that these multi-year contracts will result in an asset that is not recoverable, amortization of rights is accelerated in an amount equal to the amount by which the unamortized costs exceed fair value. The costs of multi-year sports contracts at the FOX Network and the sports channels are primarily amortized based on the ratio of each current period’s attributable revenue for each contract to the estimated total remaining attributable revenue for each contract. Estimates can change and, accordingly, are reviewed periodically and amortization is adjusted as necessary. Such changes in the future could be material.

The Company’s inventories were comprised of the following:

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2021

 

 

As of

June 30,

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Sports programming rights

 

$

505

 

 

$

674

 

Entertainment programming rights

 

 

363

 

 

 

384

 

Total inventories, net

 

 

868

 

 

 

1,058

 

Less: current portion of inventories, net

 

 

(685

)

 

 

(856

)

Total non-current inventories, net

 

$

183

 

 

$

202

 

 

The aggregate amortization expense related to the programming rights was approximately $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and approximately $4.8 billion for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, which is included in Operating expenses in the Statements of Operations.

NOTE 4. FAIR VALUE

In accordance with ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurement,” fair value measurements are required to be disclosed using a three-tiered fair value hierarchy which distinguishes market participant assumptions into the following categories: (i) inputs that are quoted prices in active markets (“Level 1”); (ii) inputs other than quoted prices included within Level 1 that are observable, including quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities (“Level 2”); and (iii) inputs that require the entity to use its own assumptions about market participant assumptions (“Level 3”).

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

The following tables present information about financial assets and liabilities carried at fair value on a recurring basis:

 

 

 

Fair value measurements

 

 

 

As of March 31, 2021

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Level 1

 

 

Level 2

 

 

Level 3

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments in equity securities

 

$

926

 

 

$

926

(a)

 

$

0

 

 

$

0

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

(4

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(4

) (b)

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

(225

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(225

) (b)

Total

 

$

697

 

 

$

926

 

 

$

0

 

 

$

(229

)

 

 

 

Fair value measurements

 

 

 

As of June 30, 2020

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Level 1

 

 

Level 2

 

 

Level 3

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments in equity securities

 

$

531

 

 

$

531

(a)

 

$

0

 

 

$

0

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

(6

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(6)

(b)

Redeemable noncontrolling interests

 

 

(305

)

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(305)

(b)

Total

 

$

220

 

 

$

531

 

 

$

0

 

 

$

(311)

 

 

(a)

The investment categorized as Level 1 represents an investment in equity securities of Flutter Entertainment plc (“Flutter”) with a readily determinable fair value (See Note 3—Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Flutter” for further discussion). In December 2020, the Company made an additional investment of approximately $55 million in Flutter.

(b)

The Company utilizes the market approach valuation technique for its Level 3 fair value measures. Inputs to such measures could include observable market data obtained from independent sources such as broker quotes and recent market transactions for similar assets. It is the Company’s policy to maximize the use of observable inputs in the measurement of its Level 3 fair value measurements. To the extent observable inputs are not available, the Company utilizes unobservable inputs based upon the assumptions market participants would use in valuing the liability. Examples of utilized unobservable inputs are future cash flows and long-term growth rates.

Redeemable Noncontrolling Interests

The Company accounts for redeemable noncontrolling interests in accordance with ASC 480-10-S99-3A, “Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity,” because their exercise is outside the control of the Company. The redeemable noncontrolling interests recorded are put rights held by minority shareholders in a majority-owned sports network and in Credible.

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

The changes in redeemable noncontrolling interests classified as Level 3 measurements were as follows:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Beginning of period

 

$

(202

)

 

$

(216

)

 

$

(305

)

 

$

(189

)

Acquisitions(a)

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(109

)

Net income

 

 

(5

)

 

 

(4

)

 

 

(13

)

 

 

(16

)

Redemption of noncontrolling interests(b)

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

135

 

 

 

0

 

Distributions

 

 

1

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

19

��

Accretion and other(c)

 

 

(19

)

 

 

(44

)

 

 

(54

)

 

 

37

 

End of period

 

$

(225

)

 

$

(258

)

 

$

(225

)

 

$

(258

)

 

(a)

See Note 2—Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions under the heading “Credible Acquisition.”

(b)

As a result of the exercise of a portion of the put rights held by the sports network minority shareholder during the nine months ended March 31, 2021, approximately $135 million was reclassified out of Redeemable noncontrolling interests into equity. At closing, the Company paid half of the purchase price in cash and delivered a three-year promissory note for the remaining balance, which was recorded in Non-current liabilities on the Balance Sheet.

(c)

As a result of the expiration of a portion of the put rights held by the sports network minority shareholder during the nine months ended March 31, 2020, approximately $120 million was reclassified into equity.

 

The final put right held by the sports network minority shareholder will become exercisable in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. The put right held by the Credible minority shareholder will become exercisable in fiscal 2025.

Financial Instruments

The carrying value of the Company’s financial instruments, such as cash and cash equivalents, receivables, payables and investments, accounted for using the measurement alternative method in accordance with ASC 321, approximates fair value.

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2021

 

 

As of

June 30,

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Borrowings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value

 

$

9,235

 

 

$

9,746

 

Carrying value

 

$

7,950

 

 

$

7,946

 

 

Fair value is generally determined by reference to market values resulting from trading on a national securities exchange or in an over-the-counter market (a Level 1 measurement).

Concentrations of Credit Risk

Cash and cash equivalents are maintained with several financial institutions. The Company has deposits held with banks that exceed the amount of insurance provided on such deposits. Generally, these deposits may be redeemed upon demand and are maintained with financial institutions of reputable credit and, therefore, bear minimal credit risk.

Generally, the Company does not require collateral to secure receivables. As of March 31, 2021, the Company had 1 customer that accounted for approximately 10% of the Company’s receivables. As of June 30, 2020, the Company had 0 individual customers that accounted for 10% or more of the Company’s receivables.

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 5. BORROWINGS

Senior Notes Issued

Borrowings include senior notes (See Note 9—Borrowings in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Public Debt – Senior Notes Issued”). Senior notes of $750 million at 3.666% are due in January 2022. In addition, the Company is party to a credit agreement providing a $1.0 billion unsecured revolving credit facility with a sub-limit of $150 million available for the issuance of letters of credit and a maturity date of March 2024 (See Note 9—Borrowings in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Revolving Credit Agreement”). As of March 31, 2021, there were 0 borrowings outstanding under the revolving credit agreement.

NOTE 6. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Stock Repurchase Program

In fiscal 2020, the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) authorized a stock repurchase program providing for the repurchase of $2 billion of the Company’s Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Class A Common Stock”), and Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Class B Common Stock” and, together with the Class A Common Stock, the “Common Stock”). The program has no time limit and may be modified, suspended or discontinued at any time. In August 2020, the Company entered into 2 accelerated share repurchase (“ASR”) agreements to repurchase $154 million of Class A Common Stock and $66 million of Class B Common Stock.

In accordance with the ASR agreements, in August 2020, the Company paid a third-party financial institution $154 million and $66 million and received initial deliveries of approximately 4.7 million and 2.0 million shares of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, respectively, representing 80% of the shares expected to be repurchased under each ASR agreement, at a price of $26.00 and $26.01 per share, which was The Nasdaq Global Select Market closing share price of the Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, respectively, on August 21, 2020. Upon settlement of the ASR agreements in September 2020, the Company received final deliveries of approximately 0.9 million and 0.4 million shares of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, respectively. The final number of shares purchased under the ASR agreements was determined using a price of $27.57 and $27.67 per share (the volume-weighted average market price of the Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock, respectively, during the terms of the ASR agreements less a discount applicable for the Class A Common Stock). The Company accounted for each ASR agreement as two separate transactions. The initial deliveries of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock were accounted for as treasury stock transactions recorded on the acquisition date. The final settlements of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock were accounted for as forward contracts indexed to the Class A Common Stock or Class B Common Stock, as applicable, and qualified as equity transactions.

In addition to the shares purchased under the ASR agreements, the Company repurchased shares of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock in the open market. In total, the Company repurchased approximately 24 million shares of Common Stock for $725 million during the nine months ended March 31, 2021.

Repurchased shares are retired and reduce the number of shares issued and outstanding. The Company allocates the amount of the repurchase price over par value between additional paid-in capital and retained earnings.

As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s remaining stock repurchase authorization was approximately $675 million. Subsequent to March 31, 2021, the Company repurchased a total of approximately 2.7 million shares of Common Stock for $100 million in the open market.

Dividends

The following table summarizes the dividends declared per share on both the Company’s Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Cash dividend per share

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.23

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

$

0.46

 

 

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

The Company declared a semi-annual dividend of $0.23 per share on both the Class A Common Stock and the Class B Common Stock during the three months ended March 31, 2021, which was paid in April 2021 to stockholders of record on March 10, 2021.

NOTE 7. EQUITY-BASED COMPENSATION

The Company has 1 equity plan, the Fox Corporation 2019 Shareholder Alignment Plan (the “SAP”) (See Note 12—Equity-Based Compensation in the 2020 Form 10-K).

The following table summarizes the Company’s equity-based compensation:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Equity-based compensation

 

$

37

 

 

$

41

 

 

$

112

 

 

$

115

 

Intrinsic value of all settled equity-based awards

 

$

4

 

 

$

2

 

��

$

95

 

 

$

8

 

Tax benefit on settled equity-based awards

 

$

1

 

 

$

1

 

 

$

17

 

 

$

2

 

 

The Company’s stock based awards are settled in Class A Common Stock. As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s total estimated compensation cost, not yet recognized, related to non-vested equity awards held by the Company’s employees was approximately $105 million and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period between one and two years.

As of March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company had approximately 6.4 million and 7.0 million stock options outstanding, respectively. For the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the computation of diluted earnings per share did not include most of the stock options outstanding during these periods, because their inclusion would have been antidilutive.

Awards Vested and Granted

Restricted Stock Units

During the nine months ended March 31, 2021, approximately 3.5 million restricted stock units (“RSUs”) vested and approximately 2.0 million RSUs were granted, which generally vest in equal annual installments over a three-year period subject to the participants’ continued employment with the Company.

During the nine months ended March 31, 2020, approximately 1.1 million RSUs were granted, which vest in equal annual installments over a three-year period subject to the participants’ continued employment with the Company.

Stock Options

During the nine months ended March 31, 2020, approximately 3.8 million stock options were granted, which generally have a term of seven years and vest in equal annual installments over a three-year period subject to the participants’ continued employment with the Company.

Performance-Based Stock Options

Performance-based stock options (“PSOs”) are awards that entitle the holder to purchase a specified number of shares of Class A Common Stock at a specified price for a specified period of time, contingent on the performance of the Class A Common Stock over a three-year period, subject to the terms and conditions of the SAP, the applicable award documents and such other terms and conditions as the Compensation Committee of the Board may establish. The PSOs granted under the SAP will vest in full only if the Company’s Class A Common Stock exceeds the exercise price of the PSO by a certain threshold over a certain period of time during the performance period (the “market condition”). The PSOs were fair valued using a Monte Carlo simulation model that uses the following assumptions: (i) expected volatility; (ii) expected term; (iii) risk-free interest rate; and (iv) expected dividend yield. Compensation cost related to the PSO will be recognized even if the market condition is not met.

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NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

During the nine months ended March 31, 2021, the Company granted approximately 5.0 million PSOs, which will vest in full at the end of a three-year performance period as the market condition has been met and have a term of seven years thereafter.

NOTE 8. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Commitments

The Company has commitments under certain firm contractual arrangements (“firm commitments”) to make future payments. These firm commitments secure the future rights to various assets and services to be used in the normal course of operations. The total firm commitments and future debt payments as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020 were approximately $48 billion and $37 billion, respectively. The increase from June 30, 2020 was primarily due to a new media rights agreement with the National Football League (“NFL”) for broadcast rights partially offset by sports programming rights payments and the early exit of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package.

Contingencies

FOX News

The Company’s FOX News business and certain of its current and former employees have been subject to allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex and race. The Company has resolved many of these claims and is contesting other claims in litigation. The Company has also received regulatory and investigative inquiries relating to these matters. To date, none of the amounts paid in settlements or reserved for pending or future claims is material, individually or in the aggregate, to the Company. The amount of additional liability, if any, that may result from these or related matters cannot be estimated at this time. However, the Company does not currently anticipate that the ultimate resolution of any such pending matters will have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

U.K. Newspaper Matters Indemnity

In connection with the separation of 21CF and News Corporation in June 2013 (the “21CF News Corporation Separation”), 21CF agreed to indemnify News Corporation, on an after-tax basis, for payments made after the 21CF News Corporation Separation arising out of civil claims and investigations relating to phone hacking, illegal data access and inappropriate payments to public officials that occurred at subsidiaries of News Corporation before the 21CF News Corporation Separation, as well as legal and professional fees and expenses paid in connection with the related criminal matters, other than fees, expenses and costs relating to employees who are not (i) directors, officers or certain designated employees or (ii) with respect to civil matters, co-defendants with News Corporation (the “U.K. Newspaper Matters Indemnity”). In accordance with the Separation Agreement (as defined in Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “The Distribution”), the Company assumed certain costs and liabilities related to the U.K. Newspaper Matters Indemnity. The liability recorded in the Balance Sheets related to the indemnity was approximately $50 million and $65 million as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020, respectively.

Defamation and Disparagement Claims

From time to time, the Company and its news businesses, including FOX News Media and the FOX Television Stations, and their employees are subject to lawsuits alleging defamation or disparagement. These include lawsuits filed by Smartmatic USA Corp. and certain of its affiliates (collectively, “Smartmatic”) in February 2021 and Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. and certain of its affiliates (collectively, “Dominion”) in March 2021. The Company believes these lawsuits, including the Smartmatic and Dominion matters, are without merit and intends to defend against them vigorously. To date, none of the amounts the Company has paid in settlements of defamation or disparagement claims or reserved for pending or future claims is material, individually or in the aggregate, to the Company. The amount of additional liability, if any, that may result from these or related matters cannot be estimated at this time. However, the Company does not currently anticipate that the ultimate resolution of any such pending matters will have a material adverse effect on its business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Other

The Company establishes an accrued liability for legal claims and indemnification claims when the Company determines that a loss is both probable and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. Once established, accruals are adjusted from time to time, as appropriate, in light of additional information. The amount of any loss ultimately incurred in relation to matters for which an accrual has been established may be higher or lower than the amounts accrued for such matters. Any fees, expenses, fines, penalties, judgments or settlements which might be incurred by the Company in connection with the various proceedings could affect the Company’s results of operations and financial condition. For the contingencies disclosed above for which there is at least a reasonable possibility that a loss may be incurred, other than the accrual provided, the Company was unable to estimate the amount of loss or range of loss.

The Company’s operations are subject to tax in various domestic jurisdictions and as a matter of course, the Company is regularly audited by federal and state tax authorities. The Company believes it has appropriately accrued for the expected outcome of all pending tax matters and does not currently anticipate that the ultimate resolution of pending tax matters will have a material adverse effect on its consolidated financial condition, future results of operations or liquidity. Each member of the 21CF consolidated group, which includes 21CF, the Company (prior to the Distribution (as defined in Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “The Distribution”)) and 21CF’s other subsidiaries, is jointly and severally liable for the U.S. federal income and, in certain jurisdictions, state tax liabilities of each other member of the consolidated group. Consequently, the Company could be liable in the event any such liability is incurred, and not discharged, by any other member of the 21CF consolidated group. The tax matters agreement requires 21CF and/or Disney to indemnify the Company for any such liability. Disputes or assessments could arise during future audits by the Internal Revenue Service in amounts that the Company cannot quantify.

NOTE 9. PENSION AND OTHER POSTRETIREMENT BENEFITS

The Company participates in and/or sponsors various pension, savings and postretirement benefit plans. Pension plans and postretirement benefit plans are closed to new participants with the exception of a small group covered by collective bargaining agreements. The net periodic benefit cost was $17 million and $14 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and $51 million and $41 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

NOTE 10. SEGMENT INFORMATION

The Company is a news, sports and entertainment company, which manages and reports its businesses in the following segments:

 

Cable Network Programming, which principally consists of the production and licensing of news and sports content distributed primarily through traditional cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators and telecommunication companies (“traditional MVPDs”) and online multi-channel video programming distributors (“digital MVPDs”), primarily in the U.S.

 

Television, which principally consists of the acquisition, marketing and distribution of broadcast network programming nationally under the FOX brand and the operation of 29 full power broadcast television stations, including 11 duopolies, in the U.S. Of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Network, 10 are affiliated with MyNetworkTV and 1 is an independent station. The Television segment also includes Tubi, a free advertising-supported video-on-demand (“AVOD”) service.

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations, which principally consists of the FOX Studio Lot, Credible, corporate overhead costs and intracompany eliminations. The FOX Studio Lot, located in Los Angeles, California, provides television and film production services along with office space, studio operation services and includes all operations of the facility. Credible is a U.S. consumer finance marketplace.

The Company’s operating segments have been determined in accordance with the Company’s internal management structure, which is organized based on operating activities. The Company evaluates performance based upon several factors, of which the primary financial measure is segment operating income before depreciation and amortization, or Segment EBITDA. Due to the integrated nature of these operating segments, estimates and judgments are made in allocating certain assets, revenues and expenses.

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Segment EBITDA is defined as Revenues less Operating expenses and Selling, general and administrative expenses. Segment EBITDA does not include: Amortization of cable distribution investments, Depreciation and amortization, Impairment and restructuring charges, Interest expense, Interest income, Other, net and Income tax expense. Management believes that Segment EBITDA is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of the Company’s business segments because it is the primary measure used by the Company’s chief operating decision maker to evaluate the performance of and allocate resources to the Company’s businesses.

The following tables set forth the Company’s Revenues and Segment EBITDA for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020:

 

 

 

For the three months ended

March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Network Programming

 

$

1,471

 

 

$

1,467

 

 

$

4,284

 

 

$

4,221

 

Television

 

 

1,695

 

 

 

1,926

 

 

 

5,601

 

 

 

5,548

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

 

 

49

 

 

 

47

 

 

 

134

 

 

 

116

 

Total revenues

 

$

3,215

 

 

$

3,440

 

 

$

10,019

 

 

$

9,885

 

Segment EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Network Programming

 

$

850

 

 

$

792

 

 

$

2,202

 

 

$

2,032

 

Television

 

 

135

 

 

 

224

 

 

 

407

 

 

 

261

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

 

 

(86

)

 

 

(96

)

 

 

(239

)

 

 

(256

)

Amortization of cable distribution investments

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(5

)

 

 

(17

)

 

 

(19

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

(78

)

 

 

(57

)

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(164

)

Impairment and restructuring charges

 

 

0

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

(35

)

 

 

(9

)

Interest expense

 

 

(98

)

 

 

(89

)

 

 

(296

)

 

 

(269

)

Interest income

 

 

0

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

33

 

Other, net

 

 

61

 

 

 

(632

)

 

 

752

 

 

 

(345

)

Income before income tax expense

 

 

778

 

 

 

145

 

 

 

2,561

 

 

 

1,264

 

Income tax expense

 

 

(196

)

 

 

(55

)

 

 

(632

)

 

 

(347

)

Net income

 

 

582

 

 

 

90

 

 

 

1,929

 

 

 

917

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

(15

)

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(32

)

 

 

(40

)

Net income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders

 

$

567

 

 

$

78

 

 

$

1,897

 

 

$

877

 

 

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

Revenues by Segment by Component

 

 

 

For the three months ended

March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Cable Network Programming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliate fee

 

$

1,068

 

 

$

1,006

 

 

$

2,969

 

 

$

2,902

 

Advertising

 

 

283

 

 

 

304

 

 

 

1,023

 

 

 

895

 

Other

 

 

120

 

 

 

157

 

 

 

292

 

 

 

424

 

Total Cable Network Programming revenues

 

 

1,471

 

 

 

1,467

 

 

 

4,284

 

 

 

4,221

 

Television

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising

 

 

915

 

 

 

1,266

 

 

 

3,426

 

 

 

3,726

 

Affiliate fee

 

 

651

 

 

 

553

 

 

 

1,801

 

 

 

1,487

 

Other

 

 

129

 

 

 

107

 

 

 

374

 

 

 

335

 

Total Television revenues

 

 

1,695

 

 

 

1,926

 

 

 

5,601

 

 

 

5,548

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

 

 

49

 

 

 

47

 

 

 

134

 

 

 

116

 

Total revenues

 

$

3,215

 

 

$

3,440

 

 

$

10,019

 

 

$

9,885

 

 

Future Performance Obligations

As of March 31, 2021, approximately $4.9 billion of revenues are expected to be recognized primarily over the next one to three years. The Company’s most significant remaining performance obligations relate to affiliate contracts, sports advertising contracts and content licensing contracts with fixed fees. The amount disclosed does not include (i) revenues related to performance obligations that are part of a contract whose original expected duration is one year or less, (ii) revenues that are in the form of sales- or usage-based royalties and (iii) revenues related to performance obligations for which the Company elects to recognize revenue in the amount it has a right to invoice.

 

 

 

For the three months ended

March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Network Programming

 

$

16

 

 

$

15

 

 

$

41

 

 

$

44

 

Television

 

 

26

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

77

 

 

 

46

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

 

 

36

 

 

 

25

 

 

 

98

 

 

 

74

 

Total depreciation and amortization

 

$

78

 

 

$

57

 

 

$

216

 

 

$

164

 

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2021

 

 

As of

June 30,

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Network Programming

 

$

2,584

 

 

$

2,591

 

Television

 

 

7,247

 

 

 

7,054

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

 

 

12,039

 

 

 

11,487

 

Investments

 

 

1,037

 

 

 

618

 

Total assets

 

$

22,907

 

 

$

21,750

 

 

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

NOTE 11. ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Impairment and Restructuring Charges

Impairment and restructuring charges were $35 million and $9 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, which were primarily comprised of severance costs principally at the Cable Network Programming segment.

Other, net

The following table sets forth the components of Other, net included in the Statements of Operations:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Transaction costs(a)

 

$

(2

)

 

$

(29

)

 

$

431

 

 

$

(72

)

Net gains (losses) on investments in equity securities(b)

 

 

43

 

 

 

(567

)

 

 

384

 

 

 

(185

)

U.K. Newspaper Matters Indemnity(c)

 

 

(15

)

 

 

(18

)

 

 

(43

)

 

 

(62

)

Other

 

 

35

 

 

 

(18

)

 

 

(20

)

 

 

(26

)

Total other, net

 

$

61

 

 

$

(632

)

 

$

752

 

 

$

(345

)

 

(a)

The transaction costs for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 are primarily related to the partial settlement from Disney of $462 million related to the reimbursement of the Company’s prepayment of its share of the Divestiture Tax (See Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation). The transaction costs for the nine months ended March 31, 2020 are primarily related to costs associated with the profits participants litigation (See Note 14—Commitments and Contingencies in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Profits Participants Litigation”) and the Separation and the Distribution (See Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “The Distribution”) and included retention related costs.

(b)

Net gains (losses) on investments in equity securities for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 included the gains related to the changes in fair value of the Company’s investment in Flutter (See Note 4—Fair Value) and for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2020 included the losses related to the changes in fair value of the Company’s investment in Roku, Inc. which was sold in March 2020 (See Note 3—Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Roku”).

(c)

See Note 8—Commitments and Contingencies under the heading “U.K. Newspaper Matters Indemnity.”

Other Non-Current Assets

The following table sets forth the components of Other non-current assets included in the Balance Sheets:

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2021

 

 

As of

June 30,

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Investments(a)

 

$

1,037

 

 

$

618

 

Operating lease ROU assets

 

 

474

 

 

 

539

 

Grantor Trust

 

 

291

 

 

 

247

 

Inventories, net

 

 

183

 

 

 

202

 

Other

 

 

190

 

 

 

195

 

Total other non-current assets

 

$

2,175

 

 

$

1,801

 

 

(a)

Included investments accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis of $926 million and $531 million as of March 31, 2021 and June 30, 2020, respectively (See Note 4—Fair Value).

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FOX CORPORATION

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses and Other Current Liabilities

The following table sets forth the components of Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities included in the Balance Sheets:

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2021

 

 

As of

June 30,

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Accrued expenses

 

$

1,070

 

 

$

907

 

Program rights payable

 

 

625

 

 

 

485

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

214

 

 

 

152

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

 

90

 

 

 

122

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

237

 

 

 

240

 

Total accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

$

2,236

 

 

$

1,906

 

 

Other Liabilities

The following table sets forth the components of Other liabilities included in the Balance Sheets:

 

 

 

As of

March 31,

2021

 

 

As of

June 30,

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Accrued non-current pension/postretirement liabilities

 

$

678

 

 

$

709

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

 

413

 

 

 

452

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

321

 

 

 

321

 

Total other liabilities

 

$

1,412

 

 

$

1,482

 

 

Supplemental Information

 

 

 

For the nine months ended

March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Supplemental cash flows information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest

 

$

(370

)

 

$

(355

)

Cash paid for income taxes

 

$

(132

)

 

$

(75

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental information on acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fair value of assets acquired, excluding cash

 

$

0

 

 

$

773

 

Cash acquired

 

 

0

 

 

 

15

 

Liabilities assumed

 

 

0

 

 

 

(53

)

Noncontrolling interests

 

 

0

 

 

 

(109

)

Cash paid

 

 

0

 

 

 

(626

)

Fair value of equity instruments consideration

 

$

0

 

 

$

0

 

 

 

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ITEM 2.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Readers should carefully review this document and the other documents filed by Fox Corporation (“FOX” or the “Company”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). This section should be read together with the unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related notes appearing elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 as filed with the SEC on August 10, 2020 (the “2020 Form 10-K”). The unaudited consolidated financial statements are referred to as the “Financial Statements” herein.

INTRODUCTION

Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations is intended to help provide an understanding of the Company’s financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of operations. This discussion is organized as follows:

 

Overview of the Company’s BusinessThis section provides a general description of the Company’s businesses, as well as developments that occurred during the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 that the Company believes are important in understanding its results of operations and financial condition or to disclose known trends.

 

Results of OperationsThis section provides an analysis of the Company’s results of operations for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020. This analysis is presented on both a consolidated and a segment basis. In addition, a brief description is provided of significant transactions and events that impact the comparability of the results being analyzed.

 

Liquidity and Capital ResourcesThis section provides an analysis of the Company’s cash flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, as well as a discussion of the Company’s outstanding debt and commitments, both firm and contingent, that existed as of March 31, 2021. Included in the discussion of outstanding debt is a discussion of the amount of financial capacity available to fund the Company’s future commitments and obligations, as well as a discussion of other financing arrangements.

 

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements—This section provides a description of the use of forward-looking information appearing in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, including in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations. Such information is based on management’s current expectations about future events which are subject to change and to inherent risks and uncertainties. Refer to Part I., Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in the 2020 Form 10-K for a discussion of the risk factors applicable to the Company.

OVERVIEW OF THE COMPANY’S BUSINESS

The Company is a news, sports and entertainment company, which manages and reports its businesses in the following segments:

 

Cable Network Programming, which principally consists of the production and licensing of news and sports content distributed primarily through traditional cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators and telecommunication companies (“traditional MVPDs”) and online multi-channel video programming distributors (“digital MVPDs”), primarily in the U.S.

 

Television, which principally consists of the acquisition, marketing and distribution of broadcast network programming nationally under the FOX brand and the operation of 29 full power broadcast television stations, including 11 duopolies, in the U.S. Of these stations, 18 are affiliated with the FOX Network, 10 are affiliated with MyNetworkTV and one is an independent station. The Television segment also includes Tubi, Inc. (“Tubi”), a free advertising-supported video-on-demand (“AVOD”) service.

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations, which principally consists of the FOX Studio Lot, Credible Labs Inc. (“Credible”), corporate overhead costs and intracompany eliminations. The FOX Studio Lot, located in Los Angeles, California, provides television and film production services along with office space, studio operation services and includes all operations of the facility. Credible is a U.S. consumer finance marketplace.

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Other Business Developments

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic has resulted in widespread and continuing negative impacts on the macroeconomic environment and disruption to the Company’s business. Weak economic conditions and increased volatility and disruption in the financial markets pose risks to the Company and its business partners, including advertisers whose expenditures tend to reflect overall economic conditions. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some of the Company’s advertisers to reduce their spending, and future declines in the economic prospects of advertisers or the economy in general could negatively impact their advertising expenditures further. Depending on the duration and severity of the weak economic environment, it could lead to changes in consumer behavior, including increasing numbers of consumers canceling or foregoing subscriptions to multi-channel video programming distributor (“MVPD”) services, that adversely affect the Company’s affiliate fee and advertising revenues. In addition, the Company’s business depends on the volume and popularity of the content it distributes, particularly sports content. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, sports events to which the Company has broadcast rights were cancelled or postponed and the production of certain entertainment content the Company distributes was suspended. In particular, the college football 2020 season was impacted by COVID-19, and as a result had an abridged schedule that included games that were shifted from the first quarter to the second quarter of fiscal 2021, but had fewer live games overall due to cancellations. As a result of an under-delivery of college football games, the Company recorded affiliate fee credits for the second quarter of fiscal 2021 to reflect the Company’s estimate of the potential obligation to MVPDs under these agreements. The actual credit amount will be determined at a later date based on the affiliate fees paid by MVPDs and the number of games delivered in upcoming seasons. Although most sports events and productions have resumed, there may be additional content disruptions in the future, and depending on their duration and severity, these disruptions could materially adversely affect the Company’s future advertising revenues and, over a longer period, its future affiliate fee revenues. To the extent the pandemic further negatively impacts the Company’s ability to air sports events, it could result in a significantly greater adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition or results of operations than the Company has experienced thus far. In addition, shifting sports schedules may negatively impact the Company’s ability to attract viewers and advertisers to its sports and entertainment programming.

Pursuant to the merger agreement relating to the merger of Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21CF”) and The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”), the Company made a prepayment of approximately $700 million which represented the Company’s share of the estimated tax liabilities resulting from the anticipated divestitures by Disney of certain assets (the “Divestiture Tax”), principally the FOX Sports Regional Sports Networks (“RSNs”). During the first quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company and Disney reached an agreement to settle the majority of the prepaid Divestiture Tax and the Company received $462 million from Disney as reimbursement of the Company’s prepayment based upon the sales price of the RSNs. This reimbursement was recorded in Other, net in the Statement of Operations. See Note 11—Additional Financial Information to the accompanying Financial Statements under the heading “Other, net.”

In 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC, which reinstated the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule prohibiting common ownership of broadcast stations and daily newspapers in the same designated market area. The Company owns two television stations in the New York area and an attributable interest in The New York Post due to the Murdoch Family Trust’s ownership interests in both the Company and News Corporation. In April 2021, the Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit in a unanimous decision. As a result, common ownership of broadcast stations and daily newspapers is no longer prohibited. For more information, see Part I. Item 1. “Business - Government Regulation” in the 2020 Form 10-K.

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Results of Operations—For the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 versus the three and nine months ended March 31, 2020

The following table sets forth the Company’s operating results for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the three and nine months ended March 31, 2020:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

(in millions, except %)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliate fee

 

$

1,719

 

 

 

 

$

1,559

 

 

$

160

 

 

 

10

 

%

 

 

$

4,770

 

 

$

4,389

 

 

$

381

 

 

 

9

 

%

 

Advertising

 

 

1,198

 

 

 

 

 

1,570

 

 

 

(372

)

 

 

(24

)

%

 

 

 

4,449

 

 

 

4,621

 

 

 

(172

)

 

 

(4

)

%

 

Other

 

 

298

 

 

 

 

 

311

 

 

 

(13

)

 

 

(4

)

%

 

 

 

800

 

 

 

875

 

 

 

(75

)

 

 

(9

)

%

 

Total revenues

 

 

3,215

 

 

 

 

 

3,440

 

 

 

(225

)

 

 

(7

)

%

 

 

 

10,019

 

 

 

9,885

 

 

 

134

 

 

 

1

 

%

 

Operating expenses

 

 

(1,885

)

 

 

 

 

(2,061

)

 

 

176

 

 

 

9

 

%

 

 

 

(6,399

)

 

 

(6,620

)

 

 

221

 

 

 

3

 

%

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(437

)

 

 

 

 

(464

)

 

 

27

 

 

 

6

 

%

 

 

 

(1,267

)

 

 

(1,247

)

 

 

(20

)

 

 

(2

)

%

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

(78

)

 

 

 

 

(57

)

 

 

(21

)

 

 

(37

)

%

 

 

 

(216

)

 

 

(164

)

 

 

(52

)

 

 

(32

)

%

 

Impairment and restructuring charges

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

%

 

 

 

(35

)

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(26

)

 

**

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

(98

)

 

 

 

 

(89

)

 

 

(9

)

 

 

(10

)

%

 

 

 

(296

)

 

 

(269

)

 

 

(27

)

 

 

(10

)

%

 

Interest income

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

(8

)

 

 

(100

)

%

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

33

 

 

 

(30

)

 

 

(91

)

%

 

Other, net

 

 

61

 

 

 

 

 

(632

)

 

 

693

 

 

**

 

 

 

 

 

752

 

 

 

(345

)

 

 

1,097

 

 

**

 

 

 

Income before income tax expense

 

 

778

 

 

 

 

 

145

 

 

 

633

 

 

**

 

 

 

 

 

2,561

 

 

 

1,264

 

 

 

1,297

 

 

**

 

 

 

Income tax expense

 

 

(196

)

 

 

 

 

(55

)

 

 

(141

)

 

**

 

 

 

 

 

(632

)

 

 

(347

)

 

 

(285

)

 

 

(82

)

%

 

Net income

 

 

582

 

 

 

 

 

90

 

 

 

492

 

 

**

 

 

 

 

 

1,929

 

 

 

917

 

 

 

1,012

 

 

**

 

 

 

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

(15

)

 

 

 

 

(12

)

 

 

(3

)

 

 

(25

)

%

 

 

 

(32

)

 

 

(40

)

 

 

8

 

 

 

20

 

%

 

Net income attributable to Fox Corporation stockholders

 

$

567

 

 

 

 

$

78

 

 

$

489

 

 

**

 

 

 

 

$

1,897

 

 

$

877

 

 

$

1,020

 

 

**

 

 

 

 

**

not meaningful

Overview

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

The Company’s revenues decreased 7% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 as higher affiliate fee revenue was more than offset by lower advertising and other revenues. The increase in affiliate fee revenue was primarily attributable to higher average rates due to rate increases from affiliate agreement renewals and contractual rate increases on existing affiliate agreements partially offset by the impact of a lower average number of subscribers. The decrease in advertising revenue was primarily due to the comparative effect of the broadcast of the National Football League’s (“NFL”) Super Bowl LIV in February 2020 (the “Super Bowl”) and lower ratings at the FOX Network due in part to COVID-19-impacted schedules in the current year partially offset by the impact of the consolidation of Tubi, which experienced record viewership and record advertising revenue, the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game and added broadcasts of NFL regular season games. The decrease in other revenues was primarily due to lower sports sublicensing revenue related to college sports as a result of COVID-19 partially offset by higher content revenue at FOX Entertainment and Bento Box Entertainment, LLC (“Bento Box”).

Operating expenses decreased 9% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs, including the absence of the broadcast of the Super Bowl in the current year and lower entertainment programming rights amortization due to fewer hours of original scripted programming as a result of COVID-19 partially offset by the impact of the consolidation of Tubi. Partially offsetting lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs were the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game, fewer National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (“NASCAR”) races in the prior year period due to COVID-19 and added broadcasts of NFL regular season games.

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Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased 6% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to lower marketing costs associated with the absence of the Super Bowl in the current year.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

The Company’s revenues remained relatively flat for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 as higher affiliate fee revenue was offset by lower advertising and other revenues. The increase in affiliate fee revenue was primarily attributable to higher average rates due to rate increases from affiliate agreement renewals and contractual rate increases on existing affiliate agreements, partially offset by the impact of a lower average number of subscribers and the estimated affiliate fee credits provided as a result of the under-delivery of live college football games discussed above. The decrease in advertising revenue was primarily due to the comparative effect of the broadcast of the Super Bowl and lower ratings at the FOX Network due in part to COVID-19-impacted schedules in the current year partially offset by higher political advertising revenue related to the 2020 presidential and congressional elections, the impact of the consolidation of Tubi and the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game. The decrease in other revenues was primarily due to lower sports sublicensing revenue related to college sports as a result of COVID-19 and lower content licensing revenue at the FOX Network partially offset by higher content revenue at FOX Entertainment and Bento Box and the impact of the consolidation of Credible in fiscal 2020.

Operating expenses decreased 3% for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs, including the absence of the broadcast of the Super Bowl in the current year and the under-delivery of live college football games, and lower entertainment programming rights amortization due to fewer hours of original scripted programming as a result of COVID-19 partially offset by the impact of the consolidation of Tubi. Partially offsetting lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs were contractual rate increases for NFL, Major League Baseball (“MLB”) and college football content, the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game and higher volume of NASCAR races due to fewer races in the prior year period due to COVID-19.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased 2% for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to the impact of acquisitions that occurred in fiscal 2020 (the “Fiscal 2020 Acquisitions”) (See Note 2—Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions to the accompanying Financial Statements) and higher legal and marketing expenses partially offset by lower professional fees, lower bad debt expense and lower marketing costs associated with the absence of the Super Bowl in the current year.

Depreciation and amortization—Depreciation and amortization expense increased 37% and 32% for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods of fiscal 2020, primarily due to assets placed into service as the Company transitions from service agreements entered into in connection with the Separation (as defined in Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “The Distribution”) and the Fiscal 2020 Acquisitions.

Impairment and restructuring charges—Impairment and restructuring charges increased $26 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020, primarily due to higher severance costs principally at the Cable Network Programming segment (See Note 11Additional Financial Information to the accompanying Financial Statements).

Interest expenseInterest expense increased 10% for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding periods of fiscal 2020, primarily due to the issuance of $1.2 billion of senior notes in April 2020 (See Note 9—Borrowings in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Public Debt – Senior Notes Issued” for additional information).

Interest incomeInterest income decreased for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the corresponding periods of fiscal 2020, primarily due to lower interest rates.

Other, netSee Note 11Additional Financial Information to the accompanying Financial Statements under the heading “Other, net.”

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Income tax expenseThe Company’s tax provision and related effective tax rate of 25% for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 was higher than the statutory rate of 21% primarily due to state taxes and, for the nine months ended March 31, 2021, was partially offset by a benefit from the reduction of uncertain tax positions for state tax audits.

The Company’s tax provision and related effective tax rate of 38% and 27% for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2020, respectively, were higher than the statutory rate of 21% primarily due to state taxes, a valuation allowance recorded against net capital losses and other permanent items.

Net incomeNet income increased $492 million and $1.0 billion for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, respectively, as compared to the corresponding periods of fiscal 2020, primarily due to unrealized gains related to changes in fair value of the Company’s investments in equity securities as compared to losses related to the Company’s investment in Roku, Inc. (“Roku”) which was sold in March 2020 partially offset by higher income tax expense. Contributing to the increase in Net income for the nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020, was the receipt of the $462 million reimbursement from Disney related to the Divestiture Tax (See Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation to the accompanying Financial Statements for additional information) and higher Segment EBITDA (as defined below) at the Cable Network Programming and Television segments.

Segment Analysis

The Company’s operating segments have been determined in accordance with the Company’s internal management structure, which is organized based on operating activities. The Company evaluates performance based upon several factors, of which the primary financial measure is segment operating income before depreciation and amortization, or Segment EBITDA. Due to the integrated nature of these operating segments, estimates and judgments are made in allocating certain assets, revenues and expenses.

Segment EBITDA is defined as Revenues less Operating expenses and Selling, general and administrative expenses. Segment EBITDA does not include: Amortization of cable distribution investments, Depreciation and amortization, Impairment and restructuring charges, Interest expense, Interest income, Other, net and Income tax expense. Management believes that Segment EBITDA is an appropriate measure for evaluating the operating performance of the Company’s business segments because it is the primary measure used by the Company’s chief operating decision maker to evaluate the performance of and allocate resources to the Company’s businesses.

The following tables set forth the Company’s Revenues and Segment EBITDA for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the three and nine months ended March 31, 2020:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

(in millions, except %)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Network Programming

 

$

1,471

 

 

$

1,467

 

 

$

4

 

 

 

-

 

%

 

 

$

4,284

 

 

$

4,221

 

 

$

63

 

 

 

1

 

%

 

Television

 

 

1,695

 

 

 

1,926

 

 

 

(231

)

 

 

(12

)

%

 

 

 

5,601

 

 

 

5,548

 

 

 

53

 

 

 

1

 

%

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

 

 

49

 

 

 

47

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

4

 

%

 

 

 

134

 

 

 

116

 

 

 

18

 

 

 

16

 

%

 

Total revenues

 

$

3,215

 

 

$

3,440

 

 

$

(225

)

 

 

(7

)

%

 

 

$

10,019

 

 

$

9,885

 

 

$

134

 

 

 

1

 

%

 

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

(in millions, except %)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

Segment EBITDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Network Programming

 

$

850

 

 

$

792

 

 

$

58

 

 

 

7

 

%

 

 

$

2,202

 

 

$

2,032

 

 

$

170

 

 

 

8

 

%

 

Television

 

 

135

 

 

 

224

 

 

 

(89

)

 

 

(40)

 

%

 

 

 

407

 

 

 

261

 

 

 

146

 

 

 

56

 

%

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations

 

 

(86

)

 

 

(96

)

 

 

10

 

 

 

10

 

%

 

 

 

(239

)

 

 

(256

)

 

 

17

 

 

 

7

 

%

 

Adjusted EBITDA(a)

 

$

899

 

 

$

920

 

 

$

(21

)

 

 

(2

)

%

 

 

$

2,370

 

 

$

2,037

 

 

$

333

 

 

 

16

 

%

 

 

(a)

For a discussion of Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation of Net income to Adjusted EBITDA, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

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Cable Network Programming (43% of the Company’s revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 and 2020)

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

 

2021

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

(in millions, except %)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliate fee

 

$

1,068

 

 

 

 

$

1,006

 

 

$

62

 

 

 

6

 

%

 

 

$

2,969

 

 

 

 

$

2,902

 

 

$

67

 

 

 

2

 

%

 

Advertising

 

 

283

 

 

 

 

 

304

 

 

 

(21

)

 

 

(7

)

%

 

 

 

1,023

 

 

 

 

 

895

 

 

 

128

 

 

 

14

 

%

 

Other

 

 

120

 

 

 

 

 

157

 

 

 

(37

)

 

 

(24

)

%

 

 

 

292

 

 

 

 

 

424

 

 

 

(132

)

 

 

(31

)

%

 

Total revenues

 

 

1,471

 

 

 

 

 

1,467

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

-

 

%

 

 

 

4,284

 

 

 

 

 

4,221

 

 

 

63

 

 

 

1

 

%

 

Operating expenses

 

 

(505

)

 

 

 

 

(554

)

 

 

49

 

 

 

9

 

%

 

 

 

(1,725

)

 

 

 

 

(1,866

)

 

 

141

 

 

 

8

 

%

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(122

)

 

 

 

 

(126

)

 

 

4

 

 

 

3

 

%

 

 

 

(374

)

 

 

 

 

(342

)

 

 

(32

)

 

 

(9

)

%

 

Amortization of cable distribution investments

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

20

 

%

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

(11

)

%

 

Segment EBITDA

 

$

850

 

 

 

 

$

792

 

 

$

58

 

 

 

7

 

%

 

 

$

2,202

 

 

 

 

$

2,032

 

 

$

170

 

 

 

8

 

%

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Revenues at the Cable Network Programming segment remained relatively flat for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 as the increase in affiliate fee revenue was offset by lower advertising and other revenues. The increase in affiliate fee revenue was primarily due to contractual rate increases on existing affiliate agreements and affiliate agreement renewals, partially offset by a lower average number of subscribers. The decrease in the average number of subscribers was due to a reduction in traditional MVPD subscribers, partially offset by an increase in digital MVPD subscribers. The decrease in advertising revenue was principally due to a slower news cycle, which drove lower linear advertising revenue, including lower ratings, partially offset by higher pricing at FOX News Media. The decrease in other revenues was primarily attributable to lower sports sublicensing revenues due in part to COVID-19 and the absence of revenues generated from Premier Boxing Champions (“PBC”) pay-per-view events.

Cable Network Programming Segment EBITDA increased 7% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to lower expenses. Operating expenses decreased primarily due to lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs driven by the comparative effect of on-site production costs associated with the Super Bowl and lower sublicensed sports rights, partially offset by the higher volume of NASCAR races due to fewer races in the prior year period due to COVID-19.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Revenues at the Cable Network Programming segment remained relatively flat for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 as the increases in affiliate fee and advertising revenues were offset by lower other revenues. The increase in affiliate fee revenue was primarily due to rate increases from affiliate agreement renewals and contractual rate increases on existing affiliate agreements, partially offset by a lower average number of subscribers and estimated affiliate fee credits provided as a result of the under-delivery of live college football games discussed above. The decrease in the average number of subscribers was due to a reduction in traditional MVPD subscribers, partially offset by an increase in digital MVPD subscribers. The increase in advertising revenue was primarily due to the 2020 presidential election coverage at FOX News Media, which drove higher linear advertising revenue, including higher pricing, and higher digital advertising revenue. The decrease in other revenues was primarily attributable to lower sports sublicensing revenues due in part to COVID-19 and lower revenues generated from PBC pay-per-view events.

Cable Network Programming Segment EBITDA increased 8% for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to the affiliate fee and advertising revenue increases noted above and lower expenses. Operating expenses decreased primarily due to lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs driven by the under-delivery of live games in the first half of fiscal 2021, partially offset by contractual rate increases for college football and MLB content and the shift of NASCAR races and MLB regular season games into fiscal 2021 as a result of COVID-19. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased principally due to higher legal and marketing expenses.

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Television (56% of the Company’s revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 and 2020)

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

2021

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

 

2021

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

(in millions, except %)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertising

 

$

915

 

 

 

 

$

1,266

 

 

$

(351

)

 

 

(28

)

%

 

 

$

3,426

 

 

 

 

$

3,726

 

 

$

(300

)

 

 

(8

)

%

 

Affiliate fee

 

 

651

 

 

 

 

 

553

 

 

 

98

 

 

 

18

 

%

 

 

 

1,801

 

 

 

 

 

1,487

 

 

 

314

 

 

 

21

 

%

 

Other

 

 

129

 

 

 

 

 

107

 

 

 

22

 

 

 

21

 

%

 

 

 

374

 

 

 

 

 

335

 

 

 

39

 

 

 

12

 

%

 

Total revenues

 

 

1,695

 

 

 

 

 

1,926

 

 

 

(231

)

 

 

(12

)

%

 

 

 

5,601

 

 

 

 

 

5,548

 

 

 

53

 

 

 

1

 

%

 

Operating expenses

 

 

(1,359

)

 

 

 

 

(1,486

)

 

 

127

 

 

 

9

 

%

 

 

 

(4,613

)

 

 

 

 

(4,713

)

 

 

100

 

 

 

2

 

%

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(201

)

 

 

 

 

(216

)

 

 

15

 

 

 

7

 

%

 

 

 

(581

)

 

 

 

 

(574

)

 

 

(7

)

 

 

(1

)

%

 

Segment EBITDA

 

$

135

 

 

 

 

$

224

 

 

$

(89

)

 

 

(40)

 

%

 

 

$

407

 

 

 

 

$

261

 

 

$

146

 

 

 

56

 

%

 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Revenues at the Television segment decreased 12% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 as higher affiliate fee and other revenues were more than offset by lower advertising revenue. The decrease in advertising revenue was primarily due to the comparative effect of the broadcast of the Super Bowl and lower ratings at the FOX Network due in part to COVID-19-impacted schedules partially offset by the impact of the consolidation of Tubi, the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game and added broadcasts of NFL regular season games. The increase in affiliate fee revenue was primarily due to higher fees received from television stations that are affiliated with the FOX Network and higher average rates partially offset by a lower average number of subscribers at the Company’s owned and operated television stations. The increase in other revenues was primarily due to higher content revenue at FOX Entertainment and Bento Box.

Television Segment EBITDA decreased 40% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to the revenue decreases noted above partially offset by lower expenses. Operating expenses decreased primarily due to lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs, including the absence of the broadcast of the Super Bowl in the current year, and lower entertainment programming rights amortization due to fewer hours of original scripted programming as a result of COVID-19 partially offset by the impact of the consolidation of Tubi. Partially offsetting the decrease in sports programming rights amortization and production costs were the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game, higher volume of NASCAR races due to fewer races in the prior year period due to COVID-19 and added broadcasts of NFL regular season games. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased primarily due to lower marketing costs associated with the absence of the Super Bowl in the current year.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Revenues at the Television segment remained relatively flat for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 as higher affiliate fee and other revenues were offset by lower advertising revenue. The decrease in advertising revenue was primarily due to the comparative effect of the broadcast of the Super Bowl and lower ratings at the FOX Network due in part to COVID-19-impacted schedules partially offset by the impact of the consolidation of Tubi, higher political advertising revenue at the FOX Television Stations related to the 2020 presidential and congressional elections and the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game. The increase in affiliate fee revenue was primarily due to higher fees received from television stations that are affiliated with the FOX Network and higher average rates partially offset by a lower average number of subscribers at the Company’s owned and operated television stations. The increase in other revenues was primarily due to higher content revenue at FOX Entertainment and Bento Box partially offset by lower content licensing revenue at the FOX Network.

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Television Segment EBITDA increased 56% for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 due to higher revenues and lower expenses. Operating expenses decreased primarily due to lower sports programming rights amortization and production costs, including the absence of the broadcast of the Super Bowl in the current year, and lower entertainment programming rights amortization due to fewer hours of original scripted programming as a result of COVID-19 partially offset by the impact of the consolidation of Tubi. Partially offsetting the decrease in sports programming rights amortization and production costs were contractual rate increases for NFL, MLB and college football content, the rotating broadcast of one additional NFL Divisional playoff game and higher volume of NASCAR races due to fewer races in the prior year period due to COVID-19. Selling, general and administrative expenses remained relatively flat primarily due to the Fiscal 2020 Acquisitions offset by lower bad debt expense and lower marketing costs associated with the absence of the Super Bowl in the current year.

 

Other, Corporate and Eliminations (1% of the Company’s revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2021 and 2020)

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

Change

 

 

% Change

(in millions, except %)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better/(Worse)

Revenues

 

$

49

 

 

$

47

 

 

$

2

 

 

 

4

 

%

 

 

$

134

 

 

$

116

 

 

$

18

 

 

 

16

 

%

 

Operating expenses

 

 

(21

)

 

 

(21

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

%

 

 

 

(61

)

 

 

(41

)

 

 

(20

)

 

 

(49

)

%

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(114

)

 

 

(122

)

 

 

8

 

 

 

7

 

%

 

 

 

(312

)

 

 

(331

)

 

 

19

 

 

 

6

 

%

 

Segment EBITDA

 

$

(86

)

 

$

(96

)

 

$

10

 

 

 

10

 

%

 

 

$

(239

)

 

$

(256

)

 

$

17

 

 

 

7

 

%

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Revenues at the Other, Corporate and Eliminations segment increased 4% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to growth at Credible.

Other, Corporate and Eliminations Segment EBITDA increased 10% for the three months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to the revenue increases noted above and lower expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased primarily due to lower professional fees and employee costs.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020

Revenues at the Other, Corporate and Eliminations segment increased 16% for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to the impact of the consolidation of Credible in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 and growth at Credible partially offset by lower revenues from operating the FOX Studio Lot due to COVID-19.

Other, Corporate and Eliminations Segment EBITDA increased 7% for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020 primarily due to the revenue increases noted above partially offset by higher expenses. Operating expenses increased principally due to the impact of the consolidation of Credible. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased primarily due to lower professional fees and employee costs.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Revenues less Operating expenses and Selling, general and administrative expenses. Adjusted EBITDA does not include: Amortization of cable distribution investments, Depreciation and amortization, Impairment and restructuring charges, Interest expense, Interest income, Other, net and Income tax expense.

Management believes that information about Adjusted EBITDA assists all users of the Company’s Financial Statements by allowing them to evaluate changes in the operating results of the Company’s portfolio of businesses separate from non-operational factors that affect Net income, thus providing insight into both operations and the other factors that affect reported results. Adjusted EBITDA provides management, investors and equity analysts a measure to analyze the operating performance of the Company’s business and its enterprise value against historical data and competitors’ data, although historical results, including Adjusted EBITDA, may not be indicative of future results (as operating performance is highly contingent on many factors, including customer tastes and preferences and the impact of COVID-19 and other widespread health emergencies or pandemics and measures to contain their spread).

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Adjusted EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP financial measure and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, net income, cash flow and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). In addition, this measure does not reflect cash available to fund requirements and excludes items, such as depreciation and amortization and impairment charges, which are significant components in assessing the Company’s financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The following table reconciles Net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the three and nine months ended March 31, 2020:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Net income

 

$

582

 

 

$

90

 

 

$

1,929

 

 

$

917

 

Add

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of cable distribution investments

 

 

6

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

19

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

78

 

 

 

57

 

 

 

216

 

 

 

164

 

Impairment and restructuring charges

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

35

 

 

 

9

 

Interest expense

 

 

98

 

 

 

89

 

 

 

296

 

 

 

269

 

Interest income

 

 

-

 

 

 

(8

)

 

 

(3

)

 

 

(33

)

Other, net

 

 

(61

)

 

 

632

 

 

 

(752

)

 

 

345

 

Income tax expense

 

 

196

 

 

 

55

 

 

 

632

 

 

 

347

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

899

 

 

$

920

 

 

$

2,370

 

 

$

2,037

 

 

The following table sets forth the computation of Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the three and nine months ended March 31, 2020:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

Revenues

 

$

3,215

 

 

$

3,440

 

 

$

10,019

 

 

$

9,885

 

Operating expenses

 

 

(1,885

)

 

 

(2,061

)

 

 

(6,399

)

 

 

(6,620

)

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

(437

)

 

 

(464

)

 

 

(1,267

)

 

 

(1,247

)

Amortization of cable distribution investments

 

 

6

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

19

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

899

 

 

$

920

 

 

$

2,370

 

 

$

2,037

 

 

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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Current Financial Condition

The Company’s principal source of liquidity is internally generated funds which are highly dependent upon the continuation of affiliate agreements and the state of the advertising markets, the latter of which continues to be negatively impacted by the weak economic environment as a result of COVID-19. Depending on the duration and severity of the weak economic environment, it could lead to changes in consumer behavior, including increasing numbers of consumers canceling or foregoing subscriptions to MVPD services, that adversely affect the Company’s affiliate fee and advertising revenues. In addition, the Company’s business depends on the volume and popularity of the content it distributes, particularly sports content. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, sports events to which the Company has broadcast rights were cancelled or postponed and the production of certain entertainment content the Company distributes was suspended. Although most sports events and productions have resumed, there may be additional content disruptions in the future and, depending on their duration and severity, these disruptions could materially adversely affect the Company’s future advertising revenues and, over a longer period, its future affiliate fee revenues. The magnitude of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company remains uncertain and subject to change and will depend on evolving factors beyond the Company’s control. These include the duration and extent of the pandemic, including increases or spikes in the number of cases, mutations or related strains of the virus and the success of vaccination efforts; the pace of economic recovery and the economic and operating conditions facing the Company and others in the pandemic’s aftermath; the effect of governmental actions; and potential changes in consumer behavior. The Company has approximately $5.8 billion of cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2021 and an unused five-year $1.0 billion unsecured revolving credit facility (See Note 5—Borrowings to the accompanying Financial Statements). The Company also has access to the worldwide capital markets, subject to market conditions which could be impacted by COVID-19. As of March 31, 2021, the Company was in compliance with all of the covenants under the revolving credit facility, and it does not anticipate any noncompliance with such covenants.

The principal uses of cash that affect the Company’s liquidity position include the following: the acquisition of rights and related payments for entertainment and sports programming; operational expenditures including production costs; marketing and promotional expenses; expenses related to broadcasting the Company’s programming along with the continued investment in the Company’s broadcast technical facilities following the Distribution (as defined in Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “The Distribution”); employee and facility costs; capital expenditures; acquisitions; interest and dividend payments; debt repayments; and stock repurchases.

In addition to the acquisitions, sales and possible acquisitions disclosed elsewhere, the Company has evaluated, and expects to continue to evaluate, possible acquisitions and dispositions of certain businesses and assets. Such transactions may be material and may involve cash, the Company’s securities or the assumption of additional indebtedness.

Sources and Uses of Cash

Net cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was as follows (in millions):

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

$

1,866

 

 

$

1,345

 

The increase in net cash provided by operating activities during the nine months ended March 31, 2021, as compared to the corresponding period of fiscal 2020, was comprised of higher Segment EBITDA and higher programming amortization over cash payments at the Television segment partially offset by higher tax payments.

Net cash used in investing activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was as follows (in millions):

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

$

(329

)

 

$

(397

)

Net cash used in investing activities during the nine months ended March 31, 2021 was primarily comprised of payments related to investments made in connection with establishing the Company’s standalone broadcast technical facilities and additional funding in the Company’s investments in Flutter Entertainment plc partially offset by the sale of the Company’s sports marketing businesses as compared to the acquisitions of three television stations and Credible (See

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Note 2—Acquisitions, Disposals and Other Transactions to the accompanying Financial Statements) partially offset by the sale of the Company’s investment in Roku during the nine months ended March 31, 2020.

Net cash used in financing activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 was as follows (in millions):

 

For the nine months ended March 31,

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net cash used in financing activities

 

$

(417

)

 

$

(986

)

Net cash used in financing activities during the nine months ended March 31, 2021 was lower than the corresponding prior year period primarily due to the $462 million reimbursement from Disney related to the Divestiture Tax.

Stock Repurchase Program

See Note 6—Stockholders’ Equity to the accompanying Financial Statements under the heading “Stock Repurchase Program.”

Dividends

The Company declared a semi-annual dividend of $0.23 per share on both the Class A Common Stock and the Class B Common Stock during the three months ended March 31, 2021, which was paid in April 2021 to stockholders of record on March 10, 2021.

Debt Instruments

Borrowings include senior notes (See Note 9—Borrowings in the 2020 Form 10-K under the heading “Public Debt – Senior Notes Issued”).

Ratings of the senior notes

The following table summarizes the Company’s credit ratings as of March 31, 2021:

 

Rating Agency

 

Senior Debt

 

Outlook

Moody's

 

Baa2

 

Stable

Standard & Poor's

 

BBB

 

Stable

 

Revolving Credit Agreement

The Company has an unused five-year $1.0 billion unsecured revolving credit facility with a maturity date of March 2024 (See Note 5—Borrowings to the accompanying Financial Statements).

Commitments and Contingencies

See Note 8—Commitments and Contingencies to the accompanying Financial Statements.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation to the accompanying Financial Statements under the heading “Recently Adopted and Recently Issued Accounting Guidance.”

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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical or current fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including any statements regarding (i) future earnings, revenues or other measures of the Company’s financial performance; (ii) the Company’s plans, strategies and objectives for future operations; (iii) proposed new programming or other offerings; (iv) future economic conditions or performance; and (v) assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Forward-looking statements may include, among others, the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “believes,” “estimates,” “outlook” or any other similar words.

Although the Company’s management believes that the expectations reflected in any of the Company’s forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any forward-looking statements. The Company’s future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and to inherent risks and uncertainties, such as those disclosed or incorporated by reference in our filings with the SEC. Important factors that could cause the Company’s actual results, performance and achievements to differ materially from those estimates or projections contained in the Company’s forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, government regulation, economic, strategic, political and social conditions and the following factors:

 

the impact of COVID-19 and other widespread health emergencies or pandemics and measures to contain their spread and related weak macroeconomic conditions and increased market volatility;

 

the impact of COVID-19 specifically on the Company, including content disruptions that negatively affect the volume or popularity of the Company’s programming, particularly sports programming, and potential non-cash impairment charges resulting from significant declines in the Company’s estimated revenues or the expected popularity of the Company’s programming;

 

evolving technologies and distribution platforms and changes in consumer behavior as consumers seek more control over when, where and how they consume content, and related impacts on advertisers and traditional MVPDs;

 

declines in advertising expenditures due to various factors such as the economic prospects of advertisers or the economy in general, new technologies and distribution platforms and related changes in consumer behavior, and shifts in advertisers’ spending toward digital and mobile offerings and away from more traditional media;

 

further declines in the number of subscribers to traditional MVPD services;

 

the failure to enter into or renew on favorable terms, or at all, affiliation or carriage agreements or arrangements through which the Company makes its content available for viewing through online video platforms;

 

the highly competitive nature of the industry in which the Company’s businesses operate;

 

the popularity of the Company’s content, including special sports events; the continued popularity of the sports franchises, leagues and teams for which the Company has acquired programming rights;

 

the Company’s ability to renew programming rights, particularly sports programming rights, on sufficiently favorable terms, or at all;

 

damage to the Company’s brands or reputation;

 

the inability to realize the anticipated benefits of the Company’s strategic investments and acquisitions;

 

the failure to comply with laws, regulations, rules, industry standards or contractual obligations relating to privacy and personal data protection;

 

a degradation, failure or misuse of the Company’s network and information systems and other technology relied on by the Company that causes a disruption of services or improper disclosure of personal data or other confidential information;

 

content piracy and signal theft and the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property rights;

 

the loss of key personnel;

 

labor disputes, including labor disputes involving professional sports leagues whose games or events the Company has the right to broadcast;

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changes in tax, federal communications or other laws, regulations, practices or the interpretations thereof (including changes in legislation currently being considered);

 

the impact of any investigations or fines from governmental authorities, including FCC rules and policies and FCC decisions regarding revocation, renewal or grant of station licenses, waivers and other matters;

 

the failure or destruction of satellites or transmitter facilities the Company depends on to distribute its programming;

 

lower than expected valuations associated with one of the Company’s reporting units, indefinite-lived intangible assets, investments or long-lived assets;

 

changes in GAAP or other applicable accounting standards and policies;

 

the Company’s limited operating history as a standalone, publicly traded company and the risk that the Company is unable to make, on a timely or cost-effective basis, the changes necessary to operate effectively as a standalone, publicly traded company;

 

increased costs in connection with the Company operating as a standalone, publicly traded company following the Distribution and the loss of synergies the Company enjoyed from operating as part of 21CF;

 

the Company’s reliance on 21CF to provide the Company various services during transition periods under transition services agreements with 21CF, including broadcast operations, sports production, information systems and technology, and other services, and the risks that 21CF does not properly provide the services under these agreements or that the Company is unable to provide or obtain such services following the applicable transition period (or during such transition period, if 21CF does not properly provide them in a timely and cost effective manner);

 

the Company’s ability to secure additional capital on acceptable terms;

 

the impact of any payments the Company is required to make or liabilities it is required to assume under the Separation Agreement (as defined in Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation in the 2020 Form 10-K) and the indemnification arrangements entered into in connection with the Separation and the Distribution (as defined in Note 1—Description of Business and Basis of Presentation in the 2020 Form 10-K); and

 

the other risks and uncertainties detailed in Part I., Item 1A. “Risk Factors” in the 2020 Form 10-K.

Forward-looking statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q speak only as of the date hereof, and forward-looking statements in documents that are incorporated by reference hereto speak only as of the date of those documents. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or release any revisions to any forward-looking statement made herein or to report any events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or to conform such statements to actual results or changes in our expectations, except as required by law.

ITEM 3.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

There have been no material changes in the market risks reported in the 2020 Form 10-K.

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ITEM 4.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

(a)

Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Company’s management, with the participation of the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report. Based on such evaluation, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that, as of the end of such period, the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective in recording, processing, summarizing and reporting on a timely basis, information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act and were effective in ensuring that information required to be disclosed by the Company in the reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

 

(b)

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

During the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company implemented a new advertising sales planning, trafficking and billing system for its sports and entertainment businesses to replace a system that was subject to a Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. transition services agreement. As a result, the Company has implemented updates and changes to its current processes and related control activities.

Other than as stated in the previous paragraph, there were no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act) during the Company’s third quarter of fiscal 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the Company’s employees continue to work remotely, and the Company has strived to minimize the impact of this on the design and effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. The Company is continually monitoring and assessing its internal control over financial reporting and has not experienced any material impact to its internal control over financial reporting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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PART II

ITEM 1.

See Note 8—Commitments and Contingencies to the accompanying Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements of FOX under the heading “Contingencies” for a discussion of the Company’s legal proceedings.

ITEM 1A.

RISK FACTORS

There have been no material changes to the risk factors described in the section titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2020 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 10, 2020.

ITEM 2.

UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS

Below is a summary of the Company’s repurchases of its Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Class A Common Stock”), and Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Class B Common Stock” and, together with the Class A Common Stock, the “Common Stock”), during the three months ended March 31, 2021:

 

 

 

Total number

of shares purchased(a)

 

 

Average price

paid per share(b)

 

 

Approximate dollar value

of shares that may yet

be purchased under the

program(b)(c)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(in millions)

 

January 1, 2021 – January 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

 

707,531

 

 

$

30.77

 

 

 

 

 

Class B common stock

 

 

310,602

 

 

 

30.09

 

 

 

 

 

February 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

 

4,019,798

 

 

 

32.85

 

 

 

 

 

Class B common stock

 

 

1,099,719

 

 

 

31.70

 

 

 

 

 

March 1, 2021 – March 31, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

 

1,803,783

 

 

 

39.25

 

 

 

 

 

Class B common stock

 

 

998,116

 

 

 

37.36

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A common stock

 

 

6,531,112

 

 

 

34.39

 

 

 

 

 

Class B common stock

 

 

2,408,437

 

 

 

33.84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8,939,549

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

675

 

 

(a)

The Company has not made any purchases of Common Stock other than in connection with the publicly announced stock repurchase program described below.

(b)

These amounts exclude any fees, commissions or other costs associated with the share repurchases.

(c)

On November 6, 2019, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had authorized a stock repurchase program providing for the repurchase of $2 billion of the Company’s Common Stock. The program has no time limit and may be modified, suspended or discontinued at any time.

In total, the Company repurchased approximately 24 million shares of Common Stock for $725 million during the nine months ended March 31, 2021.

ITEM 3.

DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES

Not applicable

ITEM 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

Not applicable

ITEM 5.

OTHER INFORMATION

Not applicable

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ITEM 6.

EXHIBITS

(a)

Exhibits.

 

3.1

 

Amended and Restated By-laws of Fox Corporation (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K dated February 23, 2021 and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 24, 2021).

 

 

 

31.1

 

Chief Executive Officer Certification required by Rules 13a-14 and 15d-14 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.*

 

 

 

31.2

  

Chief Financial Officer Certification required by Rules 13a-14 and 15d-14 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.*

 

 

 

32.1

  

Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002.**

 

 

 

101

  

The following financial information from the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 formatted in Inline XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020; (ii) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020; (iii) Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2021 (unaudited) and June 30, 2020 (audited); (iv) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020; (v) Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Equity for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020; and (vi) Notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements.*

 

 

 

104

 

Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted in Inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).

 

*

Filed herewith.

**

Furnished herewith.

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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

Fox Corporation

 

(Registrant)

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Steven Tomsic

 

 

 

Steven Tomsic

 

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

Date: May 5, 2021

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