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Viacom's Profit Falls 18%, but Beats Expectations

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:04 AM

Viacom posted an 18 percent drop in second-quarter net income Wednesday due to lower revenue, especially from the filmed entertainment division that includes Paramount Pictures.

It's a tough comparison to last year, when Viacom was raking in proceeds from "Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol," and the company actually surpassed Wall Street's profit expectations.

Viacom reported earnings of $478 million, or 96 cents per share, in the January-March period. That's down from $585 million, or $1.07 per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Revenue fell 6 percent to $3.14 billion from $3.33 billion. Revenue from its filmed entertainment business dropped 20 percent to $971 million, from $1.17 billion.

Analysts had expected earnings of 95 cents per share on overall revenue of $3.18 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.

Viacom Inc., based in New York, owns MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and other TV networks.

Revenue from the media networks division grew 2 percent to $2.23 billion thanks to more robust advertising and affiliate revenue.

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