For the second quarter of 2011, Disney reported profit of $2.2 billion. Revenue growth was supported in all operating segments, easily surpassing expectations.
Trop opened as the top weekend movie with $43.6 million in sales.
Disney completed its $600m sale of Miramax to a group of investors led by construction magnate Ron Tutor.
Disney announced an increase in its annual dividend from 35 cents to 40 cents. The dividend will be paid on January 18 to shareholders of record as of December 13.
After the company's fourth quarter earnings were unexpectedly leaked early, analysts said profit excluding restructuring costs of 50 cents a share exceeded average analyst estimates of 47 cents per share.
Disney accidentally made available its Q4 earnings on its website before its scheduled public release, causing the stock to drop 5% in a matter of minutes in intraday trading. The shares have since recovered.
A former assistant to a senior Disney executive plead guilty to criminal charges in an insider trading scheme.
S&P raised its outlook for Disney to stable, saying Disney has reduced its outstanding debt by 8% in the past year. S&P has an A credit rating on Disney.
Disney easily surpassed analyst expectations in reporting a 40% increase in earnings for the third quarter of 2010, fed by the World Cup (ESPN) and stellar box office receipts from Toy Story and Iron Man 2
"Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the show that saved ABC in the network rankings, is the subject of a lawsuit from its British creator because Disney has not handed over any profits. The firm is seeking $395 million in damages from Disney.
Disney sold the rights to Power Rangers back to media investor Haim Saban. Mothers had disliked the use of hand-to-hand violence in the franchise.
Citigroup upgraded shares of Disney to hold from sell Wednesday morning, citing valuation and strong earnings coming from movie studios over coming quarters.
Stocks overall fell on a downgrade warning of Portugal and riots in Greece, with Disney leading the fall.
Disney was reported to be in the final stages of closing a deal to sell its Miramax film studio to Yucaipa Cos for $625 million.
Disney reported earnings of $844 million, or 44 cents per share, beating analyst expectations of 38 cents per share. Revenue was $9.7 billion in the quarter, over revenue of $9.6 billion in the year-ago period.
CEO Robert Iger said the company was in talks to sell its Miramax film unit, saying investing in Miramax movies was not a party of Disney's "core strategy." Miramax is the maker of "Kill Bill" and "Pulp Fiction."
Disney said it would donate $100,000 to the Red Cross to assist with the earthquake relief in Haiti.
Robert A Iger, CEO of Disney, received a $2 million salary and a $9.3 million bonus for fiscal 2009, a 28% drop fromt he previous year. The firm's 2009 profit dropped 25 percent to $3.3 billion.
Barclays Capital upgraded Disney to a price target of 36.
Sales at Disney's retail stores are reporting double-digit improvements in sales over the previous year as of noon. Roughly 130 out of Disney's 205 stores opened at midnight.
British broadcaster ITV paid 22.25 pounds to acquire the 25% of GMTV that it doesn't already own. GMTV is a breakfast TV franchise operator.
Disney's net income rose 18% to $895 million, fed by strong growth at ESPN and ABC Family TV channels.
Dick Cook, the head of Disney's studio unit, stepped down after 39 years at the company. Cook said he had been contemplating his decision "for a while now." The company did not announce who would succeed Cook.
Oscar-winning filmmaker del Toro is joining forces with Disney to create a new brand, "Disney Double Dare You," which will produce scary animated films.
The deal will give Disney rights to 5000 of comic book characters such as X-Men and Spider Man.
A Disney stunt performer died after suffering an injury in practice for the Indiana Jones stunt show. This follows the deaths of a sword performer and monorail driver this summer.
Jetix Italy announced a deal with the Walt Disney Company to take ownership of the channels GXT and K2
Hong Kong is close to reaching an agreement with Disney over expanding the HK Disneyland, which is 54% owned by the government. Disney will finance the expansion project while the government will conver loans into equity to keep a controlling stake.
Disney joins NBC universal (GE), News Corporation and Providence Equity Partners as an equity owner of Hulu.
As part of an early announced reorganization, Disney announced it had cut 1900 theme park employees, or 11% of the division's workforce. 1200 employees were laid off and 50 executives accepted a voluntary buyout offer.
JP Morgan said Disney had limited near-term upside potential, but is "very well-positioned long term." Second quarter EPS estimates were downgraded to 40 cents fro 42 cents.
Disney and Hulu resumed 'serious' talks into offering ABC video programming on the online website Hulu.com owned by NBC Universal and News Corp
Disney halted all creative and design work on the expansion of Hong Kong Disneyland and laid off more than 30 employees. The Hong Kong government, which holds a 57% stake in HK Disneyland, told the company there is no timetable for the expansion of the park.
S&P gave an A rating to Disney's proposed $500 million global notes due in 2019, citing premier creative franchises, extensive media distribution, conservative capital structure, and good discretionary cash flow. Disney has an A credit rating and a negative outlook.
Disney bought Kerpoof, a kids art and drawing website, for an undisclosed amount. Kerpoof will be integrated into disney.com. The website's 3D drawing technologies have become popular among elementary school teachers.
Disney revenue dropped from $10.5 billion to $9.6 billion. Earnings per share for Q1 were 45 cents compared with 63 cents last year.
Disney reported first quarter net income fell 32%, below analysts' expectations. Falling DVD sales, theme park attendance contributed to the decrease in net income.
ABC will lay off 200 workers and freeze another 200 vacant jobs, amounting to an overall 5% job cut. "After months of making hard decisions across our businesses to help us adjust to a weakening economy, we're now faced with the harsh reality of having to eliminate jobs in some areas," said Anne Sweeney, president of Disney-ABC Television.
Disney announced it would combine its ABC network programming and studio production units to focus creative efforts on shows for its own network. The move is also expected to cut costs. At the same time, the company is offering 600 buyouts to theme park executives.
The global economic downturn hit Walt Disney this quarter as the company reported earnings of $760 million, or 40 cents per share, down from $877 million, or 44 cents per share a year ago. Disney said the advertising climate had softened the performance of its cable and broadcast networks and that its theme parks suffered from higher labor and fuel costs.
The Los Angeles Times reported Disney executives have been meeting this week to prepare cost saving meansures that may include company wide job cuts. Company executives said no decisions had been made about layoffs yet.
On August 1, 2008 The Walt Disney Company released its third quarter earnings results. The company's revenues for the quarter were $9.24 billion, a 2% increase fromt he same period of 2007. While earnings beat anaylysts' expectations, shares slipped as investors noted Disney may be more negatively affected by the weak economy than originally expected.
On May 6, 2008 Disney released its second quarter earnings. The company's profits increased 22%, beating analyst expectations. Profits were driven by strong results in media networks, entertainment and the parks and resorts business segments.
Disney released its first quarter earnings results on February 6, 2008. The company's results beat analysts' expectations with increased revenues from cable sales and theme park sales. Disney announced earnings per share of $0.63.
On November 8, 2007, Disney released its fourth quarter earnings. While the company reported 12% gains in profits, shares slipped in following days.
For the third quarter of its fiscal year 2007, Disney reported a 4.7% increase in profit (57 cents per share as opposed to the expected 53 cents), due largely to strong performance in television programming and revenues from its theme parks. The stock rose 2.5% in Wednesday's regular session.
Disney's stock rose 2.6% on June 15, 2007, when an analyst at SMH Capital upgraded the company to "buy" with a 12-month target price of $44.
In a deal with a labor union representing around one-third of all Disney employees, the company agreed to a new contract through October of 2010. Provisions in the deal include pay raises (in the 4%-5% range, on average) and enhanced pension plans. Disney's stock fell on this news.
Stock moves from 35.63 to 35.97 in a day on news that Disney debuted a social networking site for children under 14 years of age.