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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.05
DISCA's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
53% of the 546 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. DISCA: 0.05 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.05

Equity to Asset 0.35
DISCA's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
63% of the 535 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.44 vs. DISCA: 0.35 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 0.79
Current: 0.35

0.35
0.79
Interest Coverage 6.28
DISCA's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
66% of the 317 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.19 vs. DISCA: 6.28 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 5.14   Max: 9999.99
Current: 6.28

5.14
9999.99
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 1.96
M-Score: -2.47
WACC vs ROIC
9.99%
10.75%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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Operating margin (%) 32.90
DISCA's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 550 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.81 vs. DISCA: 32.90 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -59.15   Max: 43.26
Current: 32.9

-59.15
43.26
Net-margin (%) 18.18
DISCA's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 550 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. DISCA: 18.18 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -102.72   Max: 27.16
Current: 18.18

-102.72
27.16
ROE (%) 19.05
DISCA's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 521 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 6.54 vs. DISCA: 19.05 )
DISCA' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -15.86   Max: 19.31
Current: 19.05

-15.86
19.31
ROA (%) 7.23
DISCA's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 553 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.07 vs. DISCA: 7.23 )
DISCA' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -10.71   Max: 9.87
Current: 7.23

-10.71
9.87
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 164.20
DISCA's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 549 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 19.72 vs. DISCA: 164.20 )
DISCA' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -36.09   Max: 201.53
Current: 164.2

-36.09
201.53
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -3.90
DISCA's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. DISCA: -3.90 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 217.5
Current: -3.9

0
217.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -9.20
DISCA's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 400 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.60 vs. DISCA: -9.20 )
DISCA' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 145.6
Current: -9.2

0
145.6
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -16.00
DISCA's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 364 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. DISCA: -16.00 )
DISCA' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 92
Current: -16

0
92
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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

DISCA Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 503,597 sh (New)
Jim Simons 145,250 sh (New)
Chuck Akre 1,784,200 sh (+346.05%)
Jeff Auxier 2,866 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 552,369 sh (-1.56%)
Pioneer Investments 100,315 sh (-2.68%)
Ken Fisher 140,014 sh (-5.13%)
Ron Baron 1,401,611 sh (-8.11%)
Murray Stahl 831,993 sh (-9.66%)
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Q2 2014

DISCA Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 5,253 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 24,000 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 3,605 sh (New)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 952,082 sh (New)
Frank Sands 1,272,850 sh (New)
Jim Simons 627,650 sh (+332.12%)
Mario Gabelli 557,817 sh (+0.99%)
Ron Baron 1,401,788 sh (+0.01%)
Steven Cohen 12,800 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 2,866 sh (unchged)
Murray Stahl 826,406 sh (-0.67%)
Pioneer Investments 95,727 sh (-4.57%)
Ken Fisher 129,251 sh (-7.69%)
Chuck Akre 2,868,230 sh (-19.62%)
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Q3 2014

DISCA Guru Trades in Q3 2014

John Burbank 2,632 sh (New)
George Soros 492,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 48,424 sh (+821.84%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,342,021 sh (+40.96%)
Murray Stahl 1,013,664 sh (+22.66%)
Ken Fisher 137,637 sh (+6.49%)
Frank Sands 1,324,650 sh (+4.07%)
Mario Gabelli 568,723 sh (+1.96%)
John Burbank 160,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Jeff Auxier Sold Out
Chuck Akre Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Ron Baron 1,090,093 sh (-22.24%)
Jim Simons 104,650 sh (-83.33%)
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Q4 2014

DISCA Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 2,900,480 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 1,379,476 sh (New)
Ruane Cunniff 1,311,904 sh (New)
George Soros 772,000 sh (+56.91%)
Murray Stahl 1,226,924 sh (+21.04%)
Ken Fisher 150,131 sh (+9.08%)
Mario Gabelli 615,883 sh (+8.29%)
Frank Sands 1,397,450 sh (+5.50%)
Frank Sands 1,397,450 sh (+5.50%)
John Burbank 160,000 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Jean-Marie Eveillard Sold Out
Ron Baron 1,084,642 sh (-0.50%)
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Guru Investment Theses on Discovery Communications Inc

Wallace Weitz Comments on Discovery Communications - Oct 17, 2014

Discovery (DISCA) is a world-class provider of global pay-tv programming including ‘must-carry’ channels (Discovery, TLC and Animal Planet) as well as emerging and niche networks (ID, OWN and Science, among others). Non-fiction content is a wonderful business – it is cheap to produce and portable across geographies, driving excellent margins and cash flows. Discovery is especially well positioned to benefit from the long-tailed wave of increasing pay-tv adoption outside the U.S. The company generally owns the full rights to its content, providing bargaining power as the distribution ecosystem evolves. We project per-share cash flow growth in the high teens over the next several years, fueled by the international business. From today’s price, we think the stock’s return potential is adequate-to-exceptional with solid downside protection.

From Wallace Weitz (Trades, Portfolio)'s Value Fund Q3 2014 Commentary.

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Baron Funds Comments on Discovery Communications - May 02, 2014

Shares of Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA), a leading global cable network programming operator, fell after reporting weaker results for its fourth quarter 2013, as well as lower ratings for its television content. Since then, Discovery's ratings have improved, and its 2014 financial guidance appears increasingly achievable. We remain positive on Discovery, as we believe it will disproportionately benefit from the continued growth in its international markets for the next several years, aided by its recent European acquisitions, Eurosport and SBS.



From Baron Funds' first quarter 2014 letter to investors.



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Baron Funds Comments on Discover Communications Inc. - May 01, 2013

Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISCA) owns and operates several cable networks, including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the Learning Channel. Its networks have achieved ongoing increases in their viewership levels, which have allowed the company to charge higher rates to advertisers and to the cable systems that deliver their networks.We expect Discovery to continue to profit from lucrative deals with distributors that would like to offer the company's content through Internet-based platforms.

From Baron Funds’ first quarter 2013 letter.


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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 11.90
DISCA's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
92% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 48.00 vs. DISCA: 11.90 )
DISCA' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 6.69   Max: 149.73
Current: 11.9

6.69
149.73
Forward P/E 14.22
DISCA's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
89% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 31.65 vs. DISCA: 14.22 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 12.80
DISCA's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
93% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 47.90 vs. DISCA: 12.80 )
DISCA' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 7.3   Max: 145.99
Current: 12.8

7.3
145.99
P/B 2.50
DISCA's P/B is ranked higher than
69% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.11 vs. DISCA: 2.50 )
DISCA' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.27   Max: 3.3
Current: 2.5

0.27
3.3
P/S 3.40
DISCA's P/S is ranked higher than
59% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 2.33 vs. DISCA: 3.40 )
DISCA' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.59   Max: 9.56
Current: 3.4

0.59
9.56
PFCF 13.10
DISCA's PFCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 47.37 vs. DISCA: 13.10 )
DISCA' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 4.34   Max: 1167.9
Current: 13.1

4.34
1167.9
POCF 12.43
DISCA's POCF is ranked higher than
78% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 16.45 vs. DISCA: 12.43 )
DISCA' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 3.43   Max: 71.32
Current: 12.43

3.43
71.32
EV-to-EBIT 10.21
DISCA's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
90% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 25.48 vs. DISCA: 10.21 )
DISCA' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -1321   Max: 19.8
Current: 10.21

-1321
19.8
PEG 10.67
DISCA's PEG is ranked higher than
87% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. DISCA: 10.67 )
DISCA' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 2.52
Current: 10.67

0.17
2.52
Shiller P/E 14.10
DISCA's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
93% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 204.69 vs. DISCA: 14.10 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 13.24   Max: 42.1
Current: 14.1

13.24
42.1
Current Ratio 0.96
DISCA's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
60% of the 541 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. DISCA: 0.96 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.96   Max: 4.45
Current: 0.96

0.96
4.45
Quick Ratio 0.96
DISCA's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 540 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.29 vs. DISCA: 0.96 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.96   Max: 4.45
Current: 0.96

0.96
4.45
Days Sales Outstanding 83.49
DISCA's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
72% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 82.84 vs. DISCA: 83.49 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 48.03   Max: 91.92
Current: 83.49

48.03
91.92

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.30
DISCA's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
83% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 3.30 vs. DISCA: 1.30 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 2.54
Current: 1.3

0.69
2.54
Price/Median PS Value 0.90
DISCA's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
84% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 1.40 vs. DISCA: 0.90 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.25   Max: 3.35
Current: 0.9

0.25
3.35
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.90
DISCA's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
97% of the 584 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. DISCA: 0.90 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.49   Max: 2.56
Current: 0.9

0.49
2.56
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 10.30
DISCA's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
89% of the 546 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. DISCA: 10.30 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5   Max: 21.6
Current: 10.3

5
21.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 20.13
DISCA's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
88% of the 353 Companies
in the Global Media - Diversified industry.

( Industry Median: 9.75 vs. DISCA: 20.13 )
DISCA' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 2.8   Max: 57.2
Current: 20.13

2.8
57.2

Business Description

Industry: Entertainment » Media - Diversified
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Discovery Communications Inc was formed on September 17, 2008, in connection with Discovery Holding Company 'DHC' and Advance/Newhouse Programming Partnership 'Advance/Newhouse' combining their respective ownership interests in Discovery Communications Holding, LLC ('DCH') and exchanging those interests with and into Discovery (the 'Discovery Formation'). The Company is nonfiction media company that provides original and purchased content to more than 2.2 billion cumulative viewers worldwide through networks that it wholly or partially own. It distributes customized content in the U.S. and over 220 other countries and territories in over 40 languages. Its portfolio of networks includes prominent television brands such as Discovery Channel, one of the first nonfiction networks and its distributed global brand, TLC and Animal Planet. The Company also has a diversified portfolio of websites and develops and sell curriculum-based education products and services. Its content spans genres including science, exploration, survival, natural history, sustainability of the environment, technology, docu-series, anthropology, paleontology, history, space, archaeology, health and wellness, engineering, adventure, lifestyles, forensics, civilizations and current events. The Company's programming tends to maintain its relevance for an extended period of time. As a result, a significant amount of its content translates well across international borders and is made even more accessible through extensive use of dubbing and subtitles in local languages. The Company own and lease 1.7 million square feet of building space for the conduct of its businesses at 65 locations throughout the world. In the U.S. alone, it own and lease approximately 597,000 and 564,000 square feet of building space, respectively, at 13 locations. The Company's networks compete with other television networks, including broadcast, cable and local, for the distribution of its programming and fees charged to cable television operators, DTH satellite service providers and other distributors that carry its network programming. The Company's networks and websites also compete for their target audiences with all forms of programming and other media provided to viewers, including broadcast, cable and local networks, pay-per-view and VOD services, DVDs, online activities and other forms of news, information and entertainment. Its businesses are subject to and affected by regulations of U.S. federal, state and local government authorities, and its international operations are subject to laws and regulations of local countries and international bodies such as the European Union.
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