Despite a boost from Cookie and Lucious,
The Fox broadcast network delivered a strong performance for the quarter ended Dec. 31, with higher revenue for its
However, the 20th Century Fox filmed entertainment unit, based in Los Angeles, turned in a disappointing performance.
The film studio released the blockbuster "The Martian" with
In the year-earlier period, Fox film results were fueled by home video DVD sales for "X-Men: Days of Futures Past" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Home video sales were lighter this time around for the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Spy."
Fox released its fiscal second-quarter earnings Monday. The company delivered net income of $748 million, or 34 cents a share, down from $6.3 billion, or $2.88 a share in the previous year.
Excluding contributions from divested units, the company produced earnings of 44 cents a share, compared to 53 cents, in the year-earlier period. That matched Wall Street's forecasts.
But quarterly revenue of $7.38 billion fell short of expectations. In the year-earlier period, Fox generated $8 billion in revenue.Wall Street analysts had predicted the company would generate $7.5 billion in revenue, according to a Thomson Reuters.
Broadcast TV revenue was up 6% to $1.7 billion, helped by the TV "Empire" and strong NFL ratings. However, the unit's operating income was down, in large part, because of higher sports costs and fewer World Series baseball games.
Filmed Entertainment revenue fell 14% to $2.36 billion in revenue. The film unit, which includes the film and TV production studios, also lacked contribution from the Shine TV production unit, which was folded into a joint venture with another firm.
Fox also has substantial overseas TV operations so the company got dinged by the adverse effect of foreign currency exchange rates."Overall, we are pleased with the momentum at a majority of our businesses," Fox Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch told analysts during an afternoon conference call.
Fox is looking to cut $250 million in expenses this year.
Fox shares closed down 48 cents, or 1.9%, to $24.59. Shares fell in the after hours market after the company's earnings came out and the company revised its guidance for the year.