Walt Disney Co. reported a 12% increase in net income for its fiscal fourth quarter, lifted by the performance of its consumer products, studio, and parks and resorts divisions.
The Burbank company posted net income of $1.394 billion for the quarter that ended Sept. 28, up from $1.244 billion a year earlier. Revenue rose 7% to $11.568 billion, the Los Angeles Times reported.
That was slightly ahead of the expectations of analysts, who predicted earnings per share of 76 cents, according to investment research firm Zacks.
Shares of Disney fell $1.85 on Thursday to $67.15 in regular trading. The stock was down to $66.48 in after-hours trading. The shares are up 35% on the year.
Disney's earnings release came just hours after the company made a splash with video delivery service Netflix Inc., announcing a long-term agreement for several new live-action series based on Marvel Entertainment comic book characters.
The shows from Disney-owned Marvel will begin their rollout on Netflix in 2015. Characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will get their own shows. Each will receive a 13-episode story arc, to be followed by a miniseries based on Marvel's "The Defenders" franchise.
Disney's movie studio fared better than it did in the third quarter, when it posted a 36% decline in operating income from a year earlier -- partly because of marketing costs associated with "The Lone Ranger," the company's costly summer disappointment.
The studio posted operating income of $108 million in its fourth quarter, up 35% from a year earlier. Revenue was up 7% to $1.506 billion. Disney attributed the improvement to growth in video-on-demand distribution and better theatrical results.
The company had a hit in "Monsters University," which was released June 21 and has grossed $743 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. The film offset the poor performance of "Lone Ranger."
Disney's media networks group, which includes ABC and ESPN, posted operating income of $1.442 billion, down 8%. That decline was partly due to a decrease in operating income at the company's cable networks division, which was driven by a reduction of $172 million due to revenue deferrals at ESPN. (Absent that impact, the cable division's operating income would have been $77 million higher.) Overall, revenue rose 1% to $4.946 billion for the media networks.
Disney also reported its full fiscal year results. The company achieved record revenue, net income and earnings per share for fiscal 2013. Net income for the year reached $6.1 billion on revenue of $45 billion.
-- Daniel Miller, Los Angeles Times