aol inc (AOL) Key Developments
AOL Inc. and NBCUniversal Announce Video Content Partnership
Apr 29 15
AOL Inc. and NBCUniversal announced an expansive content distribution and development agreement of both exclusive and non-exclusive content. Beginning this summer, NBCUniversal video clips and segments from select entertainment and news programming will be available to stream on AOL On (on.aol.com), the AOL On mobile app, and across 16 major platforms which the AOL On app is available. The content will be from NBCUniversal's vast portfolio of broadcast networks, cable channels and digital networks, including Bravo, CNBC, E!, Esquire, MSNBC, NBC, Oxygen, Syfy, Telemundo and USA. Together, the companies are exploring AOL brand experts to appear across certain NBCUniversal linear TV properties. Further, AOL and NBCUniversal will co-develop and co-produce original Web video series for distribution over the NBCUniversal and AOL platforms, and are in discussions on creating weekly live programming together.
AOL Inc. Announces Launch of ONE by AOL Platform
Apr 17 15
AOL Inc. has launched ONE by AOL, an open, unified programmatic platform. ONE delivers a consolidated, holistic view of marketing spend and performance across all screens including TV and is unprecedented in current market. The launch of ONE represents a meaningful step in the simplification in the marketplace for marketers, agencies and publishers. In conjunction with the launch, AOL will consolidate most of its programmatic brands to align with the ONE platform.
AOL Joins Forces with FourthWall Media
Mar 31 15
AOL and FourthWall Media reported an expanded licensing agreement that provides for a wider, more granular pool of data for targeted television advertising. According to a release from FourthWall Media, AOL's open approach to data allows for critical partners like FourthWall Media to provide a more complete assessment of viewing patterns to better correlate spend recommendations for advertisers.
AOL Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with the Players' Tribune
Feb 14 15
AOL Inc. announced it has been selected by The Players' Tribune, to be the distribution and co-production launch partner. The Players' Tribune aims to provide unique insight into the daily sports conversation and to publish first-person stories directly from athletes. This partnership further solidifies AOL's commitment to premium video, creating exclusive original content experiences for consumers. As part of the partnership, AOL will distribute The Players' Tribune content on AOL.com and across AOL's network of 92M monthly unique viewers; co-produce exclusive content on both platforms; and co-produce sporting events together throughout the year to bring the offline experience to life for fans online.
AOL Inc. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2014; Reports Asset Impairments and Write Offs for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2014; Provides Tax Rate Guidance for the Full Year 2015
Feb 11 15
AOL Inc. reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported total revenue of $710.3 million, operating income of $79.3 million, income before income taxes of $76.8 million, net income attributable to company of $59.6 million or $0.73 per diluted share against total revenue of $679.0 million, operating income of $71.8 million, income before income taxes of $70.8 million, net income attributable to company of $36.0 million or $0.43 per diluted share a year ago. Adjusted net income attributable to the company was $75.8 million or $0.92 per diluted share compared to $53.3 million or $0.64 per diluted share a year ago. Adjusted OIBDA was $156.7 million against $147.3 million a year ago. Free cash flow was $85.8 million compared to $60.4 million a year ago. Cash provided by operating activities was $123 million.
For the year, the company reported total revenue of $2,527.2 million, operating income of $205.5 million, income before income taxes of $196.0 million, net income attributable to company of $125.6 million or $1.51 per diluted share against total revenue of $2,319.9 million, operating income of $190.3 million, income before income taxes of $183.7 million, net income attributable to company of $92.4 million or $1.13 per diluted share a year ago. Cash provided by operating activities was $409.7 million against $318.9 million a year ago. Capital expenditures and product development costs were $73.9 million against $65.7 million a year ago. Adjusted net income attributable to the company was $185.8 million or $2.24 per diluted share compared to $170.7 million or $2.08 per diluted share a year ago. Adjusted OIBDA was $507.3 million against $480.7 million a year ago. Free cash flow was $264.0 million compared to $192.1 million a year ago.
For the quarter, the company reported asset impairments and write offs of $1.3 million compared to $0.2 million a year ago.
For the year 2015, the company expects annual effective tax rate to be in the low 40s, which is significantly below historical levels.