NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery, Inc. ("Discovery" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery said, "We made great strides in the quarter operationally, financially and creatively. The team drove solid momentum in our direct-to-consumer business, which we grew to 20 million paid subscribers at quarter end on the strength of our global brands and fan-favorite content, including the Summer Olympic Games and Shark Week. Additionally, we delivered double-digit growth in both advertising and distribution revenues, as we doubled next generation revenues year over year. This strong performance once again drove very healthy cash flows during the quarter, further strengthening our balance sheet and financial profile. We are very excited about our pending merger with WarnerMedia and the opportunity to bring these two companies together, combining iconic and globally cherished franchises and brands, and positioning us to more efficiently drive global scale across the combined portfolio."

Third-Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues of $3,150 million increased 23%, as reported and ex-FX(1), compared to the prior year quarter.
    • U.S. advertising revenues increased 5% and distribution revenues increased 21%; and
    • International advertising revenues increased 28%, or 26% ex-FX, and distribution revenues increased 7%, or 6% ex-FX.
  • Net income available to Discovery, Inc. was $156 million and diluted earnings per share was $0.24.
  • Total Adjusted OIBDA(2) was $726 million.
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $811 million and free cash flow(3) was $705 million.

 


Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,

Dollars in millions, except per share amounts

2021


2020


% Change

Ex-FX(1)


2021


2020


% Change

Ex-FX(1)

Total revenue

$

3,150



$

2,561



23

%

23

%


$

9,004



$

7,785



16

%

14

%

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

$

156



$

300



(48)

%



$

968



$

948



2

%


U.S. Networks Adjusted OIBDA

963



951



1

%



2,836



3,029



(6)

%


International Networks Adjusted OIBDA

(79)



127



NM


NM



287



527



(46)

%

(43)

%

Total Adjusted OIBDA(4)

$

726



$

954



(24)

%

(24)

%


$

2,680



$

3,194



(16)

%

(16)

%

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.24



$

0.44



(45)

%



$

1.46



$

1.40



4

%


Cash provided by operating activities

$

811



$

860



(6)

%



$

1,914



$

2,186



(12)

%


Free cash flow

$

705



$

787



(10)

%



$

1,641



$

1,896



(13)

%


 NM: Not Meaningful

 

Operational Highlights

  • Ended Q3 with 20 million DTC Subscribers(5), an increase of 3 million subscribers since the end of Q2.
  • Generated $425 million of Next Generation Revenues, growth of approximately 100% versus the prior year quarter.(5)
  • Recently launched discovery+ in Canada and the Philippines; the app is also now available on Cox Contour TV and Contour Stream Player.
  • Finalized multi-year U.S. distribution agreements with DirecTV and Verizon.
  • Successfully broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which reached over 372 million people in Europe across TV and digital platforms, and delivered 1.3 billion minutes of Olympics content on our streaming services.

Segment Results
U.S. Networks


Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,

Dollars in millions

2021


2020


% Change


2021


2020


% Change

Advertising

$

991



$

941



5

%


$

3,090



$

2,964



4

%

Distribution

841



696



21

%


2,465



2,143



15

%

Other

26



22



18

%


82



64



28

%

Total revenues

$

1,858



$

1,659



12

%


$

5,637



$

5,171



9

%

Costs of revenues, excluding depreciation & amortization

459



445



3

%


1,339



1,334



%

Selling, general & administrative(6)

436



263



66

%


1,462



808



81

%

Adjusted OIBDA

$

963



$

951



1

%


$

2,836



$

3,029



(6)

%

 

Third-Quarter 2021

  • Total U.S. Networks revenues increased 12% to $1,858 million compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Advertising revenue increased 5% primarily due to higher pricing, the continued monetization of content offerings on our next generation platforms, and higher inventory, partially offset by lower overall ratings and secular declines in the pay-TV ecosystem.
    • Distribution revenue increased 21% primarily driven by discovery+ and increases in contractual affiliate rates, partially offset by a decline in linear subscribers.
    • Subscribers to our fully distributed linear networks at September 30, 2021 were 3% lower than at September 30, 2020. Total subscribers to our linear networks were 8% lower, or 4% lower excluding the impact from the sale of our Great American Country linear network.

  • Total operating expenses increased 26% to $895 million compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Costs of revenues increased 3% primarily due to third-party app store fees and our growing content investment in discovery+.
    • SG&A expenses increased 66% primarily due to higher marketing-related expenses to support discovery+.

  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 1% to $963 million compared to the prior year quarter.

International Networks


Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,

Dollars in millions

2021


2020


% Change

Ex-FX


2021


2020


% Change

Ex-FX

Advertising

$

467



$

365



28

%

26

%


$

1,420



$

1,017



40

%

32

%

Distribution

538



503



7

%

6

%


1,592



1,504



6

%

4

%

Other

290



34



NM


NM



363



87



NM


NM


Total revenues

$

1,295



$

902



44

%

43

%


$

3,375



$

2,608



29

%

25

%

Costs of revenues, excluding depreciation & amortization

1,072



554



94

%

92

%


2,218



1,389



60

%

52

%

Selling, general & administrative(6)

302



221



37

%

32

%


870



692



26

%

19

%

Adjusted OIBDA

$

(79)



$

127



NM


NM



$

287



$

527



(46)

%

(43)

%

 NM: Not Meaningful

 

Third-Quarter 2021

  • Total International Networks revenues increased 44% to $1,295 million, or 43% ex-FX, compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Advertising revenue increased 28%, or 26% ex-FX, primarily driven by improved overall performance in all regions as advertising markets continued to recover from the impact of COVID-19, as well as benefiting from the broadcast of the Summer Olympics throughout Europe.
    • Distribution revenue increased 7%, or 6% ex-FX, primarily due to higher Next Generation Revenues driven by discovery+ subscriber growth, partially offset by lower contractual affiliate rates in some European markets.
    • Other revenues increased to $290 million, driven by sublicensing of Olympics sports rights to broadcast networks throughout Europe.

  • Total operating expenses increased 77% to $1,374 million, or 75% ex-FX, compared to the prior year quarter.
    • Costs of revenues increased 94%, or 92% ex-FX, primarily due to costs related to the Olympics, and to a lesser extent European sporting events and leagues returning to a more normalized schedule, as well as higher content investment to support discovery+.
    • SG&A increased 37%, or 32% ex-FX, primarily due to higher marketing-related expenses to support discovery+ and the Olympics, and to a lesser extent, personnel costs to support discovery+.

  • Adjusted OIBDA of $(79) million decreased $206 million compared to the prior year quarter, or decreased $205 million ex-FX.

Free Cash Flow
Third quarter 2021 cash provided by operating activities decreased to $811 million from $860 million in the prior year quarter. Free cash flow decreased to $705 million from $787 million, primarily attributable to higher content spend for our direct-to-consumer platforms and the Olympics, partially offset by improvements in working capital.

Other
Interest Rate Derivative Contracts
In anticipation of the proposed transaction with WarnerMedia, the Company executed various interest rate derivative contracts with a total notional value of $15 billion during the third quarter. The objective of these contracts is to partially mitigate interest rate risk associated with the expected issuance of future debt to finance the cash portion of the proposed WarnerMedia transaction. The contracts did not receive hedging designation for accounting purposes. As such, changes in the fair value of the derivative contracts are recognized in "Other income (expense), net" in the consolidated statements of operations, which could create volatility in "Net income" in the coming quarters until the closing of the proposed transaction with WarnerMedia. The financial impact during the third quarter was $106 million.

2021 Outlook(7)
Discovery may provide forward-looking commentary in connection with this earnings announcement on its quarterly earnings conference call. Details on how to access the audio webcast are included below.

Earnings Conference Call Information
Discovery will host a conference call today, November 3, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. ET, to discuss its third quarter 2021 results. To listen to the audio webcast of the earnings call, please visit the Investor Relations section of the Corporate website at https://corporate.discovery.com/.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties and on information available to the Company as of the date hereof. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 22, 2021 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2021, expected to be filed on or before November 9, 2021.

Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, and can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "continue," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will" and "would" or similar words. Forward-looking statements in this release include, without limitation, statements regarding investing in the Company's programming, strategic growth initiatives, changes in the pay-TV ecosystem, the timing and effects of its pending transaction with AT&T Inc. and WarnerMedia and related transactions, and the impact of COVID-19. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted due to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to complete, integrate, maintain and obtain the anticipated benefits and synergies from its proposed transaction to combine the Company's business with AT&T's WarnerMedia. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein to reflect any change in the Company's expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the results prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") provided in this release, the Company has presented Adjusted OIBDA and free cash flow. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, operating income, net income, earnings per diluted share and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Please review the supplemental financial schedules for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.

About Discovery
Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in over 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery's portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(unaudited; in millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Revenues:








Advertising

$

1,458



$

1,306



$

4,510



$

3,981


Distribution

1,379



1,199



4,057



3,647


Other

313



56



437



157


Total revenues

3,150



2,561



9,004



7,785


Costs and expenses:








Costs of revenues, excluding depreciation and amortization

1,529



1,003



3,553



2,731


Selling, general and administrative

944



633



2,947



1,913


Depreciation and amortization

341



341



1,043



1,001


Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets







38


Restructuring and other charges

7



53



29



75


Gain on disposition





(72)




Total costs and expenses

2,821



2,030



7,500



5,758


Operating income

329



531



1,504



2,027


Interest expense, net

(159)



(161)



(479)



(485)


Loss on extinguishment of debt

(6)



(5)



(10)



(76)


Loss from equity investees, net

(9)



(18)



(20)



(62)


Other income (expense), net

78



(28)



255



(92)


Income before income taxes

233



319



1,250



1,312


Income tax (expense) benefit

(36)



11



(144)



(275)


Net income

197



330



1,106



1,037


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(32)



(29)



(116)



(82)


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests

(9)



(1)



(22)



(7)


Net income available to Discovery, Inc.

$

156



$

300



$

968



$

948


Net income per share available to Discovery, Inc. Series A, B and C common stockholders:








Basic

$

0.24



$

0.44



$

1.47



$

1.40


Diluted

$

0.24



$

0.44



$

1.46



$

1.40


Weighted average shares outstanding:








Basic

506



505



503



510


Diluted

663



672



665



677


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(unaudited; in millions, except par value)



September 30, 2021


December 31, 2020

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

3,116



$

2,091


Receivables, net

2,462



2,537


Content rights and prepaid license fees, net

254



532


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

824



970


Total current assets

6,656



6,130


Noncurrent content rights, net

3,688



3,439


Property and equipment, net

1,310



1,206


Goodwill

12,957



13,070


Intangible assets, net

6,784



7,640


Other noncurrent assets

2,923



2,602


Total assets

$

34,318



$

34,087


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

2,361



$

2,190


Deferred revenues

625



557


Current portion of debt

349



335


Total current liabilities

3,335



3,082


Noncurrent portion of debt

14,436



15,069


Deferred income taxes

1,248



1,534


Other noncurrent liabilities

1,901



2,019


Total liabilities

20,920



21,704


Commitments and contingencies




Redeemable noncontrolling interests

358



383


Equity:




Discovery, Inc. stockholders' equity:




Series A-1 convertible preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 8 shares authorized, issued and outstanding




Series C-1 convertible preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 6 shares authorized; 4 and 5 shares issued and outstanding




Series A common stock: $0.01 par value; 1,700 shares authorized; 170 and 163 shares issued; and 169 and 162 shares outstanding

2



2


Series B convertible common stock: $0.01 par value; 100 shares authorized; 7 shares issued and outstanding




Series C common stock: $0.01 par value; 2,000 shares authorized; 559 and 547 shares issued; and 330 and 318 shares outstanding

5



5


Additional paid-in capital

11,043



10,809


Treasury stock, at cost: 230 shares

(8,244)



(8,244)


Retained earnings

9,522



8,543


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(717)



(651)


Total Discovery, Inc. stockholders' equity

11,611



10,464


Noncontrolling interests

1,429



1,536


Total equity

13,040



12,000


Total liabilities and equity

$

34,318



$

34,087


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited; in millions)



Nine Months Ended September 30,


2021


2020

Operating Activities




Net income

$

1,106



$

1,037


Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:




Content rights amortization and impairment

2,735



2,118


Depreciation and amortization

1,043



1,001


Deferred income taxes

(502)



(198)


Share-based compensation expense

134



62


Gain on disposition

(72)




Equity in losses of equity method investee companies, including cash distributions

57



96


Gain on sale of investments

(20)




Loss on extinguishment of debt

10



76


Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets



38


Other, net

(147)



34


Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and dispositions:




Receivables, net

44



156


Content rights and payables, net

(2,578)



(2,100)


Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, deferred revenues and other noncurrent liabilities

124



(166)


Foreign currency, prepaid expenses and other assets, net

(20)



32


Cash provided by operating activities

1,914



2,186


Investing Activities




Purchases of property and equipment

(273)



(290)


Proceeds from sales and maturities of investments and dissolution of joint venture

498



67


Investments in and advances to equity investments

(137)



(141)


(Payments for) proceeds from derivative instruments, net

(102)



85


Purchases of investments

(103)



(250)


Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired



(26)


Other investing activities, net

87



5


Cash used in investing activities

(30)



(550)


Financing Activities




Principal repayments of debt, including premiums to par value and discount payment

(574)



(2,193)


Borrowings from debt, net of discount and issuance costs



1,979


Distributions to noncontrolling interests and redeemable noncontrolling interests

(231)



(216)


Purchase of redeemable noncontrolling interests

(31)




Repurchases of stock



(741)


Principal repayments of revolving credit facility



(500)


Borrowings under revolving credit facility



500


Other financing activities, net

25



(101)


Cash used in financing activities

(811)



(1,272)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

(69)



40


Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

1,004



404


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

2,122



1,552


Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

3,126



$

1,956


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

(unaudited; in millions)



Three Months Ended September 30, 2021


U.S. Networks


International Networks


Corporate, Inter-segment Eliminations, and Other


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.







$

156


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests







9


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests







32


Income tax expense







36


Other income, net







(78)


Loss from equity investees, net







9


Loss on extinguishment of debt







6


Interest expense, net







159


Operating income (loss)

$

738



$

(174)



$

(235)



$

329


Depreciation and amortization

222



90



29



341


Employee share-based compensation





36



36


Restructuring and other charges

4



4



(1)



7


Transaction and integration costs





13



13


Inter-segment eliminations

(1)



1






Adjusted OIBDA

$

963



$

(79)



$

(158)



$

726





Three Months Ended September 30, 2020


U.S. Networks


International Networks


Corporate, Inter-segment Eliminations, and Other


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.







$

300


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests







1


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests







29


Income tax benefit







(11)


Other expense, net







28


Loss from equity investees, net







18


Loss on extinguishment of debt







5


Interest expense, net







161


Operating income (loss)

$

696



$

21



$

(186)



$

531


Depreciation and amortization

225



93



23



341


Employee share-based compensation





29



29


Restructuring and other charges

29



13



11



53


Inter-segment eliminations

1





(1)




Adjusted OIBDA

$

951



$

127



$

(124)



$

954


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME TO

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

(unaudited; in millions)



Nine Months Ended September 30, 2021


U.S. Networks


International Networks


Corporate, Inter-segment Eliminations, and Other


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.







$

968


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests







22


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests







116


Income tax expense







144


Other income, net







(255)


Loss from equity investees, net







20


Loss on extinguishment of debt







10


Interest expense, net







479


Operating income (loss)

$

2,241



$

(30)



$

(707)



$

1,504


Depreciation and amortization

671



281



91



1,043


Employee share-based compensation

(1)





125



124


Restructuring and other charges

5



24





29


Transaction and integration costs



4



48



52


Inter-segment eliminations

(3)



3






(Gain) loss on disposition

(77)



5





(72)


Adjusted OIBDA

$

2,836



$

287



$

(443)



$

2,680





Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020


U.S. Networks


International Networks


Corporate, Inter-segment Eliminations, and Other


Total

Net income available to Discovery, Inc.







$

948


Net income attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interests







7


Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests







82


Income tax expense







275


Other expense, net







92


Loss from equity investees, net







62


Loss on extinguishment of debt







76


Interest expense, net







485


Operating income (loss)

$

2,309



$

213



$

(495)



$

2,027


Depreciation and amortization

676



259


66



1,001


Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets



38




38


Employee share-based compensation





53



53


Restructuring and other charges

41



17



17



75


Inter-segment eliminations

3





(3)




Adjusted OIBDA

$

3,029



$

527



$

(362)



$

3,194


 

 

DISCOVERY, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA

SELECTED FINANCIAL DETAIL

(unaudited; in millions)


CALCULATION OF FREE CASH FLOW



Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,


2021


2020


$

Change

% Change


2021


2020


$

Change

% Change

Cash provided by operating activities

$

811



$

860



$

(49)


(6)

%


$

1,914



$

2,186



$

(272)


(12)

%

Purchases of property and equipment

(106)



(73)



(33)


(45)

%


(273)



(290)



17


6

%

Free cash flow

$

705



$

787



$

(82)


(10)

%


$

1,641



$

1,896



$

(255)


(13)

%

 

Definitions and Sources
(1) Methodology for Calculating Growth Rates Excluding the Impact of Currency Effects: The impact of exchange rates on our business is an important factor in understanding period-to-period comparisons of our results. For example, our international revenues are favorably impacted as the U.S. dollar weakens relative to other foreign currencies, and unfavorably impacted as the U.S. dollar strengthens relative to other foreign currencies. We believe the presentation of results on a constant currency basis ("ex-FX"), in addition to results reported in accordance with GAAP, provides useful information about our operating performance because the presentation ex-FX excludes the effects of foreign currency volatility and highlights our core operating results. The presentation of results on a constant currency basis should be considered in addition to, but not a substitute for, measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP.

The ex-FX change represents the percentage change on a period-over-period basis adjusted for foreign currency impacts. The ex-FX change is calculated as the difference between the current year amounts translated at a baseline rate, which is a spot rate for each of our currencies determined early in the fiscal year as part of our forecasting process (the "2021 Baseline Rate"), and the prior year amounts translated at the same 2021 Baseline Rate.

In addition, consistent with the assumption of a constant currency environment, our ex-FX results exclude the impact of our foreign currency hedging activities, as well as realized and unrealized foreign currency transaction gains and losses. Results on a constant currency basis, as we present them, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

(2) Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Excluding the Impact of Currency Effects: The Company evaluates the operating performance of its segments based on financial measures such as revenues and Adjusted OIBDA. Adjusted OIBDA is defined as operating income excluding: (i) employee share-based compensation, (ii) depreciation and amortization, (iii) restructuring and other charges, (iv) certain impairment charges, (v) gains and losses on business and asset dispositions, (vi) certain inter-segment eliminations related to production studios, (vii) third-party transaction and integration costs, and (viii) other items impacting comparability.

The Company uses this measure to assess the operating results and performance of its segments, perform analytical comparisons, identify strategies to improve performance, and allocate resources to each segment. The Company believes Adjusted OIBDA is relevant to investors because it allows them to analyze the operating performance of each segment using the same metric management uses.

The Company excludes share-based compensation, restructuring and other charges, certain impairment charges, gains and losses on business and asset dispositions and acquisition and integration costs from the calculation of Adjusted OIBDA due to their impact on comparability between periods. The Company also excludes the depreciation of fixed assets and amortization of intangible assets, as these amounts do not represent cash payments in the current reporting period. Certain corporate expenses and inter-segment eliminations related to production studios are excluded from segment results to enable executive management to evaluate segment performance based upon the decisions of segment executives. Adjusted OIBDA should be considered in addition to, but not a substitute for, operating income, net income, and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Refer to the comments in footnote 1 for the methodology used to calculate growth rates excluding foreign currency effects.

(3) Free Cash Flow: The Company defines free cash flow as cash flow from operations less acquisitions of property and equipment. The Company believes free cash flow is an important indicator for management and investors of the Company's liquidity, including its ability to reduce debt, make strategic investments, and return capital to stockholders.

(4) Financial Highlights Table: This table presents a selection of the Company's financial results. Because the table as shown excludes the "Corporate, Inter-segment Eliminations, and Other" operating segment, the row "Total Adjusted OIBDA" will not foot as presented in the table.

(5) Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Definitions:
Next Generation Revenues: Subscription and advertising revenues generated from the Company's DTC products, as well as revenues from TV Everywhere, our GO applications and other digital properties.

Direct-to-Consumer Subscriber: A subscription is 1) a subscription to a direct-to-consumer product for which we have recognized subscription revenue from a direct-to-consumer platform; 2) a subscription received through wholesale arrangements in which we receive a fee for the distribution of our direct-to-consumer platforms, as well as subscriptions provided directly or through third-party platforms; and 3) a subscription recognized by certain joint venture partners and affiliated parties. We may refer to the aggregate number of subscriptions across our direct-to-consumer services as subscribers. A subscriber is only counted if they are on a paying status and excludes users on free trials. At the end of each quarter, we include the actual number of users that rolled to pay up to seven days immediately following quarter end.

(6) SG&A Expenses: Selling, general and administrative expenses exclude employee share-based compensation and third-party transaction and integration costs.

(7) 2021 Outlook: Discovery does not expect to be able to provide a reconciliation of the non-GAAP forward-looking commentary to comparable GAAP measures as, at this time, the Company cannot determine the occurrence or impact of the adjustments, such as the effect of future changes in foreign currency exchange rates or future acquisitions or divestitures that would be excluded from such GAAP measures.

 

 

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