Viacom Company Profile (NASDAQ:VIAB)

About Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)

Viacom logoViacom Inc. offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries. The Company operates through two segments: Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment creates, acquires and distributes programming and other content for audiences The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products for advertisers, content distributors and retailers. The Filmed Entertainment segment produces, finances, acquires and distributes motion pictures, television programming and other entertainment content under the Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Animation, Insurge Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies, MTV Films and Paramount Television brands.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Consumer Discretionary
  • Industry: Entertainment - Diversified
  • Sub-Industry: Movies & Entertainment
  • Symbol: NASDAQ:VIAB
  • CUSIP: 92553P20
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $14.16 billion
  • Outstanding Shares: 401,731,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $40.57
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $40.22
  • 52 Week Range: $33.44 - $46.72
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 11.65
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 8.62
  • P/E Growth: 1.29
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $12.91 billion
  • Price / Sales: 1.10
  • Book Value: $11.80 per share
  • Price / Book: 2.99
  • Annual Dividend: $0.80
  • Dividend Yield: 2.3%
  • EBIDTA: $2.89 billion
  • Net Margins: 10.94%
  • Return on Equity: 33.25%
  • Return on Assets: 6.19%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 2.61%
  • Current Ratio: 1.19%
  • Quick Ratio: 0.97%
  • Average Volume: 4.59 million shs.
  • Beta: 1.33
  • Short Ratio: 2.74

Frequently Asked Questions for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)

What is Viacom's stock symbol?

Viacom trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "VIAB."

How often does Viacom pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Viacom?

Viacom declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, May 18th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 15th will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share on Monday, July 3rd. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.27%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 13th. View Viacom's Dividend History.

How were Viacom's earnings last quarter?

Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB) posted its earnings results on Thursday, May, 4th. The company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.20. The business had revenue of $3.26 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.03 billion. Viacom had a return on equity of 33.25% and a net margin of 10.94%. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 8.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.76 earnings per share. View Viacom's Earnings History.

When will Viacom make its next earnings announcement?

Viacom is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, August, 2nd 2017. View Earnings Estimates for Viacom.

Where is Viacom's stock going? Where will Viacom's stock price be in 2017?

31 brokers have issued twelve-month price targets for Viacom's shares. Their predictions range from $30.00 to $56.00. On average, they expect Viacom's share price to reach $43.92 in the next year. View Analyst Ratings for Viacom.

What are analysts saying about Viacom stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Viacom stock:

  • 1. Rosenblatt Securities analysts commented, "We are initiating coverage of Viacom (VIA/VIAB) with a NEUTRAL rating and a $45 price target. New CEO Bob Bakish, who successfully ran the international division, has brought new energy and a logical strategic plan to the company, but it will be challenging to execute, particularly starting from a highly-leveraged financial position. VIA appears inexpensive on an earnings multiple basis, but in our view consensus estimates are too high as it will be difficult to sustain margins in the media networks business and it will take substantial time and capital to turn around Paramount. Furthermore, the stock is not inexpensive on an EV/EBITDA basis." (4/5/2017)
  • 2. Guggenheim analysts commented, "We see a number of additional incremental value creators--international expansion, targeted advertising, film slate improvements, divestiture of non-core assets, and more efficient spending to name a few--but are particularly focused on the opportunity to drive a stronger revenue yield from the robust programming slate. As the charts below highlight (updated from our original analysis on 6/1/16), Viacom is an industry leader in entertainment programming investment and yet lags non-sports peers in monetization, particularly in unscripted advertising. We see substantial opportunity for traditional and enhanced advertising growth if the company can develop programming that resonates with its target audience. At this point, we still view shares as attractively priced for the success potential presented by this opportunity." (3/22/2017)
  • 3. FBR & Co analysts commented, "With this note, we are updating Viacom estimates, after the company’s recent F1Q17 earnings report." (2/14/2017)
  • 4. Instinet analysts commented, "This morning, Viacom's President and CEO, Bob Bakish, clearly delivered a five-point strategy to energize and improve Viacom's brand and operations. Of course, Mr. Bakish inherits a tough hand, as Viacom's assets have (in the view of many investors) been mismanaged and underutilized for so long. Moreover, as we've argued for some time, brands like MTV and Comedy Central are subject to greater competition and fragmentation given their emphasis on younger, mobile-first audiences. That said, we are encouraged by management's clearly articulated strategy, a new path that in and of itself should incrementally support the stock's valuation multiple. We increase our CY18 target P/E multiple to 11x, which leads to our new Target Price of $45 (up from $40). However, we maintain our rating and await sustained improvements in ratings and affiliate fee recovery for Viacom's 'flagship 6' networks." (2/10/2017)
  • 5. Wells Fargo & Co analysts commented, "We don't do this often ' upgrade on a first look at numbers. But, today's results prove to us that the turnaround is real and likely to continue. From a very high level, everything beat ' revenue by 480bps, OI by 1,240bps and EPS by $0.17. We also think that the strategic plan CEO Bakish has put in place makes sense ' and is somewhat similar to what TWX implemented a few years ago (i.e. recall that TWX got rid of the 'silos' that had existed between its various brands, as well as between its domestic and international segments), which seemed to have worked. While the conference call is yet to begin (it's at 8:30 am ET), we don't need to wait. We think today's results & strategic overview are enough to move Street numbers higher and to boost VIAB's severely discounted valuation. While we do NOT believe VIAB warrants the same NTM P/E multiple as its peers, we do think the current 5x discount should narrow. Hence, we upgrade to Outperform from Market Perform, boost our val to $48-50 (12.5x NTM P/E vs. the sector average of 14.5x) from $38-40, and raise our F'17 and F'18 $4.10 and $4.19 from $3.93 and $4.04, respectively, due to the flow through of today's results." (2/9/2017)

Are investors shorting Viacom?

Viacom saw a decrease in short interest in April. As of April 28th, there was short interest totalling 10,628,442 shares, a decrease of 9.7% from the April 13th total of 11,769,008 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 3,452,476 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.1 days.

Who are some of Viacom's key competitors?

Who owns Viacom stock?

Viacom's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Vanguard Group Inc. (5.59%), BlackRock Inc. (5.35%), Wellington Management Group LLP (5.04%), State Street Corp (3.86%), FMR LLC (2.32%) and LSV Asset Management (1.22%). Company insiders that own Viacom stock include Michael D Fricklas and Ronald L Nelson. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Viacom.

Who sold Viacom stock? Who is selling Viacom stock?

Viacom's stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Yacktman Asset Management LP, Renaissance Technologies LLC, Bank of New York Mellon Corp, LSV Asset Management, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC, Bank of America Corp DE, Morgan Stanley and Ariel Investments LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for Viacom.

Who bought Viacom stock? Who is buying Viacom stock?

Viacom's stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including BlackRock Inc., Wellington Management Group LLP, FMR LLC, Alliancebernstein L.P., Scopus Asset Management L.P., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Stelliam Investment Management LP and TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for Viacom.

How do I buy Viacom stock?

Shares of Viacom can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

How much does a share of Viacom stock cost?

One share of Viacom stock can currently be purchased for approximately $35.24.

Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 5 Sell Ratings, 16 Hold Ratings, 10 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.16)
Consensus Price Target: $43.92 (24.64% upside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
5/19/2017Barrington ResearchReiterated RatingOutperformHighView Rating Details
5/15/2017Royal Bank of CanadaLower Price TargetUnderperform$35.00 -> $30.00LowView Rating Details
5/15/2017BMO Capital MarketsLower Price TargetMarket Perform$44.00 -> $42.00LowView Rating Details
5/10/2017Deutsche Bank AGDowngradeHold -> SellHighView Rating Details
4/23/2017Pivotal ResearchReiterated RatingHold$40.00MediumView Rating Details
4/17/2017Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingBuy$52.00LowView Rating Details
4/14/2017Rosenblatt SecuritiesReiterated RatingUnderweightN/AView Rating Details
4/10/2017FBR & CoBoost Price TargetMkt Perform -> Mkt Perform$45.00 -> $48.00LowView Rating Details
3/22/2017GuggenheimReiterated RatingBuy$50.00LowView Rating Details
2/16/2017Needham & Company LLCReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
2/16/2017InstinetReiterated RatingNeutral$40.00 -> $45.00N/AView Rating Details
2/10/2017Bank of America CorpBoost Price TargetBuy$44.00 -> $52.00N/AView Rating Details
2/10/2017Barclays PLCDowngradeOverweight -> Equal Weight$45.00N/AView Rating Details
2/9/2017Drexel HamiltonUpgradeHold -> BuyN/AView Rating Details
2/9/2017Wells Fargo & CoUpgradeMarket Perform -> Outperform$39.00 -> $49.00N/AView Rating Details
2/6/2017WedbushBoost Price TargetNeutral$39.00 -> $41.00N/AView Rating Details
12/15/2016WunderlichReiterated RatingBuy$56.00N/AView Rating Details
12/13/2016Brean CapitalReiterated RatingHold$40.00N/AView Rating Details
11/10/2016Sanford C. BernsteinReiterated RatingUnderperform$31.00N/AView Rating Details
11/10/2016Telsey Advisory GroupLower Price TargetMarket Perform$47.00 -> $42.00N/AView Rating Details
10/5/2016Credit Suisse Group AGReiterated RatingOutperform$42.00N/AView Rating Details
9/30/2016Loop CapitalReiterated RatingHold$41.00 -> $39.00N/AView Rating Details
9/23/2016ArgusReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
9/22/2016MacquarieLower Price TargetNeutral$44.00 -> $35.00N/AView Rating Details
9/19/2016Stifel NicolausDowngradeBuy -> Hold$49.00 -> $38.00N/AView Rating Details
8/5/2016Morgan StanleyReiterated RatingSell$38.00N/AView Rating Details
8/5/2016Pacific CrestReiterated RatingHoldN/AView Rating Details
8/5/2016JPMorgan Chase & Co.Reiterated RatingBuy$50.00N/AView Rating Details
7/22/2016Atlantic SecuritiesUpgradeUnderweight -> NeutralN/AView Rating Details
6/22/2016NomuraInitiated CoverageHoldN/AView Rating Details
6/21/2016Moffett NathansonReiterated RatingNeutral$47.00N/AView Rating Details
6/16/2016BTIG ResearchUpgradeNeutral -> Buy$55.00N/AView Rating Details
5/18/2016Citigroup IncBoost Price TargetNeutral$41.00N/AView Rating Details
4/28/2016Topeka Capital MarketsBoost Price TargetHold$40.00 -> $41.00N/AView Rating Details
4/4/2016HansonDowngradeBuy -> NeutralN/AView Rating Details
2/11/2016Societe GeneraleLower Price TargetBuy$55.00 -> $51.00N/AView Rating Details
2/10/2016Goldman Sachs Group IncLower Price Target$47.00 -> $37.00N/AView Rating Details
2/10/2016Cowen and CompanyLower Price Target$57.00 -> $47.00N/AView Rating Details
8/24/2015Piper Jaffray CompaniesDowngradeBuyN/AView Rating Details
7/7/2015JBL AdvisorsInitiated CoverageMarket PerformN/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 5/23/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Earnings by Quarter for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Earnings History by Quarter for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
5/4/2017Q2 2017$0.59$0.79$3.03 billion$3.26 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/9/2017Q117$0.84$1.04$3.18 billion$3.32 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/9/2016Q416$0.65$0.69$3.31 billion$3.23 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/4/2016Q316$1.01$1.05$3.01 billion$3.11 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
4/28/2016Q216$0.72$0.76$2.98 billion$3.00 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
2/9/2016Q116$1.19$1.18$3.26 billion$3.15 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/12/2015Q415$1.55$1.54$3.89 billion$3.79 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/6/2015Q315$1.47$1.47$3.25 billion$3.05 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
4/30/2015Q215$1.08$1.16$3.26 billion$3.08 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/29/2015Q115$1.33$1.29$3.46 billion$3.34 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/13/2014Q4$1.68$1.71$3.90 billion$3.99 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/6/2014Q314$1.44$1.42$3.56 billion$3.42 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
5/1/2014Q214$1.05$1.08$3.20 billion$3.17 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
1/30/2014Q114$1.16$1.20$3.31 billion$3.20 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
11/14/2013Q413$1.45$1.55$3.60 billion$3.65 billionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/2/2013Q3 2013$1.29$1.29$3.58 billion$3.69 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/1/2013Q2 2013$0.95$0.96$3.20 billion$3.14 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
1/31/2013Q1 2013$0.90$0.91$3.48 billion$3.31 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/15/2012Q412$1.17$1.21$3.44 billion$3.36 billionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/3/2012$1.01$0.97ViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/3/2012$0.90$0.98ViewN/AView Earnings Details
2/2/2012$1.06$1.06ViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.58
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.99
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20174$0.79$0.85$0.83
Q2 20174$0.61$0.72$0.65
Q3 20174$0.99$1.14$1.06
Q4 20174$0.98$1.10$1.05
Q1 20183$0.98$1.11$1.05
Q2 20183$0.71$0.84$0.77
Q3 20183$1.03$1.15$1.11
Q4 20183$0.99$1.10$1.06
Q1 20191$0.98$0.98$0.98
Q2 20191$0.75$0.75$0.75
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Next Dividend:7/3/2017
Annual Dividend:$0.80
Dividend Yield:2.27%
Payout Ratio:22.92% (Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
20.62% (Based on This Year's Estimates)
19.56% (Based on Next Year's Estimates)
Dividend Payments by Quarter for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)

Dividend History by Quarter for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.36%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 76.82%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
12/14/2016Ronald L NelsonDirectorBuy20,000$34.80$696,000.00View SEC Filing  
6/20/2016Michael D FricklasEVPSell10,800$45.29$489,132.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Latest Headlines for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
DateHeadline logoBET Sounds Off Black Music Month on a High Note - May 22 at 7:33 PM logoTraders Purchase Large Volume of Viacom Put Options (VIAB) - May 22 at 1:26 PM logoETFs with exposure to Viacom, Inc. : May 19, 2017 - May 19 at 6:38 PM logoDo Options Traders Know Something About Viacom (VIAB) Stock We Don't? - Nasdaq - May 19 at 1:37 PM Talking With Viacom, NBC for Original Shows - May 19 at 1:37 PM logoCBS CEO Moonves says Viacom is undervalued - May 19 at 1:37 PM logoBarrington Research Reiterates "Outperform" Rating for Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) - May 19 at 10:19 AM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Declares $0.20 Quarterly Dividend - May 18 at 2:14 PM logoViacom, Inc. :VIAB-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : May 18, 2017 - May 18 at 10:51 AM logoBarrington Research Weighs in on Viacom, Inc.'s Q1 2018 Earnings (VIAB) - May 17 at 11:00 AM logoViacom CEO Bob Bakish to Participate in the 45th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference - May 16 at 9:57 PM logoBarrington Research Equities Analysts Reduce Earnings Estimates for Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) - May 16 at 8:14 AM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Price Target Lowered to $30.00 at Royal Bank of Canada - May 16 at 12:02 AM logoBET Networks Announces Official Nominees for the 2017 “BET Awards” - May 15 at 7:40 PM logoFormer Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey dies at 59 - May 15 at 7:40 PM logoThe Biggest Loser: Viacom Slumps 2.5% - May 15 at 7:40 PM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Given Consensus Rating of "Hold" by Brokerages - May 15 at 9:38 AM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Cut to Sell at Deutsche Bank AG - May 14 at 6:28 PM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Short Interest Update - May 12 at 7:06 AM logoMario Gabelli Comments on Viacom Inc. - May 11 at 3:10 AM logoViacom CEO Bob Bakish to Participate in the 4th Annual MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit - May 11 at 3:10 AM logoDeutsche Bank Explains Viacom Ratings Downgrade Amid Double Digit Decline - May 11 at 3:10 AM logoViacom Premieres Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Music Video at 2017 Microsoft Build - May 11 at 3:10 AM logoValvoline™ Announces Partnership as The Official Synthetic Motor Oil of the New Movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, Directed by Michael Bay - May 9 at 7:59 PM logoGabelli Weighs in on Viacom, Inc.'s FY2018 Earnings (VIAB) - May 8 at 11:52 AM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Expected to Earn FY2017 Earnings of $3.87 Per Share - May 8 at 9:38 AM logoQ3 2017 EPS Estimates for Viacom, Inc. Cut by FBR & Co (VIAB) - May 8 at 8:30 AM logoEdited Transcript of VIAB earnings conference call or presentation 4-May-17 12:30pm GMT - May 6 at 1:01 AM logo[$$] Viacom "Feeling Good" About Ads - May 6 at 1:01 AM logoFed-Up Advertisers Stop Paying More for Smaller TV Audiences - May 6 at 1:01 AM logoViacom hit with profit slump and bum cable deal with Charter - May 6 at 1:01 AM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by BMO Capital Markets - May 5 at 10:50 PM logoViacom beats estimates but faces distribution headwinds - May 5 at 3:14 AM logoViacom is patching Paramount Pictures’ holes in an effort to right the ship - May 5 at 3:14 AM logoViacom beats forecasts but investors fret 'reteiring' - May 5 at 3:14 AM logoThis Media Company Is Adding Paid Subscribers As Others Struggle - May 5 at 3:14 AM logoViacom Tries To Calm Fears Its Channels Are Losing Distribution - May 5 at 3:14 AM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Releases Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.20 EPS - May 5 at 12:18 AM logoWhy Centurylink Inc (CTL), L Brands Inc (LB) and Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) Are 3 of Today’s Worst Stocks - May 4 at 5:29 PM logoMid-Afternoon Market Update: Crude Oil Drops 5%; Alpha and Omega Semi Shares Gain On Earnings Beat - May 4 at 2:59 PM logoViacom's profit plunges 60 percent - May 4 at 9:54 AM logoViacom Reports Second Quarter Results - May 4 at 9:54 AM logoOversold Conditions For Viacom (VIAB) - May 3 at 11:50 PM logoVIAB Dividend Yield Pushes Past 2% - Nasdaq - May 3 at 6:50 PM logoWhy Viacom (VIAB) Might Surprise This Earnings Season - Yahoo Finance - May 3 at 6:50 PM logoWhy Viacom (VIAB) Might Surprise This Earnings Season - May 3 at 9:55 AM logoTrailer: If 'The Dark Tower' Is Good, Then Sony's Marketing Is Right On Schedule - May 3 at 9:55 AM logo Analysts Anticipate Viacom, Inc. (VIAB) to Post $0.58 EPS - May 3 at 8:10 AM logoHollywood writers, studios keep talking past strike deadline - May 2 at 6:35 PM logoViacom, Inc. (VIAB) Scheduled to Post Earnings on Thursday - May 2 at 2:42 PM



Viacom (VIAB) Chart for Tuesday, May, 23, 2017

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