Viacom Company Profile (NASDAQ:VIAB)

About Viacom

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
  • Exchange: NASDAQ
  • Symbol: VIAB
  • CUSIP: 92553P20
Key Metrics:
  • Previous Close: $43.50
  • 50 Day Moving Average: $41.64
  • 200 Day Moving Average: $38.71
  • 52-Week Range: $33.94 - $46.69
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 12.48
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 10.51
  • P/E Growth: 2.66
  • Market Cap: $17.26B
  • Outstanding Shares: 396,896,000
  • Beta: 1.33
  • 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%
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB) (?)
Ratings Breakdown: 4 Sell Ratings, 21 Hold Ratings, 10 Buy Ratings
Consensus Rating:Hold (Score: 2.17)
Consensus Price Target: $43.29 (0.49% downside)

Analysts' Ratings History for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetDetails
2/16/2017Needham & Company LLCReiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
2/16/2017InstinetReiterated RatingNeutral$40.00 -> $45.00View Rating Details
2/14/2017FBR & CoReiterated RatingHold$45.00View Rating Details
2/10/2017Bank of America CorpBoost Price TargetBuy$44.00 -> $52.00View Rating Details
2/10/2017Barclays PLCDowngradeOverweight -> Equal Weight$45.00View Rating Details
2/10/2017GuggenheimBoost Price TargetBuy$48.00 -> $50.00View Rating Details
2/10/2017BMO Capital MarketsBoost Price TargetMarket Perform$35.00 -> $44.00View Rating Details
2/9/2017Drexel HamiltonUpgradeHold -> BuyView Rating Details
2/9/2017Barrington ResearchUpgradeMarket Perform -> Outperform$55.00View Rating Details
2/9/2017Wells Fargo & CoUpgradeMarket Perform -> Outperform$39.00 -> $49.00View Rating Details
2/6/2017WedbushBoost Price TargetNeutral$39.00 -> $41.00View Rating Details
2/3/2017RBC Capital MarketsSet Price TargetSell$35.00View Rating Details
1/5/2017Jefferies Group LLCReiterated RatingBuy$44.00View Rating Details
12/15/2016WunderlichReiterated RatingBuy$56.00View Rating Details
12/13/2016Brean CapitalReiterated RatingHold$40.00View Rating Details
12/13/2016Royal Bank of CanadaDowngradeSector Perform -> Underperform$44.00 -> $30.00View Rating Details
11/10/2016Sanford C. BernsteinReiterated RatingUnderperform$31.00View Rating Details
11/10/2016Telsey Advisory GroupLower Price TargetMarket Perform$47.00 -> $42.00View Rating Details
10/5/2016Credit Suisse GroupReiterated RatingOutperform$42.00View Rating Details
9/30/2016Loop CapitalReiterated RatingHold$41.00 -> $39.00View Rating Details
9/23/2016ArgusReiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
9/22/2016MacquarieLower Price TargetNeutral$44.00 -> $35.00View Rating Details
9/19/2016Stifel NicolausDowngradeBuy -> Hold$49.00 -> $38.00View Rating Details
8/8/2016Deutsche Bank AGLower Price TargetHold$39.00 -> $35.00View Rating Details
8/5/2016Morgan StanleyReiterated RatingSell$38.00View Rating Details
8/5/2016Pacific CrestReiterated RatingHoldView Rating Details
8/5/2016J P Morgan Chase & CoReiterated RatingBuy$50.00View Rating Details
8/4/2016Pivotal ResearchDowngradeBuy -> Hold$52.00 -> $47.00View Rating Details
7/22/2016Atlantic SecuritiesUpgradeUnderweight -> NeutralView Rating Details
6/22/2016NomuraInitiated CoverageHoldView Rating Details
6/21/2016Moffett NathansonReiterated RatingNeutral$47.00View Rating Details
6/16/2016BTIG ResearchUpgradeNeutral -> Buy$55.00View Rating Details
5/18/2016Citigroup Inc.Boost Price TargetNeutral$41.00View Rating Details
4/28/2016Topeka Capital MarketsBoost Price TargetHold$40.00 -> $41.00View Rating Details
4/4/2016HansonDowngradeBuy -> NeutralView Rating Details
2/11/2016Societe GeneraleLower Price TargetBuy$55.00 -> $51.00View Rating Details
2/10/2016Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)Lower Price Target$47.00 -> $37.00View Rating Details
2/10/2016Cowen and CompanyLower Price Target$57.00 -> $47.00View Rating Details
8/24/2015Piper Jaffray CompaniesDowngradeBuyView Rating Details
7/7/2015JBL AdvisorsInitiated CoverageMarket PerformView Rating Details
5/1/2015Maxim GroupLower Price TargetBuy$88.00 -> $82.00View Rating Details
(Data available from 2/28/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
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)
Current Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $3.85 EPS
Next Year EPS Consensus Estimate: $4.14 EPS
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20165$0.72$1.24$0.98
Q2 20164$0.72$1.47$0.92
Q3 20165$1.01$1.44$1.18
Q4 20165$0.65$0.88$0.74
Q1 20174$0.79$0.85$0.83
Q2 20174$0.57$0.72$0.63
Q3 20174$1.09$1.14$1.11
Q4 20174$1.03$1.14$1.09
Q1 20182$1.03$1.05$1.04
Q2 20182$0.59$0.72$0.66
Q3 20182$1.11$1.37$1.24
Q4 20182$1.07$1.12$1.10
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Current Dividend Information for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Annual Dividend:$0.80
Dividend Yield:1.84%
Payout Ratio:22.92% (Based on Trailing 12 Months of Earnings)
20.78% (Based on Current Year Consensus EPS Estimate)
19.32% (Based on Next Year Consensus EPS Estimate)

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

Insider Trades

Insider Trading History for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 0.36%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 76.82%
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)


Latest Headlines for Viacom (NASDAQ:VIAB)
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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 Monday, February 6th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, March 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share on Monday, April 3rd. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, March 13th.

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

35 analysts have issued 12-month price targets for Viacom's stock. Their forecasts range from $30.00 to $56.00. On average, they expect Viacom's share price to reach $43.29 in the next twelve months.

When will Viacom announce their earnings?

Viacom is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, April, 26th 2017.

What are analysts saying about Viacom stock?

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

  • FBR & Co analysts commented, "With this note, we are updating Viacom estimates, after the company’s recent F1Q17 earnings report." (2/14/2017)

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Wedbush analysts commented, "although investment in Paramount by Chinese film groups, Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media, is a highlight of investors' current honeymoon with new CEO, shares have outrun likely 2017/18 EPS improvement. The deal could help normalize Paramount's drag on profits, but the bigger picture remains the deterioration of Media Networks as the principal contributor to VIAB's top and bottom line growth. While MTV turnaround remains management's focus, we have yet to see meaningful improvement in y/y ratings trends for the U.S. network portfolio as a whole. Moreover, with no material carriage renewals up in 2017, affiliate fee growth catalysts are a ways out. With less chance of a stake sale in Paramount or CBS merger, we shift our valuation to a stand-alone SoTP analysis, raise our PT to $41, and remain on the sidelines." (2/6/2017)
  • According to Zacks Investment Research, "Viacom announced that Robert Bakish will takeover as Acting President and CEO from Nov 15, succeeding Tom Dooley who has resigned. The company has formed a new division, Viacom Global Entertainment Group, which combines Viacom’s International Media Networks division and Music and Entertainment Group. Viacom's Board has received a request to consider a merger with CBS Corp. from National Amusements Inc. (NAI) which owns majority voting shares in both CBS Corp. and Viacom. Viacom has been struggling due to stiff competition from media companies as well as spiraling programming expenses, decline in cable T.V. demand, and weaker ratings. Adding further to the company's issues, it also slashed dividends by half to $0.20 per share. Viacom expects adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fiscal fourth quarter to be in the range of $0.65 to $0.70. The company will be announcing its fourth quarter results on Nov 9." (11/4/2016)

Who owns Viacom stock?

Viacom's stock is owned by a number of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include State Street Corp (3.86%), FMR LLC (1.72%), Prudential PLC (1.08%), NWQ Investment Management Company LLC (0.72%), Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (0.54%) and Renaissance Technologies LLC (0.29%). Company insiders that own Viacom stock include Michael D Fricklas and Ronald L Nelson.

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 Credit Agricole S A, O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC, NWQ Investment Management Company LLC, Horizon Kinetics LLC, Martingale Asset Management L P, Capital Guardian Trust Co., GSA Capital Partners LLP and Aviva PLC.

Who bought Viacom stock? Who is buying Viacom stock?

Viacom's stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Renaissance Technologies LLC, Prudential PLC, Asset Management One Co. Ltd., FMR LLC, Honeycomb Asset Management LP, Two Sigma Investments LP, State Street Corp and Russell Investments Group Ltd..

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 $43.50.

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Last Updated on 2/28/2017 by Staff