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21st Century Fox loss shrinks after company split

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm •  Published: August 6, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Entertainment media company 21st Century Fox shrank its fiscal fourth-quarter loss after the owner of Fox News Channel and FX shed the publishing division that caused a big write-down a year earlier.

The New York-based company controlled by Rupert Murdoch split from News Corp. in June to focus on its TV and movie business and separate itself from its challenged print newspaper operations.

The loss in the three months to June 30 came to $371 million, or 16 cents per share. In the same months a year ago, the loss came to $1.55 billion, or 64 cents per share.

Excluding the spun-off divisions and one-time items, however, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. posted a profit of 31 cents per share.

Revenue rose 16 percent to $7.21 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected adjusted earnings of 34 cents per share on revenue of $7.14 billion.

Shares rose $1.02, or 3.3 percent, to $32.25 in after-hours trading Tuesday following the release of results.

The company plans to include results for the publicly traded publishing company, which retained the original company's name, News Corp., in a securities filing in the coming weeks.

21st Century Fox included the divisions that make up News Corp. in its discontinued operations, which posted an operating loss of $1.35 billion, down from $2.15 billion a year ago. News Corp. contains TV channels in Australia as well as newspapers around the world including The Wall Street Journal and The Times in Britain.

21st Century Fox's pay TV channel revenue rose 16 percent to $2.95 billion, thanks to fee increases charged to distributors like cable and satellite TV companies, and a 10 percent increase in global advertising revenues.

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