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Discovery Communications Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results and Announces $1 Billion Increase to Share Repurchase Program


(Silver Spring, Md.) Second Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights:

• Revenues increased 11% to $1,067 million
• Adjusted OIBDA increased 12% to $510 million
• Net income increased to $254 million (up 20% excluding one-time prior year items)
• Free Cash Flow increased to $198 million
• Repurchased 5.6 million shares for an aggregate purchase price of $210 million

Discovery Communications, Inc. (“Discovery” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011.

David Zaslav, Discovery’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, “Discovery continues to deliver strong financial results, particularly across our unique international platform, as the depth and breadth of our content assets have enabled the company to capitalize on the sustained ad market strength worldwide as well as take advantage of the evolution of pay-tv across the globe. Our growth this past quarter was achieved despite continued strategic investments to further our competitive advantage both domestically and internationally. Bolstering our flagship networks, building additional growth assets across the company and leveraging the unparalleled distribution platform we built over the last 25 years remain our top priorities, and we are focused on doing so while delivering sustained financial results and returning additional capital to our shareholders.”

Second quarter revenues of $1,067 million increased $104 million, or 11%, over the second quarter a year ago, led by 20% growth at International Networks and 6% growth at U.S. Networks. Adjusted Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (1) (“OIBDA”) grew 12% to $510 million, driven by a 31% increase at International Networks and a 4% increase at U.S. Networks. Adjusted OIBDA margin for the second quarter increased to 48% from 47% in the second quarter of 2010.

Second quarter net income from continuing operations available to Discovery Communications, Inc. stockholders of $254 million ($0.62 per diluted share) increased $148 million compared to $106 million ($0.25 per diluted share) for the second quarter a year ago. The current quarter results reflect the strong operating performance, while the prior year’s quarter includes losses from the early extinguishment of debt and termination of interest rate swaps. Excluding these items, net income for the quarter increased $43 million (2).

Free cash flow was $198 million for the second quarter, an increase of $242 million from the second quarter of 2010, due to increased operating performance and lower tax and stock compensation payments as well as $138 million of payments in the prior year for the early extinguishment of debt and termination of interest rate swaps. Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities less acquisitions of property and equipment.


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