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Company Analysis

For: Professor John Genzale

BUEN 307 – B

American University of Rome

May 5, 2014

By: Jim Bailey III

Spring Semester 2014

Table of Contents

Page

Company History and Background ……………………………………………………. 1

Current Situation ……………………………………………………………………. 1

· Past Corporate Performance Indexes ……………………………………………. 1

· Strategic Posture ……………………………………………………………. 2

· Competition ……………………………………………………………………. 3

Corporate Governance ……………………………………………………………. 4

· Board of Directors ……………………………………………………………. 4

· Top Management ……………………………………………………………. 5

External Environment ……………………………………………………………………. 5

· Opportunities ……………………………………………………………………. 5

· Threats ……………………………………………………………………. 6

Internal Environment ……………………………………………………………………. 7

· Strengths ……………………………………………………………………. 7

· Weaknesses ……………………………………………………………………. 7

· Financials ……………………………………………………………………. 8

External and Internal Environment Summary: SWOT ……………………………. 9

Conclusion/Recommendations ……………………………………………………. 9

Bibliography …………………………………………………………………………... 11

Executive Summary

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of The Walt Disney Company. Methods of analysis include external and internal environments. Recommendations and conclusions will be made based on the analysis.

Company History

Founded on October 16, 1923 as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, The Walt Disney Company established itself in the animation industry before expanding into the global mass media corporation that it is today.

The Walt Disney Company Today

The current mission is to be one of the world's leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and consumer products, we seek to develop the most creative, innovative and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world.

Corporate Governance

Board of Directors

· 10 members with CEO on the board

Top Management

· 9 members

· CEO – Robert A. Inger – Also chairman of the board

SWOT External

Opportunities

· Emergent countries – Specifically China’s growing consumer market

· Expansion of online presence

Threats

· The reduction of competitor cable fees

· Increasing costs of sports rights

· The creation of competitors in sport media

SWOT Internal

Strengths

· Brand reputation

· Excellent strategic acquisitions

· ESPN’s cable dominance

· Financial strength of A++

Weaknesses

· Expensive box office failures

· Broadcasting segment underperforms

Recommendations

· Use global brand image to move into the Asia-Pacific and Chinese markets

· Continue to support ESPN sports rights

· Focus more on producing established big budget films (Star Wars 2015)

· Sell ABC while maintaining ownership of ESPN

· Foster an online presence

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Company Analysis

Company History and Background

The Walt Disney Company (commonly known as Disney) was originally founded on October 16, 1923, as The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio by Roy and Walt Disney. The initial Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio became an established leader within the animation industry before expanding into the multifaceted and international mass media corporation that it is today. The company took on its current official name in 1986 and is now the largest media conglomerate in the world in regards to total revenue. In collaboration with its 142 subsidiaries, Disney owns and operates: broadcast and cable television networks, publishing, merchandising, theatre divisions, a music division, and 14 amusement parks worldwide. Disney has been a constituent of the Dow Jones Industrial Average since 1991 and is headquartered in Burbank, California. Disney is traded in the New York Stock Exchange and listed as: DIS.

Current Situation

Past Corporate Performances Index

Over the past five years Disney has shown a slight growth in net income and revenue as well as maintaining a stable net profit percentage, which can be seen in Figure 1 on the next page.

Figure 1: 2009-2013 Financial Revenue and Profit Margin Overview

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Source: Google Finance NYSE DIS

Disney has a Debt to Total Capital ratio of 24.56%, which is lower than that of previous years (Financial Times, DIS:NYQ).

Strategic Posture

· Mission Statement: “The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to be one of the world's leading producers and providers of entertainment and information. Using our portfolio of brands to differentiate our content, services and consumer products, we seek to develop the most creative, innovative and profitable entertainment experiences and related products in the world.”

· Current Strategies revolve around the drive to fully develop and monetize franchises and to increase the company’s international presence. This is put into motion through Disney’s self defined ‘chain of excellence’. This chain includes; leadership excellence, cast (employee) excellence, guest satisfaction, and financial results.

Competition

Disney competes in many business segments but has the advantage of having the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) in its portfolio, accounting for about 50% of the company’s total profits.

Top competitors of Disney include:

· Time Warner Inc. (TWX) – A multinational media corporation based in New York City. It is the world’s second largest entertainment and media conglomerate in terms of revenue. Key holdings include Time Inc., Turner Broadcasting, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and HBO.

· Viacom Inc. (VIA) – Global mass media company focused in cable television and cinema. The world’s fourth largest media conglomerate. Key holdings include Paramount Pictures, BET Networks, and Viacom International Media.

· Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) – A multinational mass media corporation formed from the 2013 split of News Corporation. Key assets include the Fox Entertainment Group and its array of Fox subdivisions.

· Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) – Enormous mass media and communications company. The largest cable company and Internet service provider within the United States. Key holdings include NBC Universal Inc. and Universal Pictures.

· CBS Corporation (CBS) – Mass media corporation concentrated on television production, commercial broadcasting, and publishing.

Figure 2: The Walt Disney Company’s Market Share by Segment With Competitors

Cable Networks

Media Networks

Parks & Resorts

Studio Entertainment

Consumer Products

Interactive Media

Media Network Fees

Media Networks Advertising

Disney

29.36%

18.96%

46.47%

16.62%

28.74%

16.18%

37.88%

22.02%

Time Warner Inc.

-

15.13%

-

35.07%

-

-

-

-

Viacom Inc.

19.84%

9.11%

-

5.98%

-

-

16.94%

12.51%

21st Century Fox

23.15%

5.84%

-

21.74%

-

5.5%

33.67%

22.51%

Comcast Corporation

18.15%

7.98%

7.31%

12.71%

-

-

-

5.68%

CBS Corporation

3.73%

7.93%

-

7.88%

-

-

8.61%

22.67%

Other

5.77%

35.05%

46.22%

-

71.26%

78.32%

2.9%

14.55%

Source: Commodity Systems Inc. 2014

Corporate Governance

Disney defines its corporate governance as being committed to policies and practices that promote the thoughtful and independent representation of shareholder interests. Disney’s Chief Executive Officer as of 2005 is Robert A. Iger. Iger has been valuable to the company through his immediate impact beginning with but not limited to the 2006 acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios (Pixar).

Board of Directors

The Disney board of directors boasts a diverse body of ten members with the CEO, Robert A. Iger, sitting on the board and acting as the Chairman.

· Board of Directors

· Robert A. Iger – Chairman and CEO

· Susan Arnold, John S. Chen, Jack Dorsey, Fred H. Langhammer, Aylwin B. Lewis, Monica C. Lozano, Robert W. Matschullat, Sheryl Sandberg, Orin C. Smith

Top Management

· Corporate

· Andy Bird, Alan Braverman, Ronald L. Iden, Kevin Mayer, Christine M. McCarthy, Zenia Mucha, Jayne Parker, Jay Rasulo, Brent Woodford

· Business Unit

· George Bodenheimer, Bob Chapek, Alan F. Horn, James Pitaro, John Skipper, Thomas O. Staggs, Anne Sweeney

External Environment: Opportunities and Threats

Opportunities

Disney is very strong within the United States and boasts a loyal fan base, therefore the logical opportunity for company growth is to expand and develop in foreign markets. The worlds fastest growing consumer market is China with an average growth rate of 10% over the last thirty years (International Monetary Fund). The Asia-Pacific region alone accounted for over half of the world’s paid television subscribers market share as of 2011 and is expected to continue its trend of growth. This would indicate that China and the Asia-Pacific region are the greatest external opportunity for Disney, as the company will be looking to enter and solidify itself within new foreign markets.

In today’s world, digital information and social media are dominant. In order for businesses and people to be relevant an online presence is mandatory, but in order for the online presence to be effective it needs to be powerful. Disney in the past has struggled to assert a strong online presence but if achieved the company will be able to expand the reach of its already established brand. Disney’s primary target audiences are children between the ages of four and fourteen. These audiences are considered primary due to the fact that these children are the most loyal to the brand and have the greatest amount of influence on parental decision-making. With 95% of teens in the United States actively online and comparable percentages in emerging markets worldwide, having an online presence is an easy oppor

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