VIA-2015.06.30-10Q


 
UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 
FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    
For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2015
OR
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    
For the transition period from                      to                     
Commission File Number 001-32686
 
 
 
 
VIACOM INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
DELAWARE
20-3515052
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)
 
 
 
 
1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
(212) 258-6000
(Address, including zip code, and telephone number,
including area code, of registrant’s principal executive offices)
 
 
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes x    No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes x    No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer x    Accelerated filer ¨    Non-accelerated filer ¨    Smaller reporting company ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes ¨    No x
Class of Stock
 
Shares Outstanding
as of July 15, 2015
Class A common stock, par value $0.001 per share
 
50,323,739

Class B common stock, par value $0.001 per share
 
347,460,112

 


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VIACOM INC.
INDEX TO FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
Page
 
 
 
Consolidated Statements of Earnings for the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
 
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014
 
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014
 
 
 
 


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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Consolidated Financial Statements.
VIACOM INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited)
 
  
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions, except per share amounts)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Revenues
$
3,058

 
$
3,421

 
$
9,480

 
$
9,792

Expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating
1,252

 
1,565

 
4,931

 
4,577

Selling, general and administrative
666

 
718

 
2,118

 
2,134

Depreciation and amortization
56

 
52

 
168

 
163

Restructuring

 

 
206

 

Total expenses
1,974

 
2,335

 
7,423

 
6,874

Operating income
1,084

 
1,086

 
2,057

 
2,918

Interest expense, net
(166
)
 
(158
)
 
(492
)
 
(459
)
Equity in net earnings of investee companies
28

 
22

 
103

 
58

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 
(11
)
 

 
(11
)
Other items, net

 
3

 
(30
)
 

Earnings from continuing operations before provision for income taxes
946

 
942

 
1,638

 
2,506

Provision for income taxes
(301
)
 
(288
)
 
(528
)
 
(784
)
Net earnings from continuing operations
645

 
654

 
1,110

 
1,722

Discontinued operations, net of tax

 
(1
)
 

 
(1
)
Net earnings (Viacom and noncontrolling interests)
645

 
653

 
1,110

 
1,721

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests
(54
)
 
(43
)
 
(72
)
 
(62
)
Net earnings attributable to Viacom
$
591

 
$
610

 
$
1,038

 
$
1,659

Amounts attributable to Viacom:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net earnings from continuing operations
$
591

 
$
611

 
$
1,038

 
$
1,660

Discontinued operations, net of tax

 
(1
)
 

 
(1
)
Net earnings attributable to Viacom
$
591

 
$
610

 
$
1,038

 
$
1,659

Basic earnings per share attributable to Viacom:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
$
1.49

 
$
1.43

 
$
2.57

 
$
3.80

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

Net earnings
$
1.49

 
$
1.43

 
$
2.57

 
$
3.80

Diluted earnings per share attributable to Viacom:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Continuing operations
$
1.47

 
$
1.40

 
$
2.54

 
$
3.73

Discontinued operations

 

 

 

Net earnings
$
1.47

 
$
1.40

 
$
2.54

 
$
3.73

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
397.5

 
428.0

 
403.6

 
436.4

Diluted
401.2

 
435.8

 
408.0

 
444.8

Dividends declared per share of Class A and Class B common stock
$
0.40

 
$
0.33

 
$
1.06

 
$
0.93

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 See accompanying notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

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VIACOM INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(Unaudited)
 
  
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Net earnings (Viacom and noncontrolling interests)
$
645

 
$
653

 
$
1,110

 
$
1,721

Other comprehensive income/(loss), net of tax:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
73

 
(7
)
 
(189
)
 
26

Defined benefit pension plans
43

 

 
22

 

Cash flow hedges
2

 

 
2

 
1

Available for sale securities
1

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income/(loss) (Viacom and noncontrolling interests)
119

 
(7
)
 
(165
)
 
27

Comprehensive income
764

 
646

 
945

 
1,748

Less: Comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interest
57

 
44

 
69

 
64

Comprehensive income attributable to Viacom
$
707

 
$
602

 
$
876

 
$
1,684

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 See accompanying notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

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VIACOM INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(in millions, except par value)
June 30,
2015
 
September 30,
2014
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
421

 
$
1,000

Receivables, net
2,720

 
3,066

Inventory, net
841

 
846

Prepaid and other assets
433

 
340

Total current assets
4,415

 
5,252

Property and equipment, net
937

 
1,016

Inventory, net
3,890

 
3,897

Goodwill
11,472

 
11,535

Intangibles, net
356

 
399

Other assets
1,025

 
948

Total assets
$
22,095

 
$
23,047

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$
331

 
$
475

Accrued expenses
711

 
969

Participants' share and residuals
797

 
993

Program obligations
664

 
703

Deferred revenue
266

 
259

Current portion of debt
267

 
18

Other liabilities
794

 
518

Total current liabilities
3,830

 
3,935

Noncurrent portion of debt
12,816

 
12,681

Participants' share and residuals
255

 
403

Program obligations
362

 
459

Deferred tax liabilities, net
365

 
266

Other liabilities
1,321

 
1,340

Redeemable noncontrolling interest
206

 
216

Commitments and contingencies (Note 6)


 


Viacom stockholders' equity:
 
 
 
Class A common stock, par value $0.001, 375.0 authorized; 50.3 and 50.9 outstanding, respectively

 

Class B common stock, par value $0.001, 5,000.0 authorized; 347.6 and 363.3 outstanding, respectively

 

Additional paid-in capital
9,981

 
9,772

Treasury stock, 398.0 and 377.0 common shares held in treasury, respectively
(20,725
)
 
(19,225
)
Retained earnings
14,071

 
13,465

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(455
)
 
(293
)
Total Viacom stockholders' equity
2,872

 
3,719

Noncontrolling interests
68

 
28

Total equity
2,940

 
3,747

Total liabilities and equity
$
22,095

 
$
23,047

 
 
 
 
 See accompanying notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

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VIACOM INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
 
  
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
Net earnings (Viacom and noncontrolling interests)
$
1,110

 
$
1,721

Discontinued operations, net of tax

 
1

Net earnings from continuing operations
1,110

 
1,722

Reconciling items:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
168

 
163

Feature film and program amortization
3,475

 
2,884

Equity-based compensation
72

 
93

Equity in net earnings and distributions from investee companies
(99
)
 
(30
)
Deferred income taxes
38

 
(198
)
Operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:
 
 
 
Receivables
317

 
51

Inventory, program rights and participations
(3,885
)
 
(3,239
)
Accounts payable and other current liabilities
(23
)
 
42

Other, net
(93
)
 
(125
)
Cash provided by operations
1,080

 
1,363

INVESTING ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
Acquisitions and investments, net
5

 
(5
)
Capital expenditures
(90
)
 
(81
)
Net cash flow used in investing activities
(85
)
 
(86
)
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
Borrowings
990

 
1,484

Debt repayments
(600
)
 
(600
)
Purchase of treasury stock
(1,548
)
 
(2,681
)
Dividends paid
(405
)
 
(401
)
Excess tax benefits on equity-based compensation awards
45

 
80

Exercise of stock options
142

 
159

Other, net
(131
)
 
(154
)
Net cash flow used in financing activities
(1,507
)
 
(2,113
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
(67
)
 
18

Net change in cash and cash equivalents
(579
)
 
(818
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
1,000

 
2,403

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
421

 
$
1,585

 
 
 
 
 See accompanying notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

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VIACOM INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS




NOTE 1. BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Description of Business
Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in 180 countries. Viacom operates through two reporting segments: Media Networks, which includes the Music & Entertainment Group, the Kids & Family Group and BET Networks, and Filmed Entertainment. The Media Networks segment provides entertainment content and related branded products for consumers in targeted demographics attractive to 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, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Television brands. References in this document to “Viacom”, “Company”, “we”, “us” and “our” mean Viacom Inc. and our consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.
Unaudited Interim Financial Statements
The accompanying unaudited consolidated quarterly financial statements have been prepared on a basis consistent with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for interim financial information and pursuant to the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited financial statements reflect all adjustments, consisting of only normal and recurring adjustments, necessary for a fair presentation of our results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the periods presented. The results of operations for the periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results expected for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015 (“fiscal 2015”) or any future period. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with our Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2014, as filed with the SEC on November 13, 2014 (the “2014 Form 10-K”).
Use of Estimates
Preparing financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates, judgments and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities as of the dates presented and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the periods presented. Significant estimates inherent in the preparation of the accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements include estimates of film ultimate revenues, product returns, potential outcome of uncertain tax positions, fair value of acquired assets and liabilities, fair value of equity-based compensation and pension benefit assumptions. Estimates are based on past experience and other considerations reasonable under the circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In April 2015, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2015-03, which changes the presentation of debt issuance costs in the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of the related debt rather than as an asset. The guidance is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015, with early adoption permitted, and must be applied on a retrospective basis to all prior periods presented in the financial statements. In the third quarter of 2015, we adopted the new guidance which resulted in the reclassification of approximately $70 million of debt issuance costs from Other assets to Noncurrent portion of debt in our Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014.
In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09 - Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASU 2014-09”), a comprehensive revenue recognition model that supersedes the current revenue recognition requirements and most industry-specific guidance. The underlying core principle of ASU 2014-09 is that a company should recognize revenue to depict the transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration it expects to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. ASU 2014-09 will be effective for the first interim period within annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and allows adoption either under a full retrospective or a modified retrospective approach. Early adoption is permitted, but no earlier than annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. We are currently evaluating the impact of the new standard.

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VIACOM INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(continued)

NOTE 2. INVENTORY
Our total inventory consists of the following:
Inventory
(in millions)
June 30,
2015
 
September 30,
2014
Film inventory:
 
 
 
Released, net of amortization
$
754

 
$
664

Completed, not yet released
6

 
131

In process and other
853

 
436

Total film inventory, net of amortization
1,613

 
1,231

Original programming:
 
 
 
Released, net of amortization
1,126

 
1,409

In process and other
717

 
631

Total original programming, net of amortization
1,843

 
2,040

Acquired program rights, net of amortization
1,177

 
1,367

Home entertainment inventory
98

 
105

Total inventory, net
4,731

 
4,743

Less: current portion
(841
)
 
(846
)
Total inventory-noncurrent, net
$
3,890

 
$
3,897

 
 
 
 

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VIACOM INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(continued)

NOTE 3. DEBT
Our total debt consists of the following:
Debt
(in millions)
June 30,
2015
 
September 30,
2014
Senior Notes and Debentures:
 
 
 
                Senior notes due February 2015, 1.250%
$

 
$
600

                Senior notes due September 2015, 4.250%
250

 
250

                Senior notes due April 2016, 6.250%
917

 
916

                Senior notes due December 2016, 2.500%
399

 
398

                Senior notes due April 2017, 3.500%
498

 
497

                Senior notes due October 2017, 6.125%
499

 
498

                Senior notes due September 2018, 2.500%
497

 
495

                Senior notes due April 2019, 2.200%
398

 
398

                Senior notes due September 2019, 5.625%
551

 
551

                Senior notes due December 2019, 2.750%
398

 

                Senior notes due March 2021, 4.500%
493

 
492

                Senior notes due December 2021, 3.875%
592

 
591

                Senior notes due June 2022, 3.125%
296

 
295

                Senior notes due March 2023, 3.250%
297

 
296

                Senior notes due September 2023, 4.250%
1,232

 
1,230

                Senior notes due April 2024, 3.875%
543

 
543

                Senior debentures due December 2034, 4.850%
592

 

                Senior debentures due April 2036, 6.875%
1,066

 
1,065

                Senior debentures due October 2037, 6.750%
75

 
75

                Senior debentures due February 2042, 4.500%
243

 
243

                Senior debentures due March 2043, 4.375%
1,084

 
1,081

                Senior debentures due June 2043, 4.875%
246

 
246

                Senior debentures due September 2043, 5.850%
1,227

 
1,227

                Senior debentures due April 2044, 5.250%
544

 
544

Capital lease and other obligations
146

 
168

Total debt
13,083

 
12,699

Less: current portion
(267
)
 
(18
)
Total noncurrent portion of debt
$
12,816

 
$
12,681

 
 
 
 
Senior Notes and Debentures
In December 2014, we issued a total of $1.0 billion of senior notes and debentures as follows:
2.750% Senior Notes due December 2019 with an aggregate principal amount of $400 million at a price equal to 99.986% of the principal amount.
4.850% Senior Debentures due December 2034 with an aggregate principal amount of $600 million at a price equal to 99.543% of the principal amount.
The proceeds, net of the discount and other issuance fees and expenses, from the issuance of the senior notes and debentures were $990 million.
The total unamortized discount and issuance fees and expenses related to our senior notes and debentures was $483 million as of June 30, 2015 and $489 million as of September 30, 2014. The fair value of our senior notes and debentures was approximately $13.4 billion as of June 30, 2015. The valuation of our publicly traded debt is based on quoted prices in active markets.
In February 2015, we repaid the $600 million aggregate principal amount of our 1.250% Senior Notes.
The Senior Notes due in April 2016 are classified as long-term debt as we have the intent and the ability, through utilization of our $2.5 billion revolving credit facility, to refinance this debt.

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VIACOM INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(continued)

Credit Facility
In November 2014, we amended our revolving credit agreement, originally dated as of October 8, 2010, to, among other things, extend the maturity date of the $2.5 billion revolving credit facility from November 9, 2017 to November 18, 2019. At June 30, 2015, there were no amounts outstanding under the credit facility. The credit facility has one principal financial covenant that requires our interest coverage for the most recent four consecutive fiscal quarters to be at least 3.0x, which we met as of June 30, 2015.
NOTE 4. PENSION BENEFITS
During the quarter ended December 31, 2014, we offered certain participants of our funded pension plan the option to receive a one-time lump-sum payment equal to the present value of their respective pension benefit. The settlement triggered a remeasurement of the net pension obligation and settlement accounting. The settlement resulted in the recognition of a non-cash settlement loss of $24 million reclassified from unrecognized actuarial loss included within Accumulated other comprehensive income/(loss) in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.

The components of net periodic benefit cost/(income) for our defined benefit pension plans, which are currently frozen to future benefit accruals, are set forth below.
Net Periodic Benefit Cost/(Income)
(in millions)
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Interest cost
$
10

 
$
11

 
$
32

 
$
35

Expected return on plan assets
(11
)
 
(13
)
 
(35
)
 
(38
)
Recognized actuarial loss
2

 
1

 
5

 
1

Loss on pension settlement

 

 
24

 

Net periodic benefit cost/(income)
$
1

 
$
(1
)
 
$
26

 
$
(2
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NOTE 5. REDEEMABLE NONCONTROLLING INTEREST
We are subject to a redeemable put option, payable in a foreign currency, with respect to an international subsidiary, which was recently renewed. The put option now expires in February 2019 and is classified as Redeemable noncontrolling interest in the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

The components of redeemable noncontrolling interest are as follows:
Redeemable Noncontrolling Interest
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
Beginning balance
$
216

 
$
200

Net earnings
11

 
14

Distributions
(16
)
 
(15
)
Translation adjustment
(9
)
 
14

Redemption value adjustment
4

 
1

Ending Balance
$
206

 
$
214

 
 
 
 


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VIACOM INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(continued)

NOTE 6. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Commitments
As more fully described in Notes 4 and 11 of the 2014 Form 10-K, our commitments primarily consist of programming and talent commitments, operating and capital lease arrangements, and purchase obligations for goods and services. These arrangements result from our normal course of business and represent obligations that may be payable over several years.
Contingencies
We have certain indemnification obligations with respect to leases primarily associated with the previously discontinued operations of Famous Players Inc. (“Famous Players”). In addition, we have certain indemnities provided by the acquirer of Famous Players. These lease commitments amounted to approximately $304 million as of June 30, 2015. The amount of lease commitments varies over time depending on expiration or termination of individual underlying leases, or of the related indemnification obligation, and foreign exchange rates, among other things. We may also have exposure for certain other expenses related to the leases, such as property taxes and common area maintenance. We have recorded a liability of $192 million with respect to such obligations as of June 30, 2015. We believe our accrual is sufficient to meet any future obligations based on our consideration of available financial information, the lessees’ historical performance in meeting their lease obligations and the underlying economic factors impacting the lessees’ business models.
Legal Matters
Litigation is inherently uncertain and always difficult to predict. However, based on our understanding and evaluation of the relevant facts and circumstances, we believe that the legal matters described below and other litigation to which we are a party are not likely, in the aggregate, to have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position or operating cash flows.
On July 23, 2015, the European Commission’s competition authority, DG Comp, issued a Statement of Objections (the “SO”) to the six major Hollywood film studios, including Paramount Pictures ("Paramount"), and to Sky TV UK (“Sky”), in connection with DG Comp’s investigation into whether conventional territorial restrictions in agreements licensing motion pictures to Pay-TV broadcasters impeded European Union single market imperatives in an anti-competitive way. The SO directed at Paramount takes issue with certain geo-filtering provisions in Paramount’s 2009 and 2014 agreements with Sky, which are designed to enforce the territorial nature of the movie content Paramount licenses for distribution on Sky’s online and mobile Pay TV platforms. In addition, the SO challenges certain provisions in the 2009 agreement regarding Sky’s satellite distribution of Paramount films. Paramount has an opportunity to respond to the SO, and for a hearing before the European Commission. If the SO directed at Paramount is not resolved by settlement and the European Commission decides that violations have in fact occurred, it has the power to impose fines. Any such ruling would be subject to judicial review in the European Union’s General Court and, thereafter, the European Court of Justice. The full process, including appeals, could last several years. We believe that Paramount’s licensing practices in the European Union are consistent with the region’s competition and other rules, and the objections presented by the European Commission are without merit. We will vigorously defend against the claims made by the European Commission.
In February 2013, Cablevision Systems Corporation filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that Viacom’s industry standard practice of offering discounts for additional network distribution constituted a “tying” arrangement in violation of federal and New York state antitrust laws. Similar arrangements have been upheld by numerous federal and state courts, including in a federal case in which Cablevision itself advocated for the legality of such arrangements. We believe the lawsuit is without merit. In July 2014, Viacom answered the amended complaint and asserted counterclaims against Cablevision for having fraudulently induced Viacom to renew their affiliate agreement at the end of 2012 on terms which Cablevision intended to challenge in the courts. Cablevision answered the counterclaims in September 2014. The litigation is in the discovery phase.

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VIACOM INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(continued)

NOTE 7. STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
The components of stockholders’ equity are as follows:
  
Nine Months Ended  
 June 30, 2015
 
Nine Months Ended  
 June 30, 2014
Stockholders’ Equity
(in millions)
Total Viacom Stockholders' Equity
 
Noncontrolling Interests
 
Total Equity
 
Total Viacom Stockholders' Equity
 
Noncontrolling Interests
 
Total Equity
Beginning Balance
$
3,719

 
$
28

 
$
3,747

 
$
5,193

 
$
(3
)
 
$
5,190

Net earnings
1,038

 
72

 
1,110

 
1,659

 
62

 
1,721

Other comprehensive income/(loss) (1)
(162
)
 
(3
)
 
(165
)
 
25

 
2

 
27

Noncontrolling interests
(4
)
 
(29
)
 
(33
)
 
(1
)
 
(26
)
 
(27
)
Dividends declared
(428
)
 

 
(428
)
 
(409
)
 

 
(409
)
Purchase of treasury stock
(1,500
)
 

 
(1,500
)
 
(2,550
)
 

 
(2,550
)
Equity-based compensation and other
209

 

 
209

 
234

 

 
234

Ending Balance
$
2,872

 
$
68

 
$
2,940

 
$
4,151

 
$
35

 
$
4,186

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) The components of other comprehensive income/(loss) are net of a tax expense of $16 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2015. There was no tax impact for the nine months ended June 30, 2014.
Equity Awards
During the quarter ended June 30, 2015, we granted 3.0 million stock options and 0.8 million restricted share units with a weighted average grant date fair value of $10.93 and $65.92 per share, respectively.
NOTE 8. RESTRUCTURING AND PROGRAMMING CHARGES
Following a company-wide review across our worldwide Media Networks, Filmed Entertainment operations and corporate functions earlier in the year, we implemented significant strategic and operational improvements. These included the reorganization of three of our operating segments (Music, Entertainment and Nickelodeon) into two new segments (Music & Entertainment and Kids & Family). The new structure realigns sales, marketing, creative and support functions, increases efficiencies in program and product development, enhances opportunities to share expertise, and promotes greater cross-marketing and cross channel programming activity. We are also reallocating resources to expand our capabilities in critical business areas including data analysis, technology development and consumer insights, reflecting the rapidly changing media marketplace, shifting consumer behavior and evolving measurement practices. In connection with the strategic realignment, we recognized a pre-tax charge of $784 million in the quarter ending March 31, 2015, reflecting $578 million of programming charges, of which $432 million reflect write-downs, and a $206 million restructuring charge associated with workforce reductions. The programming charges are included within Operating expenses in the Consolidated Statement of Earnings.

Media Networks recognized programming charges of $411 million for the write-down of underperforming programming, including the abandonment of select acquired titles, and $123 million of accelerated amortization of programming expenses associated with a change in our ultimate revenue projections for certain original programming genres that have been impacted by changing media consumption habits. Filmed Entertainment recognized charges of $21 million for the write-down of certain films not yet released and $23 million related to the abandonment of development projects.

The following table presents the 2015 restructuring and programming charges by segment:
2015 Restructuring and Programming Charges
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
Media Networks
 
Filmed Entertainment
 
Corporate
 
Total
Restructuring charge
$
137

 
$
57

 
$
12

 
$
206

Programming charges
534

 
44

 

 
578

Total
$
671

 
$
101

 
$
12

 
$
784

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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(continued)


Our restructuring liability related to future severance payments as of June 30, 2015 by reporting segment is as follows:
2015 Restructuring Liability 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in millions)
Media Networks
 
Filmed Entertainment
 
Corporate
 
Total
March 31, 2015
$
137

 
$
57

 
$
12

 
$
206

Severance payments
(23
)
 
(3
)
 
(2
)
 
(28
)
June 30, 2015
$
114

 
$
54

 
$
10

 
$
178

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The strategic realignment is largely complete and we anticipate that a majority of the severance will be paid by March 31, 2016.
NOTE 9. EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic earnings per common share is computed by dividing Net earnings attributable to Viacom by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. The determination of diluted earnings per common share includes the weighted average number of common shares plus the dilutive effect of equity awards based upon the application of the treasury stock method. Anti-dilutive common shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings per common share.
The following table sets forth the weighted average number of common shares outstanding used in determining basic and diluted earnings per common share and anti-dilutive common shares:
Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding and Anti-dilutive Common Shares
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, basic
397.5

 
428.0

 
403.6

 
436.4

        Dilutive effect of equity awards
3.7

 
7.8

 
4.4

 
8.4

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding, diluted
401.2

 
435.8

 
408.0

 
444.8

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anti-dilutive common shares
8.1

 
2.1

 
5.6

 
0.8

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NOTE 10. SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW AND OTHER INFORMATION
Our supplemental cash flow information is as follows:
Supplemental Cash Flow Information
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
Cash paid for interest
$
479

 
$
416

Cash paid for income taxes
$
388

 
$
686

Cash paid for income taxes in the nine months ended June 30, 2015 reflects the benefit from the retroactive reenactment of legislation allowing for accelerated tax deductions on certain qualified film and television productions.
Accounts Receivable
We had $480 million and $482 million of noncurrent trade receivables as of June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014, respectively. The accounts receivable were primarily in the Filmed Entertainment segment, included within Other assets in our Consolidated Balance Sheets, and principally related to long-term television license arrangements. Such amounts are due in accordance with the underlying terms of the respective agreements and are principally from investment grade companies with which we have historically done business under similar terms, for which credit loss allowances are generally not considered necessary.
Variable Interest Entities
In the normal course of business, we enter into joint ventures or make investments with business partners that support our underlying business strategy and provide us the ability to enter new markets to expand the reach of our brands, develop new programming and/or distribute our existing content. In certain instances, an entity in which we make an investment may

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(continued)

qualify as a variable interest entity (“VIE”). In determining whether we are the primary beneficiary of a VIE, we assess whether we have the power to direct matters that most significantly impact the activities of the VIE and have the obligation to absorb losses or the right to receive benefits from the VIE that could potentially be significant to the VIE.
Unconsolidated Variable Interest Entities: We have an unconsolidated investment in Viacom 18, a 50% owned joint venture in India with Network 18 Media and Investments Limited that qualifies as a VIE. Our aggregate investment carrying value in Viacom 18 was $72 million and $68 million as of June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014, respectively.

Consolidated Variable Interest Entities: Our Consolidated Balance Sheets include amounts related to consolidated VIEs totaling $223 million in assets and $54 million in liabilities as of June 30, 2015, and $138 million in assets and $54 million in liabilities as of September 30, 2014. The consolidated VIEs’ revenues, expenses and operating income were not significant for all periods presented.
Income Taxes
Our effective tax rate was 31.8% in the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Our effective tax rate was 32.2% in the nine months ended June 30, 2015, which included the restructuring and programming charges, the pension settlement loss and other discrete tax expense that, when taken together, contributed 0.4 percentage points to the effective tax rate. This discrete tax expense was principally related to a reduction in qualified production activity tax benefits as a result of retroactively reenacted legislation.
Our effective tax rate was 30.6% in the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Our effective tax rate was 31.3% in the nine months ended June 30, 2014, which included the loss on extinguishment of debt and discrete tax benefits that reduced the effective tax rate by 0.8 percentage points. This discrete tax benefit was principally related to the recognition of capital loss carryforward benefits.
NOTE 11. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
The following table summarizes our financial assets and liabilities measured and recorded at fair value on a recurring basis as of June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014:
Financial Asset/(Liability)
  
 
Quoted Prices In
Active Markets for
Identical Assets
 
Significant Other
Observable
Inputs
 
Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(in millions)
Total        
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Level 3
June 30, 2015
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marketable securities
$
116

 
$
116

 
$

 
$

Derivatives

 

 

 

Total
$
116

 
$
116

 
$

 
$

September 30, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marketable securities
$
107

 
$
107

 
$

 
$

Derivatives
(8
)
 

 
(8
)
 

Total
$
99

 
$
107

 
$
(8
)
 
$

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The fair value for marketable securities is determined utilizing a market approach based on quoted market prices in active markets at period end and the fair value for derivatives is determined utilizing a market-based approach.
The notional value of all foreign exchange contracts was $962 million and $628 million as of June 30, 2015 and September 30, 2014, respectively. At June 30, 2015, $548 million related to our foreign currency balances, $148 million related to our anticipated investment in Prism TV Private Limited (“Prism”) and $266 million related to future production and programming costs. On July 31, 2015, we acquired a 50% interest in Prism, an owner and operator of regional entertainment channels in India, for 9.4 billion rupees (approximately $153 million). We will account for our investment in Prism under the equity method of accounting. At September 30, 2014, $390 million related to our foreign currency balances, $154 million related to the anticipated investing cash flows and $84 million related to future production costs.
As described in Note 8, we recognized impairment charges related to the write-down of certain programming and films. The impairment charges reflect the excess of the unamortized cost of the impaired programs and films over their estimated fair value using discounted cash flows, which is a Level 3 valuation technique.

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NOTE 12. REPORTING SEGMENTS
The following tables set forth our financial performance by reporting segment. Our reporting segments have been determined in accordance with our internal management structure. We manage our operations through two reporting segments: (i) Media Networks and (ii) Filmed Entertainment. Typical intersegment transactions include the purchase of advertising by the Filmed Entertainment segment on Media Networks’ properties and the purchase of Filmed Entertainment’s feature films exhibition rights by Media Networks. The elimination of such intercompany transactions in the Consolidated Financial Statements is included within eliminations in the tables below.
 
Our measure of segment performance is adjusted operating income/(loss). Adjusted operating income/(loss) is defined as operating income/(loss), before equity-based compensation and certain other items identified as affecting comparability, including restructuring and programming charges, when applicable.
Revenues by Segment
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Media Networks
$
2,597

 
$
2,591

 
$
7,703

 
$
7,507

Filmed Entertainment
479

 
856

 
1,858

 
2,368

Eliminations
(18
)
 
(26
)
 
(81
)
 
(83
)
Total revenues
$
3,058

 
$
3,421

 
$
9,480

 
$
9,792

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted Operating Income/(Loss)
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Media Networks
$
1,114

 
$
1,121

 
$
3,121

 
$
3,184

Filmed Entertainment
48

 
55

 
(11
)
 
(8
)
Corporate expenses
(58
)
 
(61
)
 
(176
)
 
(164
)
Eliminations
1

 
1

 
3

 
(1
)
Equity-based compensation
(21
)
 
(30
)
 
(72
)
 
(93
)
Restructuring and programming charges

 

 
(784
)
 

Loss on pension settlement

 

 
(24
)
 

Operating income
1,084

 
1,086

 
2,057

 
2,918

Interest expense, net
(166
)
 
(158
)
 
(492
)
 
(459
)
Equity in net earnings of investee companies
28

 
22

 
103

 
58

Loss on extinguishment of debt

 
(11
)
 

 
(11
)
Other items, net

 
3

 
(30
)
 

Earnings from continuing operations before provision for income taxes
$
946

 
$
942

 
$
1,638

 
$
2,506

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Assets
June 30,
2015
 
September 30,
2014
(in millions)
 
Media Networks
$
17,140

 
$
17,647

Filmed Entertainment
5,874

 
5,440

Corporate/Eliminations
(919
)
 
(40
)
Total assets
$
22,095

 
$
23,047

 
 
 
 


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(continued)

Revenues by Component
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Advertising
$
1,223

 
$
1,249

 
$
3,762

 
$
3,698

Feature film
433

 
775

 
1,712

 
2,203

Affiliate fees
1,244

 
1,224

 
3,522

 
3,404

Ancillary
176

 
199

 
565

 
570

Eliminations
(18
)
 
(26
)
 
(81
)
 
(83
)
Total revenues
$
3,058

 
$
3,421

 
$
9,480

 
$
9,792

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Certain prior year revenues for the Filmed Entertainment segment have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.
NOTE 13. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
National Amusements, Inc. (“NAI”), directly and indirectly, is the controlling stockholder of both Viacom and CBS Corporation (“CBS”). Sumner M. Redstone, the controlling shareholder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NAI, serves as our Executive Chairman and Founder and as the Executive Chairman and Founder of CBS. Shari Redstone, who is Sumner Redstone’s daughter, is the President and a director of NAI, and serves as non-executive Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of both Viacom and CBS. George Abrams, one of our directors, serves on the boards of both NAI and Viacom, and Frederic Salerno, another of our directors, serves on the boards of both Viacom and CBS. Philippe Dauman, our President and Chief Executive Officer, also serves on the boards of both NAI and Viacom. Transactions between Viacom and related parties are overseen by our Governance and Nominating Committee.

Viacom and NAI Related Party Transactions
NAI licenses films in the ordinary course of business for its motion picture theaters from all major studios, including Paramount. During the nine months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014, Paramount earned revenues from NAI in connection with these licenses in the aggregate amounts of approximately $6 million and $8 million, respectively.
Viacom and CBS Corporation Related Party Transactions
In the ordinary course of business, we are involved in transactions with CBS and its various businesses that result in the recognition of revenues and expenses by us. Transactions with CBS are settled in cash.
Our Filmed Entertainment segment earns revenues and recognizes expenses associated with its distribution of certain television products into the home entertainment market on behalf of CBS. Pursuant to its agreement with CBS, which was extended in May 2015, Paramount distributes CBS’s library of television and other content on DVD and Blu-ray disc on a worldwide basis. Under the terms of the agreement, Paramount is entitled to retain a fee based on a percentage of gross receipts and is generally responsible for all out-of-pocket costs, which are recoupable together with any advance amounts paid. Paramount made advance payments of $75 million to CBS during the nine months ended June 30, 2015. Paramount also earns revenues from CBS through leasing of studio space and licensing of certain film products.
Our Media Networks segment recognizes advertising revenues and purchases television programming from CBS. The cost of the programming purchases is initially recorded as acquired program rights inventory and amortized over the estimated period that revenues will be generated.
Both of our segments recognize advertising expenses related to the placement of advertisements with CBS.

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The following table summarizes the transactions with CBS as included in our Consolidated Financial Statements:
CBS Related Party Transactions
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Consolidated Statement of Earnings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue
$
32

 
$
47

 
$
124

 
$
158

Operating expenses
$
42

 
$
66

 
$
190

 
$
219

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
June 30,
2015
 
September 30,
2014
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
 
 
 
 
$
4

 
$
5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
 
 
 
$
1

 
$
2

Participants’ share and residuals, current
 
 
 
 
69

 
100

Program obligations, current
 
 
 
 
79

 
87

Program obligations, noncurrent
 
 
 
 
65

 
104

Other liabilities
 
 
 
 
4

 
9

                Total due to CBS
 
 
 
 
$
218

 
$
302

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Other Related Party Transactions
In the ordinary course of business, we are involved in related party transactions with equity investees. These related party transactions primarily relate to the provision of advertising services, licensing of film and programming content, distribution of films and provision of certain administrative support services, for which the impact on our Consolidated Financial Statements is as follows:
Other Related Party Transactions
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
Consolidated Statement of Earnings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenue
$
24

 
$
29

 
$
82

 
$
109

Operating expenses
$
9

 
$
7

 
$
30

 
$
37

Selling, general and administrative
$
(5
)
 
$
(4
)
 
$
(11
)
 
$
(10
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
June 30,
2015
 
September 30,
2014
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Account receivable
 
 
 
 
$
53

 
$
84

Other assets
 
 
 
 
2

 
1

                Total due from other related parties
 
 
 
 
$
55

 
$
85

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
 
 
 
$
7

 
$
2

Other liabilities
 
 
 
 
45

 
37

                Total due to other related parties
 
 
 
 
$
52

 
$
39

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
All other related party transactions are not material in the periods presented.

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
Management’s discussion and analysis of results of operations and financial condition is provided as a supplement to and should be read in conjunction with the unaudited consolidated financial statements and related notes to enhance the understanding of our results of operations, financial condition and cash flows. Additional context can also be found in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on November 13, 2014 (the “2014 Form 10-K”). References in this document to “Viacom,” “Company,” “we,” “us” and “our” mean Viacom Inc. and our consolidated subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.
Significant components of management’s discussion and analysis of results of operations and financial condition include:
Overview: The overview section provides a summary of our business.
Results of Operations: The results of operations section provides an analysis of our results on a consolidated and reportable segment basis for the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2015, compared with the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2014. In addition, we provide a discussion of items that affect the comparability of our results of operations.
Liquidity and Capital Resources: The liquidity and capital resources section provides a discussion of our cash flows for the nine months ended June 30, 2015, compared with the nine months ended June 30, 2014, and of our outstanding debt, commitments and contingencies existing as of June 30, 2015.
OVERVIEW
Summary
We are home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in 180 countries. Our media networks, including Nickelodeon®, COMEDY CENTRAL®, MTV®, VH1®, SPIKE®, BET®, CMT®, TV Land®, Nick at Nite®, Nick Jr.®, Channel 5® (UK), Logo®, Nicktoons®, TeenNick® and Paramount Channel™, reach a cumulative 3.4 billion television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures® is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.
We operate through two reporting segments: Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment. Our measure of segment performance is adjusted operating income/(loss). We define adjusted operating income/(loss) for our segments as operating income/(loss), before equity-based compensation and certain other items identified as affecting comparability, including restructuring and programming charges, when applicable. Equity-based compensation is excluded from our segment measure of performance since it is set and approved by the Compensation Committee of Viacom’s Board of Directors in consultation with corporate executive management, and is included as a component of consolidated adjusted operating income.
When applicable, we use consolidated adjusted operating income, adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom and adjusted diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) from continuing operations, among other measures, to evaluate our actual operating performance and for planning and forecasting of future periods. We believe that the adjusted results provide relevant and useful information for investors because they clarify our actual operating performance, make it easier to compare our results with those of other companies and allow investors to review performance in the same way as our management. Since these are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), they should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, operating income, net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom and diluted EPS as indicators of operating performance and they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. For a reconciliation of our adjusted measures and discussion of the items affecting comparability, refer to the section entitled “Factors Affecting Comparability”.

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of Results of Operations and Financial Condition
(continued)


Media Networks
Our Media Networks segment generates revenues in three categories: (i) the sale of advertising and marketing services related to our content, (ii) affiliate fees from multichannel television service providers, including cable television operators, direct-to-home satellite television operators and telecommunications operators, subscription and advertising supported video-on-demand services, and other distributors of our programming and program services, and (iii) ancillary revenues, which include consumer products licensing, brand licensing, sale of content on DVDs and Blu-ray discs, licensing of our content for download-to-own and download-to-rent services and television syndication.
Media Networks segment expenses consist of operating expenses, selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses and depreciation and amortization. Operating expenses are comprised of costs related to original and acquired programming, including programming amortization, expenses associated with the distribution of home entertainment products and consumer products licensing, participation fees, integrated marketing expenses and other costs of sales. SG&A expenses consist primarily of employee compensation, marketing, research and professional service fees and facility and occupancy costs. Depreciation and amortization expenses reflect depreciation of fixed assets, including transponders financed under capital leases, and amortization of finite-lived intangible assets.
Filmed Entertainment
Our Filmed Entertainment segment generates revenues worldwide principally from: (i) the theatrical release and/or distribution of motion pictures, (ii) home entertainment revenues, which include sales of DVDs and Blu-ray discs relating to the motion pictures we release theatrically and direct-to-DVD, as well as content distributed on behalf of Viacom and third parties, transactional video-on-demand and download-to-own services, (iii) licensing of film and television exhibition rights to pay and basic cable television, broadcast television, syndicated television and subscription video-on-demand services and (iv) ancillary revenues from providing production services to third parties, primarily at Paramount’s studio lot, licensing of its brands for consumer products and theme parks, and distribution of content specifically developed for digital platforms and game distribution.
Filmed Entertainment segment expenses consist of operating expenses, SG&A expenses and depreciation and amortization. Operating expenses principally include the amortization of film costs of our released feature films (including participations and residuals), print and advertising expenses and other distribution costs. We incur marketing costs before and throughout the theatrical release of a film and, to a lesser extent, other distribution windows. Such costs are incurred to generate public interest in our films and are expensed as incurred; therefore, we typically incur losses with respect to a particular film prior to and during the film’s theatrical exhibition and profitability may not be realized until well after a film’s theatrical release. Therefore, the results of the Filmed Entertainment segment can be volatile as films work their way through the various distribution windows. SG&A expenses include employee compensation, facility and occupancy costs, professional service fees and other overhead costs. Depreciation and amortization expense principally consists of depreciation of fixed assets. 

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(continued)


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Consolidated Results of Operations
Our summary consolidated results of operations are presented below for the quarters and nine months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014.
  
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Better/(Worse)
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
 
Better/(Worse)
(in millions, except per share amounts)
2015
 
2014
 
$
 
%
 
2015
 
2014
 
$
 
%
Revenues
$
3,058

 
$
3,421

 
$
(363
)
 
(11
)%
 
$
9,480

 
$
9,792

 
$
(312
)
 
(3
)%
Operating income
1,084

 
1,086

 
(2
)
 

 
2,057

 
2,918

 
(861
)
 
(30
)
Adjusted operating income
1,084

 
1,086

 
(2
)
 

 
2,865

 
2,918

 
(53
)
 
(2
)
Net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom
591

 
611

 
(20
)
 
(3
)
 
1,038

 
1,660

 
(622
)
 
(37
)
Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom
591

 
618

 
(27
)
 
(4
)
 
1,596

 
1,647

 
(51
)
 
(3
)
Diluted EPS from continuing operations
1.47

 
1.40

 
0.07

 
5

 
2.54

 
3.73

 
(1.19
)
 
(32
)
Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations
$
1.47

 
$
1.42

 
$
0.05

 
4
 %
 
$
3.91

 
$
3.70

 
$
0.21

 
6
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See the section entitled “Factors Affecting Comparability” for a reconciliation of our adjusted measures to our reported results.
Revenues
Worldwide revenues decreased $363 million, or 11%, to $3.058 billion in the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Excluding an unfavorable 2% impact of foreign exchange, worldwide revenues declined 9%. Filmed Entertainment revenues decreased $377 million, or 44%, as revenues were lower across distribution windows and Media Networks revenues were slightly higher. Excluding an unfavorable 3% and 2% impact of foreign exchange, Filmed Entertainment revenues declined 41% and Media Networks revenues increased 2%, respectively.
Worldwide revenues decreased $312 million, or 3%, to $9.480 billion in the nine months ended June 30, 2015. Excluding an unfavorable 2% impact of foreign exchange, worldwide revenues declined 1%. Filmed Entertainment revenues decreased $510 million, or 22%, driven by lower revenues across distribution windows. Media Networks revenues increased $196 million, or 3%, due to higher affiliate fees revenues, as well as an increase in advertising revenues driven by the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcast Limited ("Channel 5") in September 2014, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange. Excluding an unfavorable 1% and 3% impact of foreign exchange, Media Networks revenues increased 4% and Filmed Entertainment revenues declined 19%, respectively.
Operating Income
Adjusted operating income was substantially flat at $1.084 billion in the quarter. Adjusted operating income decreased $53 million, or 2%, to $2.865 billion in the nine months, as higher revenues at Media Networks were more than offset by an increase in programming and promotional expenses. Adjusted results in the nine months exclude the impact of restructuring and programming charges totaling $784 million and a non-cash pension settlement loss of $24 million. Including the impact of the restructuring and programming charges and pension settlement loss, operating income decreased $861 million, or 30%.
See the section entitled “Segment Results of Operations” for a more in-depth discussion of the revenues, expenses and adjusted operating income/(loss) for each of the Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment segments.

Net Earnings from Continuing Operations Attributable to Viacom
Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom decreased $27 million, or 4%, to $591 million in the quarter, principally due to a higher effective income tax rate and the impact of net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests.
Adjusted net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom decreased $51 million, or 3%, to $1.596 billion in the nine months, principally due to the decline in tax-effected operating income described above, increased interest expense, reflecting higher levels of debt outstanding, and foreign currency exchange losses, partially offset by higher income from equity in net earnings of investee companies and a lower effective income tax rate.
Our effective income tax rate was 31.8% in the quarter and nine months, compared with 30.6% and 32.1% in the quarter and nine months ended June 30, 2014, respectively, excluding the impact of discrete tax items.

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Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations increased $0.05 per diluted share to $1.47 in the quarter principally reflecting fewer shares outstanding. Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations increased $0.21 to $3.91 in the nine months, principally reflecting fewer shares outstanding, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange, which had a $0.09 unfavorable impact.
Adjusted results attributable to Viacom in the quarter ended June 30, 2014 exclude a loss on extinguishment of debt. Including this item, net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom decreased $20 million, or 3%, and diluted EPS from continuing operations increased $0.07.
Adjusted results attributable to Viacom in the nine months ended June 30, 2015 exclude the restructuring and programming charges and the pension settlement loss noted above, as well as discrete taxes. For the nine months ended June 30, 2014 adjusted results attributable to Viacom exclude the loss on extinguishment of debt and discrete taxes. Including these items, net earnings from continuing operations attributable to Viacom decreased $622 million, or 37%, to $1.038 billion and diluted EPS from continuing operations declined $1.19 to $2.54 in the nine months.
Segment Results of Operations
Transactions between reportable segments are accounted for as third-party arrangements for the purposes of presenting segment results of operations. Typical intersegment transactions include the purchase of advertising by the Filmed Entertainment segment on Media Networks’ properties and the purchase of Filmed Entertainment’s feature films exhibition rights by Media Networks.
Media Networks
  
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Better/(Worse)  
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
 
Better/(Worse)  
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
$
 
%
 
2015
 
2014
 
$
 
%
Revenues by Component
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Advertising
$
1,223

 
$
1,249

 
$
(26
)
 
(2
)%
 
$
3,762

 
$
3,698

 
$
64

 
2
 %
Affiliate fees
1,244

 
1,224

 
20

 
2

 
3,522

 
3,404

 
118

 
3

Ancillary
130

 
118

 
12

 
10

 
419

 
405

 
14

 
3

Total revenues by component
$
2,597

 
$
2,591

 
$
6

 

 
$
7,703

 
$
7,507

 
$
196

 
3
 %
Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating
$
944

 
$
907

 
$
(37
)
 
(4
)%
 
$
2,888

 
$
2,636

 
$
(252
)
 
(10
)%
Selling, general and administrative
497

 
527

 
30

 
6

 
1,570

 
1,579

 
9

 
1

Depreciation and amortization
42

 
36

 
(6
)
 
(17
)
 
124

 
108

 
(16
)
 
(15
)
Total expenses
$
1,483

 
$
1,470

 
$
(13
)
 
(1
)%
 
$
4,582

 
$
4,323

 
$
(259
)
 
(6
)%
Adjusted Operating Income
$
1,114

 
$
1,121

 
$
(7
)
 
(1
)%
 
$
3,121

 
$
3,184

 
$
(63
)
 
(2
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Revenues
Worldwide revenues were up slightly at $2.597 billion in the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Excluding an unfavorable 2% impact of foreign exchange, worldwide revenues increased 2% in the quarter. Domestic revenues decreased $71 million, or 3%, to $2.169 billion in the quarter due to lower advertising revenues. International revenues grew 22% to $428 million in the quarter primarily due to the acquisition of Channel 5, partially offset by foreign exchange, which had a 10-percentage point unfavorable impact on international revenues in the quarter.
Worldwide revenues increased $196 million, or 3%, to $7.703 billion in the nine months ended June 30, 2015, driven by higher affiliate fee and advertising revenues. Excluding an unfavorable 1% impact of foreign exchange, worldwide revenues increased 4% in nine months. Domestic revenues decreased $68 million, or 1%, to $6.315 billion in the nine months due to lower advertising revenues partially offset by higher affiliate fee revenues. International revenues grew 23% to $1.388 billion in the nine months primarily due to the acquisition of Channel 5, partially offset by foreign exchange, which had a 10-percentage point unfavorable impact on international revenues in the nine months.

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Advertising
Worldwide advertising revenues decreased $26 million, or 2%, to $1.223 billion in the quarter and increased $64 million, or 2%, to $3.762 billion in the nine months. Domestic advertising revenues decreased 9% in the quarter and 7% in the nine months. While pricing remained essentially flat, softer ratings caused lower audience delivery, reducing impressions and associated revenue. International advertising revenues increased 58% in the quarter and 65% in the nine months, driven by the acquisition of Channel 5, partially offset by the impact of foreign exchange, which had an 11-percentage point and 10-percentage point unfavorable impact on international advertising revenues in the quarter and nine months, respectively.
Affiliate Fees
Worldwide affiliate fee revenues increased $20 million, or 2%, to $1.244 billion in the quarter, and $118 million, or 3%, to $3.522 billion in the nine months, driven by rate increases. Domestic affiliate revenues increased 2% and 5% in the quarter and nine months, respectively. Excluding the impact from the timing of product available under certain distribution agreements, domestic affiliate revenues grew in the mid-single digits. International affiliate revenues decreased 3% and 4% in the quarter and nine months, respectively, principally due to foreign exchange, partially offset by an increase in revenues driven by the launch of new channels and new distribution agreements. Foreign exchange had an 11-percentage point and 10-percentage point unfavorable impact on international affiliate revenues in the quarter and nine months, respectively.
Expenses
Total expenses increased $13 million, or 1%, to $1.483 billion in the quarter and increased $259 million, or 6%, to $4.582 billion in the nine months.
Operating
Operating expenses increased $37 million, or 4%, to $944 million in the quarter and $252 million, or 10%, to $2.888 billion in the nine months.

Programming costs increased $27 million, or 3%, in the quarter and $214 million, or 9%, in the nine months, driven by the acquisition of Channel 5, partially offset by the benefit associated with recent programming charges. Distribution and other expenses increased $10 million, or 10%, in the quarter and $38 million, or 13% in the nine months, principally due to Channel 5 distribution costs.
Selling, General and Administrative
SG&A expenses decreased $30 million, or 6%, to $497 million in the quarter primarily due to lower employee costs, including the benefit of cost savings from our recent restructuring activities, as well as lower incentive compensation.
SG&A expenses decreased $9 million, or 1%, to $1.570 billion in the nine months, driven by the impact of foreign exchange, partially offset by the acquisition of Channel 5.
Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization increased $6 million, or 17%, to $42 million and $16 million, or 15%, to $124 million in the quarter and nine months, respectively, driven by the acquisition of Channel 5.
Adjusted Operating Income
Adjusted operating income decreased $7 million, or 1%, to $1.114 billion in the quarter and decreased $63 million, or 2%, to $3.121 billion in the nine months, reflecting the operating results discussed above and a 1-percentage point unfavorable foreign exchange impact in both the quarter and nine months.


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Filmed Entertainment
 
Quarter Ended  
 June 30,
 
Better/(Worse)
 
Nine Months Ended 
 June 30,
 
Better/(Worse)
(in millions)
2015
 
2014
 
$        
 
%    
 
2015
 
2014
 
$        
 
%    
Revenues by Component
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Theatrical
$
20

 
$
264

 
$
(244
)
 
(92
)%
 
$
394

 
$
652

 
$
(258
)
 
(40
)%
Home entertainment
199

 
284

 
(85
)
 
(30
)
 
709

 
813

 
(104
)
 
(13
)
License fees
214

 
227

 
(13
)
 
(6
)
 
609

 
738

 
(129
)
 
(17
)
Ancillary
46

 
81

 
(35
)
 
(43
)
 
146

 
165

 
(19
)
 
(12
)
Total revenues by component
$
479

 
$
856

 
$
(377
)
 
(44
)%
 
$
1,858

 
$
2,368

 
$
(510
)
 
(22
)%
Expenses
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating
$
328

 
$
685

 
$
357

 
52
 %
 
$
1,550

 
$
2,023

 
$
473

 
23
 %
Selling, general and administrative
90

 
102

 
12

 
12

 
280

 
302

 
22

 
7

Depreciation and amortization
13

 
14

 
1

 
7

 
39

 
51

 
12

 
24

Total expenses
$
431

 
$
801

 
$
370

 
46
 %
 
$
1,869

 
$
2,376

 
$
507

 
21
 %
Adjusted Operating Income/(Loss)
$
48

 
$
55

 
$
(7
)
 
(13
)%
 
$
(11
)
 
$
(8
)
 
$
(3
)
 
(38
)%