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Discovery (DISCA) to Report Q3 Earnings: What's in Store?

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Discovery (DISCA - Free Report) is set to report third-quarter 2020 results on Nov 5.

For the quarter, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings has decreased a penny to 68 cents per share over the past 30 days. The figure indicates a 21.8% decline from the year-ago reported figure.

The consensus mark for revenues, pegged at $2.51 billion, implies a 6.3% decline from the year-ago reported figure.

Notably, the company’s earnings beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, missing the same in the remaining one, the average surprise being 2.93%.

Discovery, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise


Discovery, Inc. Price and EPS Surprise

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Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Factors to Consider

Discovery’s third-quarter 2020 performance is expected to have benefited from an improved ad-spending environment. The company generates more than 55% of its revenues from advertising. Sequential recovery is expected to have aided Discovery’s top-line growth in to-be-reported quarter.

Discovery is also likely to have gained traction from the growing popularity of Food Network. Further, the increasing availability of its content across linear, digital over-the-top platforms like Hulu and Sling TV is expected to have improved traffic. Strong demand for unscripted content is expected to have aided Dplay.

Moreover, resumption of sporting events globally is expected to have boosted growth for Eurosport, Discovery’s primary sports-oriented linear network.

International revenues are also likely to have got a boost from the U.K. TV Lifestyle business.

However, the bottom-line performance is likely to reflect incremental spending on direct-to-consumer initiatives and International growth efforts during the to-be-reported quarter.

What Our Model Says

Per the Zacks model, the combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the odds of an earnings beat.

Discovery has an Earnings ESP of +1.47% and a Zacks Rank #3. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

Other Stocks to Consider

Here are some other companies worth considering as per our model, these too have the right combination of elements to beat on earnings this reporting cycle:

TEGNA (TGNA - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +15.39% and a Zacks Rank #1. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Lionsgate (LGF.A - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +45.00% and is #2 Ranked.

ViacomCBS (VIAC - Free Report) has an Earnings ESP of +8.23% and a Zacks Rank of 2.

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