Discovery tops 3Q profit forecasts

The Discovery Communications logo is shown on the exhibit floor during the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Cable Show in Washington.
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The Discovery Communications logo is shown on the exhibit floor during the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) Cable Show in Washington.

Discovery Communications on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $280 million.

On a per-share basis, the Silver Spring, Maryland-based company said it had net income of 41 cents. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were 46 cents per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share.

The operator of cable TV channels such as TLC and Animal Planet posted revenue of $1.57 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Analysts expected $1.59 billion, according to Zacks.

Discovery expects full-year revenue in the range of $6.3 billion to $6.35 billion.

Discovery shares have dropped 61 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased 9 percent. The stock has declined 59 percent in the last 12 months.

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