Discovery, Scripps Report Q2 Earnings

Numbers come out same day the companies announce merger

While making the announcement that Discovery Communications had agreed to buy Scripps Networks Interactive, the two companies released second- quarter financial results.

Discovery said its second-quarter net income dropped 8% to $374 million. The company attributed the downturn to currency fluctuations, losses from equity and solar investments. Earnings per share were 64 cents, down from 66 cents a year ago.

Revenue at Discovery rose 2% to $1.745 billion.

At Discovery’s U.S. networks, operating income rose 4% to $567 million. Revenue rose 2% to $890 million.

Distribution revenue was up 4%, while ad revenue hit $472 million, flat versus $471 million a year ago.

Scripps Networks Interactive’s preliminary results for the second quarter shows income from operations before income taxes were $400.8 million, up 20.8%.

Read more at B&C.