What happened

Shares of TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO) jumped as much as 13.9% higher on Thursday morning, sparked by a strong fourth-quarter report.

So what

This was the second quarterly report to be filed after the old Rovi company merged with TiVo and adopted the acquisition target's more widely known corporate brand.

In the fourth quarter, the new TiVo reported sales of $252 million and $0.08 of earnings per diluted share, based on $9.8 million of unadjusted net income. In the year-ago period, the pre-merger companies saw a combined $261 million in top-line revenues and $26.5 million of bottom-line net income.

Firm handshake in front of a wall of TV screens.

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Now, the results included a lot of merger-related costs. Backing out items such as integration costs, amortization of intangible assets, and stock-based compensation, TiVo's adjusted pre-tax earnings landed at $90.8 million or $0.76 per share. Rovi reported $49 million of adjusted pre-tax income a year ago and TiVo, Inc.'s comparable metric was close to breakeven. From this perspective, the total results already improved a great deal.

Now what

The company also chose to introduce a brand-new dividend policy, with quarterly payouts of $0.18 per share. At current share prices, that works out to a 3.4% annual yield. There's also a share buyback policy, allowing for $150 million of open-market repurchases. It has gotten off to a good start on its new post-merger life. The solid financial results rested on the closing of several high-profile technology licensing deals in the quarter, and management is looking for more of these wins coming up ahead.

This is one of those cases where two plus two equals something more than four. The new TiVo is well equipped to make a difference -- and a good living -- in the increasingly digital world of entertainment and broadcasting.

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