It seems that the tremendous number of moving parts at Cablevision
Let's review the bidding on Cablevision's near-term history, starting on Wednesday. The company released its June quarter results that day, including income of $317.4 million, or $1.08 a share, vs. $14.6 million, or a nickel a share last year. But a better way to look at the results is to focus on operating income, which backs out the effects of special items, including the lucrative asset sales in the quarter. That line increased 30% year over year to $208.4 million, from $159.7 million.
At the same time, management, led by CEO James Dolan, reduced some of its guidance for the year. For instance, revenues are now expected to grow by about 11% in 2007, rather than the previously anticipated mid-teens percentage. And growth in the number of customers generating revenues is projected to come in between 825,000 and 900,000 for the year -- down from the prior 850,000-950,000 estimate.
You also probably know that the Dolan family is somewhere in the process -- they wouldn't say precisely where during their conference call -- of buying the shares in Cablevision they don't already own for $36.26 a share. That's higher than the amounts offered late last year and early in 2007, but lower than some observers think is justified. The buyout still must pass the muster of an as-yet-unscheduled shareholder vote.
All this is occurring against a backdrop of concern about increasing competition from telephone operator Verizon's
So it seems there could be something of a slowing of growth at Cablevision. But, I have two questions here for astute, cable-investing Fools: Would it have been realistic to expect the phenomenal growth at Cablevision -- and at industry leaders Comcast
Whatever your answers on my two-question quiz, I continue to think it'd be most unwise for Fools to jump into the Cablevision fray at this point.
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