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November 2, 2011

Contact - Michelle Russo
EVP - Global Communications
+44 20 8811 3592

Third Quarter 2011 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues increased 18% to $1,095 million 
  • Adjusted OIBDA increased 15% to $479 million 
  • Net income from continuing operations increased to $238 million
  • Repurchased 9.8 million shares at an average price of $36.30 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $355 million

Silver Spring, Maryland - November 1, 2011:  Discovery Communications, Inc. ("Discovery" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.  

David Zaslav, Discovery's President and Chief Executive Officer said, "The strength of Discovery's brands and the value of our content to consumers, distributors and advertisers alike were further demonstrated in our third quarter financial results.  The appeal of our programming allowed us to continue to take advantage of the sustained health of the global ad market and further leverage existing and emerging distribution platforms worldwide.  The breadth of our global distribution enables us to capitalize on the increasing penetration of traditional distribution models, while the diversity and appeal of our content allows us to strategically leverage evolving delivery methods.   We remain focused on generating sustained financial results while thoughtfully investing in our brands and platforms so that we can take advantage of new and existing distribution opportunities around the globe."

Third quarter revenues of $1,095 million increased $169 million, or 18%, over the third quarter a year ago, led by 19% growth at U.S. Networks and 19% growth at International Networks.  Adjusted Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization (1) ("OIBDA") grew 15% to $479 million, driven by a 9% increase at U.S. Networks and a 20% increase at International Networks.  The domestic results benefitted from significant additional licensing revenues under an extended and expanded licensing agreement.

Third quarter net income from continuing operations available to Discovery Communications, Inc. stockholders of $238 million ($0.59 per diluted share) increased $77 million compared to $161 million ($0.37 per diluted share) for the third quarter a year ago.  The current quarter results reflect the strong operating performance partially offset by higher taxes.

Free cash flow was $314 million for the third quarter, a decrease of $32 million from the third quarter of 2010, as the increased operating performance was more than offset by higher long-term incentive compensation and tax payments, as well as lower working capital.  Free cash flow is defined as cash provided by operating activities less acquisitions of property and equipment.

Discovery Communications Third Quarter 2011 Results Press Release