ViacomCBS, Inc.

ViacomCBS, Inc.

ViacomCBS, Inc.

Overview
Date Founded

1986

Headquarters

51 W. 52nd Street New York, New York, 10019, United States

Type of Company

Public

Employees (Worldwide)

24K

Industries

Media Conglomerates
Cable, Satellite, and Radio Telecommunications
Publishing
Entertainment

Company Description

CBS Corporation is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand – “the Eye” – one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, TVGN (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate), Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group (CBS Studios International and CBS Television Distribution), CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia.

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Executives & Employees

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Chief Communications Officer & Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer

Chief People Officer & Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President, Controller & Chief Accounting Officer

Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy & Government Relations

Executive Vice President, Government Affairs

Board of Directors

President at National Amusements, Inc.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Hasbro, Inc.

Senior Partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

President & Chief Executive Officer at Cane Investments LLC

President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at ViacomCBS, Inc.

Former Vice Chairman, Investment Banking at Barclays Capital, Inc.

Former Corporate Executive Officer at Sony Corporation of America

Former Chief Executive Officer, President & Chief Operating Officer at Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Founder at Griego Enterprises, Inc.

Former Vice Chairman, Investment Banking at Credit Suisse Group AG

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Owners & Shareholders
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The Baupost Group employs a value-oriented, multi-strategy investment approach that seeks to invest their capital to achieve attractive risk-adjusted returns over an extended period of time. The firm seek to invest in assets which are undervalued relative to their market price. The Baupost Group invest, either directly or indirectly, in securities and other assets that have some or all of the following characteristics: (1) they are currently out-of-favor, but have good prospects (2) they sell at a significant discount to underlying economic value (3) they have catalysts in place for the realization of underlying value (4) they are highly complex (5) they are somewhat or highly illiquid and (6) they sell at prices below what would reasonably be expected due to market imperfections and inefficiencies, including but not limited to temporary supply demand imbalances, information gaps, and selling pressures. They invest across a range of financial instruments, asset classes and geographic regions. Investments may include securities and assets of all types, including, but not limited to, stock (common, preferred and convertible), warrants, options, swaps, trade claims, bank debt, bonds, other debt instruments including self-originated loans, currency, futures, derivatives, commodities, contract rights, royalty interests, non-US securities and other assets (including in emerging markets), structured investment vehicles, secured and unsecured instruments, ABS, CMBS, RMBS, real estate and related instruments, other complex financial instruments and rights and distressed assets. Securities may be listed or traded on domestic or non-US exchanges or other trading networks (including OTC markets), as well as securities that are unlisted and trade infrequently or not at all.

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GCM's investment process focuses on deep, fundamental research and individual security selection primarily within equity and credit-oriented strategies. The firm employs a GARP investment approach that focuses on companies in stable industries, with recurring revenue streams or entrenched market positions. GCM may also focus on contrarian investments (cyclical or company specific). They often combine GARP and contrarian investing when a steady growth business emerges within a company as the dominant economic force over a more challenged business unit. GCM invests in stored or hidden value situations, where excess balance sheet capacity may be used to accelerate returns or where contractual rights or startup operations show no present value but may be significant drivers of value tomorrow. In addition to long equity investments, GCM commits significant capital to short equity positions. They look for companies whose industries face cyclical, transitory or secular headwinds, whose competitive position is likely to erode over the near- to medium-term, and companies whose liquidity profile will potentially create equity value impairment or cause future issuance of additional equity at lower prices. GCM may also maintain short positions in equity index futures or other index products to reduce net market risk. The firm also engages in long and short credit positions with emphasis on business or asset stability over growth. They may seek to reduce the risk through other hedges that protect the overall portfolio of the Funds, including interest rates, foreign currencies or sovereign, corporate or asset-backed credit spreads.

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Paulson's investment strategies are all based on the same underlying investment philosophy of capital preservation and low correlation to the broad markets. They perform fundamental and legal analysis on investments, including reviews of company financials and review of legal documentation related to proposed investment opportunities. The firm's products are provided through collective investment vehicles, including both domestic partnerships and offshore private investment companies, and separately managed accounts that deploy all or a subset of the firm's investment strategies. Paulson's investment objective is to achieve positive excess returns through trading the securities and/or derivatives thereon of companies that are the subject of proposed changes in corporate structure or control such as tender offers, mergers, spin-offs, proxy contests, liquidations, recapitalizations, restructurings and bankruptcy reorganizations.

Recent Transactions
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ViacomCBS, Inc., Viacom International Media Networks purchase Ananey Communications Ltd.

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ViacomCBS, Inc. purchases Miramax Film NY LLC from Al Jazeera Media Network

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ViacomCBS, Inc. purchases Viacom, Inc.

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Transaction Advisors
Legal Advisor

Advised onViacomCBS, Inc. purchases Viacom, Inc.

Investment Advisor

Advised onViacomCBS, Inc. purchases CNET Networks, Inc.

Legal Advisor

Advised onCedar Fair Entertainment Company purchases Paramount Parks, Inc. from ViacomCBS, Inc.

Counsel

Advised onCedar Fair Entertainment Company purchases Paramount Parks, Inc. from ViacomCBS, Inc.

Co-Chair, Personal Representation Department

Advised onViacomCBS, Inc. purchases Viacom, Inc.

Investment Advisor

Advised onViacomCBS, Inc. purchases Viacom, Inc.

Advisors & Consultants
Legal Advisor

Co-Managing Partner at Sidley Austin LLP

Legal Advisor

Co-Chair, Litigation Practice Group at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Legal Advisor

Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School

Clients

Reliance Industries Ltd. engages in hydrocarbon exploration and production, petroleum refining and marketing, petrochemicals, retail, and telecommunications. It operates through the following business segments: Refining, Petrochemicals, Oil and Gas, Organised Retail, Digital Services, and Others. The Refining segment includes the production and marketing operations of the petroleum products. The Petrochemicals segment refers to the manufacture and marketing operations of petrochemical products. Oil and Gas segment consists of exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The Organised Retail segment comprises of organized retail business. The Digital Services segment refers to provision of digital services. The Others segment engages in Media, SEZ development, and textile business. The company was founded by Dhirubhai Hirachand Ambani in 1966 and is headquartered in Mumbai, India.

Netflix, Inc. is a streaming entertainment service company, which provides subscription service streaming movies and television episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. It operates through the following segments: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming and Domestic DVD. The Domestic Streaming segment derives revenues from monthly membership fees for services consisting solely of streaming content to its members in the United States. The International Streaming segment includes fees from members outside the United States. The Domestic DVD segment covers revenues from services consisting solely of DVD-by-mail. The company was founded by Marc Randolph and Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr., on August 29, 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA.

Liberty Media Corp. engages in the operation media, communications, and entertainment businesses. It operates through the SIRIUS XM Holdings and Formula 1 segments. The SIRIUS XM Holdings segment operates two audio entertainment businesses, Sirius XM and Pandora. Sirius M features music, sports, entertainment, comedy, talk, news, traffic, weather channels, and infotainment services. Pandora provides music, comedy, and podcast streaming discovery platform. The Formula 1 segment refers to a global motorsports business that holds exclusive commercial rights with respect to the World Championship, an annual, motor race-based competition. The company was founded on March 28, 1991 and is headquartered in Englewood, CO.

Key Stats and Financials As of 2019
Market Capitalization
$10.6B
Total Enterprise Value
$46.5B
Earnings Per Share
$5.36
Revenue
$27.8B
Total Equity
$13.5B
Net Profit
$3.31B
EBITDAMargin
62.91%
Enterprise Value Sales
1.67x
Enterprise Value EBITDAOperating
2.53x
TEVNet Income
14.06x
Debt TEV
0.45x
Total Debt
$20.9B
EBITDA
$17.5B
Three Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
28.31%
Five Year Compounded Annual Growth Rate Of Revenue
15.04%
Non-Profit Donations & Grants
Political Donations
$1,000
2014
$27.2K
2013
$1,000
2013
Investments
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TargetSpot, Inc. provides online radio advertising platform services. It connects to national brands, regional, and local advertisers to highly engaged Internet and mobile audiences with high-impact audio, display and pre-roll video advertising. The company was founded by Douglas Perlson in 2007 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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iBiquity Digital Corp. develops high definition radio broadcast technology. The firm's partners include electronics manufacturers, semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers and automakers and retailers and wireless data service providers. The company was founded by Robert J. Struble in 1998 and is headquartered in Columbia, MD.

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TextDigger, Inc. provides semantic search, navigation and optimization solutions. It provides its solutions for content creation, curation platform, ad networks, delivery agents, content networks, publishers and content aggregators. The company was founded by Timothy E. Musgrove in 2005 and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

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Co-Founder at Index Ventures SA

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Investor at Clarifai, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Kano Computing Ltd.

Suppliers
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. News & Digital Content | New York, New York

TFCF Corp. is a media company, which engages in television broadcasting and film production. It operates through the following segments: Cable Network Programming; Television; Filmed Entertainment; and Other, Corporate and Eliminations. The Cable Network Programming segment consists of the production and licensing of pragramming distributed primarily through cable television systems, direct broadcast satellite operators, telecommunication companies, and online video distributors. The Television segment includes the broadcasting of networking programming in the U.S and the operation of broadcast television stations, including duopolies in the U.S. The Filmed Entertainment segment refers to the production and acquisition of live-action and animated motion pictures for distribution and licensing in all formats in all entertainment media worldwide, and the production and licensing of television programming worldwide. The Other, Corporate and Eliminations segment encompasses the corporate overhead costs and intercompany eliminations. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

SL Green Realty Corp. Trusts & Funds | New York, New York

SL Green Realty Corp. operates as a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, management and operation of commercial and residential real estate properties. It operates through the Real Estate, and Debt and Preferred Equity Investments business segments. The Real Estate segment consists of security, maintenance, utility costs, real estate taxes, and at certain properties ground rent expense. The Debt and Preferred Equity Investments segment includes cash flow from operations, cash on hand, and other forms of secured or unsecured financing. The company was founded by Stephen L. Green in June 1997 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. Internet Software & Services | Santa Monica, CA

2012 was a transformative year for Lionsgate as the Company acquired Summit Entertainment in January 2012 and launched the global blockbuster THE HUNGER GAMES franchise in March 2012, emerging as a content leader in the world marketplace. The successes of the past year were the result of Lionsgate’s 12-year growth strategy in which the Company used a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions to assemble the building blocks for long-term success. Lionsgate is a far different company today than it was a few short years ago, although it remains committed to the low overhead, cost discipline, entrepreneurial business models and niche focus that have been signatures of its growth over the years

Competitors
Facebook, Inc. Internet Software & Services - Menlo Park, CA

Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. The company engages in the development of social media applications for people to connect through mobile devices, personal computers, and other surfaces. It enables users to share opinions, ideas, photos, videos, and other activities online. The firm's products include Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Oculus. The company was founded by Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris R. Hughes, Andrew McCollum, and Eduardo P. Saverin on February 4, 2004 and is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA.

Netflix, Inc. Entertainment - Los Gatos, CA

Netflix, Inc. is a streaming entertainment service company, which provides subscription service streaming movies and television episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. It operates through the following segments: Domestic Streaming, International Streaming and Domestic DVD. The Domestic Streaming segment derives revenues from monthly membership fees for services consisting solely of streaming content to its members in the United States. The International Streaming segment includes fees from members outside the United States. The Domestic DVD segment covers revenues from services consisting solely of DVD-by-mail. The company was founded by Marc Randolph and Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr., on August 29, 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, CA.

Amazon.com, Inc. Retail: Other - Seattle, Washington

Amazon.com, Inc. engages in the provision of online retail shopping services. It operates through the following business segments: North America, International, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). The North America segment includes retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through North America-focused websites such as www.amazon.com and www.amazon.ca. The International segment offers retail sales of consumer products and subscriptions through internationally-focused websites. The Amazon Web Services segment involves in the global sales of compute, storage, database, and AWS service offerings for start-ups, enterprises, government agencies, and academic institutions. The company was founded by Jeffrey P. Bezos in July 1994 and is headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Awards & Honors
Rank #203
2016
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 1000 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
Rank #203
2016
Fortune Magazine - Fortune 500 Companies
Sponsored by Fortune Magazine
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