Discovery Communications is a global mass media and entertainment company dedicated to satisfying curiosity through worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery. The Company is also a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3.

Silver Spring, US
Size (employees)
7,000 (est)
Discovery Communications was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Silver Spring, US
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Key People/Management at Discovery Communications

Robert Miron

Robert Miron

S. Anstrom

S. Anstrom

Former President
Robert Beck

Robert Beck

Independent Financial Consultant
Robert Bennett

Robert Bennett

Managing Director
Paul Gould

Paul Gould

Managing Director and Executive Vice President
Kenneth Lowe

Kenneth Lowe

Former Chairman, President and CEO
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Discovery Communications Office Locations

Discovery Communications has offices in Singapore, Silver Spring, London, Warsaw and in 7 other locations
Silver Spring, US (HQ)
One Discovery Place
Atlanta, US
200 5555 Glenridge Dr
Charlotte, US
245 4201 Congress St
Chicago, US
3000 Equitable Building 401 N Michigan Ave
Los Angeles, US
1500 10100 Santa Monica Blvd
New York, US
850 3rd Ave
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Discovery Communications Financials and Metrics

Discovery Communications Financials

Discovery Communications's revenue was reported to be $6.87 b in FY, 2017

Revenue (Q1, 2018)

2.3 b

Net income (Q1, 2018)

3 m

EBIT (Q1, 2018)

204 m

Market capitalization (15-May-2018)

12 b

Closing share price (15-May-2018)


Cash (31-Mar-2018)

812 m
Discovery Communications's current market capitalization is $12 b.
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


5.5 b6.3 b6.4 b6.5 b6.9 b

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

1.7 b2.1 b2.3 b2.4 b

Gross profit

3.8 b4.1 b4.1 b4.1 b
USDQ3, 2013Q1, 2014Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q1, 2018


1.4 b1.4 b1.5 b1.7 b1.6 b1.6 b1.7 b1.6 b1.6 b1.7 b2.3 b

Sales and marketing expense

665 m689 m687 m814 m699 m687 m813 m670 m687 m805 m1 b

General and administrative expense

379 m409 m400 m430 m394 m408 m400 m419 m415 m389 m609 m

Operating expense total

876 m977 m1.1 b1.1 b1.1 b1.1 b1.1 b1.1 b1.1 b1.1 b2.1 b
usdY, 2009Y, 2010Y, 2011Y, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017


623 m466 m1 b1.2 b408 m367 m390 m300 m7.3 b


281 m275 m346 m397 m

Current Assets

2.4 b2.5 b2.6 b2.6 b10 b


514 m554 m488 m482 m597 m
USDQ3, 2013Q1, 2014Q2, 2014Q3, 2014Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q1, 2018


439 m757 m372 m376 m321 m232 m262 m333 m185 m224 m267 m206 m812 m

Current Assets

2.4 b2.7 b2.6 b2.6 b2.5 b2.5 b2.7 b2.7 b2.5 b2.7 b2.6 b2.8 b4.5 b


492 m522 m538 m525 m534 m509 m500 m466 m455 m464 m504 m514 m928 m


7.3 b7.4 b8.1 b8.3 b8.2 b8.2 b8.2 b8.2 b8.2 b8.2 b8.1 b8.1 b
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016FY, 2017

Net Income

1.1 b1.1 b1 b1.2 b(313 m)

Depreciation and Amortization

330 m

Accounts Payable

265 m

Cash From Operating Activities

1.3 b1.3 b1.3 b1.4 b1.6 b
USDQ3, 2013Q1, 2014Q2, 2014Q3, 2014Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q1, 2018

Net Income

787 m231 m615 m902 m250 m539 m822 m269 m684 m909 m221 m601 m3 m

Depreciation and Amortization

190 m83 m158 m243 m81 m163 m243 m79 m159 m239 m80 m160 m193 m

Accounts Payable

(171 m)

Cash From Operating Activities

930 m241 m473 m893 m63 m394 m652 m62 m391 m827 m255 m443 m160 m
USDY, 2018

Financial Leverage

3.6 x
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Discovery Communications Operating Metrics

FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


40 40 40

Subscribers (Discovery Channel)

277 m310 m321 m

Subscribers (Science Channel)

82 m91 m95 m

Subscribers (TLC)

311 m347 m332 m
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Discovery Communications Acquisitions / Subsidiaries

Acquired CompanyDateDeal Size
Scripps Networks Interactive July 31, 2017$14.60 b
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Discovery Communications News and Updates

Discovery Communications Is Headed In The Same Direction As Most Of The Media Industry: Away From Advertising

Discovery is long on licensing revenue. The company’s $14.6B acquisition of Scripps in 2018 was aimed at building Discovery’s arsenal of original content with distribution revenue and future streaming efforts in mind. With the deal, Discovery gained properties focused on unscripted programming like …
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