NEW YORK – Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) today provided its 2010 full-year business outlook. The Company expects its 2010 full-year growth rate in Adjusted Diluted Income per Common Share from Continuing Operations (“Adjusted EPS”) to be in the mid-teens, off a 2009 Adjusted EPS base of $1.83.
The outlook above does not include the impact of any future merger or unplanned restructuring charges, the impact from sales and acquisitions of operating assets and investments or the impact of taxes on the above items that may occur from time to time due to management decisions and changing business circumstances. The Company is currently unable to forecast precisely the timing and/or magnitude of any such amounts or events.
Use Of Adjusted Diluted Income Per Common Share From Continuing Operations Measures
Adjusted Diluted Income per Common Share from Continuing Operations (“Adjusted EPS”) is Diluted Income per Common Share from Continuing Operations attributable to Time Warner Inc. common shareholders excluding noncash impairments of goodwill, intangible and fixed assets and investments; gains and losses on sales or dispositions of operating assets, liabilities and investments; external costs related to mergers, acquisitions, investments or dispositions, as well as contingent consideration related to such transactions, to the extent such costs are expensed; amounts related to securities litigation and government investigations; and amounts attributable to businesses classified as discontinued operations, as well as the impact of taxes and noncontrolling interests on the above items. Adjusted EPS is considered an important indicator of the operational strength of the Company’s businesses, as this measure eliminates amounts that do not reflect the fundamental performance of the Company’s businesses. The Company utilizes Adjusted EPS, among other measures, to evaluate the performance of its businesses both on an absolute basis and relative to its peers and the broader market. Many investors also use an adjusted EPS measure as a common basis for comparing the performance of different companies. Some limitations of Adjusted EPS, however, are that it does not reflect certain cash charges that affect the operating results of the Company’s businesses and that it involves judgment as to whether items affect fundamental operating performance. Also, a general limitation of Adjusted EPS is that it is not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to differences in methods of calculation and excluded items.
Adjusted EPS should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, the Company’s Diluted Income per Common Share from Continuing Operations and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.