Fairfax Media Limited (FXJ)

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General Information
Company Name: Fairfax Media Limited
Stock Code: FXJ
Website: www.fxj.com.au
GICS Sub-Industry: Publishing
Market Cap ($M): 1,870
Equiv. Shares (M): 2,352

Current Price Data+
Current Price Open High Low Last Close Volume Price Movement
 $ 0.780 $ 0.795 $ 0.810 $ 0.780 $ 0.795 2,524,454 $ -0.015  -1.887 %

Current Broker Consensus Recommendation more
Recommendation: Sell (4)
Recommendation Date: 17th Sep 2014
Brokers Surveyed: 3

Company Overview

Business Description:
Fairfax Media Limited (FXJ) is a multi-platform media group with a range of activities including publishing of news, information and entertainment, advertising sales in newspaper, magazine and online formats, and radio broadcasting.

Strategy Analysis:
FXJ aims is to transform the business to achieve sustainable revenue growth by moving from an old media type organisation reliant on the printing press to the delivery of digital content through a multitude of new channels Fairfax Media reported NPAT of $386.3m for the half-year ended 30 December 2012. Revenues from ordinary activities were $1.1bn, up 7.1% from the same period last year. Basic and Diluted EPS was 16.4 cents compared to 4.1 cents last year. Net operating cash flow was $69.37m compared to $131.43m last year. The interim dividend declared was 1.0 cent compared with 2.0 cents last year.

Financial Summary
Year to Jun NPAT EPS EPS chg (%) PER DPS Yield (%) Franking (%)
2016  F 136.0 5.8 -7.1 13.8 4.5 5.7 100.0
2015  F 146.4 6.2 -6.7 12.8 4.5 5.7 100.0
2014  A 157.8 6.7 22.5 10.8 4.0 5.6 100.0
Source: Morningstar analyst estimates.

Peer Comparison
EPS Growth (%) P/E (%) Dividend Yield (%)
Company Mkt Cap 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F 2014 A 2015 F 2016 F
APN (APN) $854 M -- -0.1835 0.0484 9.6400 11.8065 11.2619 0.00 0.00 1.81
Fairfax Media (FXJ) $1,929 M -- -0.1162 -0.0253 12.2206 13.8280 14.1869 4.88 4.88 5.49
Seven West Media (SWM) $1,669 M -0.1546 -0.0423 -0.0519 8.3043 8.6708 9.1457 7.19 5.81 5.77

Market Comparison
Earnings P/E Ratio P/B Ratio P/E Growth P/S Ratio
FXJ 1.30 12.2 0.94 10.00 1.01
Market 0.94 15.6 1.28 1.74 1.56
Sector 1.12 12.6 1.64 3.17 1.21

Name Position Start Date
Mr Gregory Colin Hywood Chief Executive Officer,Managing Director 04 October 2010
Mr Roger Campbell Corbett Non-Executive Chairman 04 February 2003
Mr Jack J Cowin Non-Executive Director 19 July 2012
Mr Michael Edward Anderson Non-Executive Director 02 September 2010
Mrs Linda Bardo Nicholls Non-Executive Director 26 February 2010
Ms Sandra Veronica McPhee Non-Executive Director 26 February 2010
Mr Peter Francis Young Non-Executive Director 16 September 2005
Mr James Morrison Millar Non-Executive Director 01 July 2012
Mr Todd Sampson Non-Executive Director 29 May 2014
Mr James Todd Sampson Non-Executive Director 29 May 2014

Name Position
David Housego Chief Financial Officer
Gail Iris Hambly Company Secretary
Allen Williams Managing Director, Australian Publishing Media

Substantial Shareholders
Holding Name
186,558,910 (7.89%) Maple Brown Abbott Limited
117,713,482 (4.98%) Dimensional Entities
118,872,757 (5.03%) Vinva Investment Management
164,869,006 (6.98%) National Australia Bank Limited Group
118,279,205 (5.00%) SAS Trustee Corporation
149,340,606 (6.32%) Ausbil Dexia Limited
3,554,783 (0.15%) Gutenberg Investments Pty Ltd
117,884,540 (4.99%) IOOF Holdings Limited
268,884,017 (11.38%) Allan Gray Australia Pty Ltd
352,455,664 (14.91%) Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd

Calendar of Events
Date Event
13 August 2015 Report (Prelim)
19 February 2015 Report (Interim)
06 November 2014 AGM
03 October 2014 Report (Annual)
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