Theme parks, Frozen and Star Wars lead Disney to beat Q2 earnings predictions

by Tom Anstey | 06 May 2015

The Walt Disney Company has beaten analyst estimates for its second quarter earnings, led by growth at its theme parks along with the continued success of the Frozen and Star Wars IPs.

On the stock market, earnings for Disney totalled a US$1.23 (€1.08, £0.81) per share increase over the quarter – significantly higher than the US$1.10 (€0.97, £0.72) predicted by market experts. Sales for the period rose 7 per cent to US$12.5bn (€11bn, £8.2bn), higher than the projection of US$12.3bn (€1.8bn, £8bn).

Ticket prices breaking the US$100 mark in Floridaalong with price increases in California played their part in a 24 per cent rise in profit for the quarter. In addition, Frozen merchandise sales in-and-out of Disney theme parks drove consumer sales up a massive 32 per cent for the period. Profit for Disney’s theme park division for the quarter expanded to US$566m (€498.8m, £370.5m), with a 13 per cent rise in sales.

The release of the Star Wars trailer also helped, with Disney’s share value jumping US$2bn immediately following the teaser’s release. Aside from the recently released Avengers:Age of Ultron, Disney also has a number of other blockbusters in the pipeline this year, including Ant Man and Pixar’s Inside Out.

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The Walt Disney Company has beaten analyst estimates for its second quarter earnings, led by growth at its theme parks along with the continued success of the Frozen and Star Wars IPs. On the stock market, earnings for Disney totalled a US$1.23 (€1.08, £0.81) per share increase over the quarter – significantly higher than the US$1.10 (€0.97, £0.72) predicted by market experts. Sales for the period rose 7 per cent
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Disney's theme park division, along with the <i>Frozen</i> and <i>Star Wars</i> IPs, were credited largely for the success / Disney
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