WWE and CEO Vince McMahon keep racking up W’s while piledriving Wall Street with a vengeance.
Just for some context: That’s a 3.7X vs. their $1.7B market cap average over the past five years—and a whopping 8.6X above their five-year low of $728.39M.
So why’s the stock’s so high, #WealthGANG? Let’s take a look.
Record Q2 growth
In Q2, WWE reported revenue of $281.6M—a 31% year-over-year jump and 18% above analyst estimates ($239.5M). WWE’s paid subscribers rose 10% to 1.8M, which were in line with earlier projections.
On the digital side, WWE’s digital video views rose 58% in Q2. The total consumption, in terms of digital content, rose 71% to 509M hours, showing a healthy appetite for bodyslams and suplexes.
Crazy lucrative TV deals…
What really helped send the stock surging was McMahon’s ability to score lucrative TV deals with Fox and Comcast/NBC Universal. According to US News, the new deals came out to 3.6 times the value of WWE’s previous TV deal for WWE’s weekly shows “Monday Night Raw” and “SmackDown Live.”
WWE stock skyrocketing again, after news that Fox has agreed to pay to broadcast SmackDown Live. pic.twitter.com/Bl6mcTNFS4
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) May 21, 2018
In other words. The wrestling franchise will increase TV revenues from $270M to over $600M. Just let that simmer for a bit…
Female wrestling viewers?!
WWE’s traditionally focused on male wrestlers, skewing to their male-dominated audience. But that looks like it could change.
Led by former UFC superstar and current WWE Women’s champ Ronda Rousey, the company is staging its first-ever PPV this year in an ambitious attempt to broaden their female audience base.
This event will include over 50 female wrestlers from the “Raw” and “SmackDown” franchises.
— WWE (@WWE) July 24, 2018
— Vickie Guerrero (@VickieGuerrero) July 24, 2018
It’s that feeling where you can’t stop smiling. Incredibly honored and ready to represent the hearts of all little girls worldwide who’ve always wanted to follow their dreams. #Evolution
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) July 24, 2018
Can they keep it up in Q3?
If you ask Wall Street analysts? Then the answer is yes. The suits down at the Street say that these deals will trigger long-term revenue, earnings, and free cash flow growth for WWE.
Specifically, as things stand now, the company will raise its OIBDA (operating income before depreciation and amortization) from $150M to between $160M and $170M for 2018.
For Q3, WWE has an estimated subscriber count of 1.67M with adjusted OIBDA between $30-34M. Not too shabby for a family business. Let’s give a three-count to good ol’ Vinnie Mac, shall we?
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Blockchain, Bitcoin. Bitcoin, blockchain.
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This Mogul Became America’s 1st Black Billion-Dollar Businesswoman
Where to start?
She’s the first black billion-dollar businesswoman. Before Oprah Winfrey.
She started as a TV executive, founding Black Entertainment Television (BET), the first TV network targeting African Americans. She then became a real estate mogul.
Oh, she also owns a stake in three major sports franchises, the NBA Wizards, NHL Capitals and the WNBA Mystics, the African American, period, to boast that claim.
In honor of Black History Month, let’s dive into her remarkable career.
- Born Sheila Crump in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Johnson co-founded BET in 1979 with then-husband Robert Johnson. The couple sold it to Viacom in 2000 for $2.9B
- Sheila Crump Johnson became the first African American woman on the Forbes’ Billionaire list in 2000—beating Oprah Winfrey to the distinction.
- Per Forbes, Johnson has an $820M net worth as of 2019
Foray into real estate…
After closing the sale to Viacom, Robert and Sheila pocketed around $1.5B each. Johnson used that windfall as seed money to build a hospitality real estate empire in 2005.
“There’s a disparity in paychecks between whites and blacks,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I will never forget that.”
As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Sheila controls a spectacular portfolio of six luxury hotels in Florida, Virginia and South Carolina. And she’s built it from the ground up—literally—in her own spirit.
“I’ve been to many hotels, not only in the US, but all over the world,” she told Forbes last year. “And I wanted to find something that was going to really make Salamander stand out beyond all of these hotels.”
So what does that mean?
“You have to understand, there are a lot of people, investment companies, with very deep pockets,” she says. “They can do it, but they don’t have the experiences that we’re able to bring. I am constantly trying to find a way to help Salamander Resort & Spa stand out head over heels above any other hotel — not only in the area, but in the nation.
“I want them to leave that resort wanting to come back and not just say, ‘I’ll be back in six months.’ I want them to come back all the time.”
And so far it’s worked. In fact, on Forbes Travel Guide’s 61st list of Star-Rated hotels, Johnson’s Salamander Resort & Spa outside of Washington, DC earned a Five-Star distinction.
Forbes: “Everything [she] touches turns to gold.”
That’s a real quote. From Forbes. Last year. It’s also true.
BET? Billion-dollar exit. Washington Capitals? Stanley Cup.
And Roma. Won 10 Oscars. Who showed it before a single soul started caring? Johnson’s Middleburg Film Festival. (Which, by the way, has 32 films and counting in Academy Award contention.)
Remember her golf resort at Innisbrook? Oh, yeah. Hosts the Valspar Championship, one of the PGA calendar’s most-anticipated tournaments.
Becoming a billionaire comes with a new level of clout as well. “When you don’t have money, you’re not invited to special events; you really don’t matter,” she told WSJ. “It’s a society thing.”
So instead, she’s turned to giving back. Her Sheila Johnson Fellowship’s paid for more then 40 scholarships at Harvard University for students who otherwise wouldn’t afford to attend.
Breaking glass ceilings.
There’s an alarming statistic in business and diversity—especially as it pertains to women. According to research by investor Richard Kerby, 18% of all VCs are women—and only 3% are black. In addition, less than 50 black women ever have raised $1M in funding.
“When I got started,” Johnson says, “I couldn’t get a loan. I had to use my own money to get Salamander Resort and Spa.”
She explained to WSJ last year that men can go to any bank with a bank proposal. And no matter how “wacky” the idea is, she said, “they’re going to get the financing. Women do not have that ability.”
Johnson’s taken it upon herself to do something about that, becoming one of the founding partners of WE Capital, an investment firm that invests in female entrepreneurs.
“I started out in a very unique position where I had my own capital to be able to get started,” she says. “But there have got to be banks and investors that believe in helping women who want to be entrepreneurs in the hospitality business.
“And it’s just really, really important that they really take a look at this.”
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No matter what metric or list you look at, it goes without saying: New York City is one of the most expensive places in the world to live in.
In this video, CNBC spoke to a Millennial who runs her own brand consulting agency and wants to #WealthHACK her way to retirement by 40.
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