Walt Disney Co. (NYSE
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Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs also told investors at a Merrill Lynch conference in Pasadena, California that the company could have to write off $100 million in Delta Airlines (NYSE
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Staggs said a charge from the Delta investment "would obviously have a meaningful impact on our results for the quarter and the year."
But he said that Disney was on track to meet its forecast of double-digit overall growth in earnings, excluding the Delta charge, based on the performance of its theme parks and cable networks, including ESPN. Staggs did not specify whether the double-digit forecast, excluding the charge, would apply for the fiscal fourth quarter, the fiscal year or both.
Wall Street analysts on average had expected Disney to post net earnings of 26 cents per share for the current, fiscal fourth quarter and $1.34 per share for the fiscal year, according to Reuters Estimates.