Thursday, October 25, 2012

Disney: A Wide-Moat Stock For Your Porfolio

"In business, I look for economic castles protected by unbreachable 'moats.'" In other words, Buffett invests in companies with durable competitive advantages--companies like Disney (NYSE: DIS).

Disney's Media Networks segment (46%) is made up of international and domestic cable networks and its broadcasting business. The networks include ESPN, Disney Channels Worldwide, and ABC Family--plus 42.1% ownership in A&E, Lifetime Television, and the History Channel. The majority of sales from this segment come from ESPN.

Disney's Parks & Resorts segment (29%) is made up of Disney themed parks and resorts in Florida, California, Hawaii, and partial interests of parks and resorts in Paris (51%), Hong Kong (47%), and Shanghai (43%). This segment also includes three ships for its Disney Cruises.

Disney's Studio Entertainment segment (16%) "produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays" (Disney 2011 annual report). This segment includes Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar and Marvel-branded films.

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