How Much Is Disney Worth?

Disney will launch its new streaming service later this year.
  • Disney (DIS) announced its new streaming service, Disney+, is scheduled for release later this year.
  • Disney’s earnings per share beat Wall Street estimates earlier this year, and the Disney+ news caused a significant stock boost on April 12.
  • Based on Disney’s revenue and profits from the last three years, Disney’s net worth is nearly $130 billion.
  • Disney, one of the biggest media companies in the world, has been bringing the magic of animation to families since the 1920s both on and beyond the movie screen. Magic Kingdom, the main theme park at Disney World and one of the most popular U.S. tourist attractions, draws in more than 20 million visitors each year.

    The Walt Disney Company announced on April 11 that its new streaming service, Disney+, is scheduled for release on Nov. 12 this year. The announcement prompted Disney stock to soar over 10% on April 12. Encouraging news, but here are some other figures to help investors decide if they should back the happiest stock on Earth.

    What Disney Is Worth
    Disney Share Price, 52-Week Range $97.68-$120.20
    Disney Market Cap, 52-Week Range $145.6B-$179.2B
    2018 Revenue $59.4B
    2018 Profit $12.6B
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    Disney Net Worth
    All information on 52-week range accurate as of April 12, 2019.
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    About Disney
    Headquarters Burbank, Calif.
    Year Founded 1923
    CEO Robert Iger Salary $2.5 million

    Disney’s Earnings Report for Q1 2019

    On Feb. 5, 2019, Disney reported earnings per share of $1.84, which beat Wall Street estimates, and revenue of $15.3 billion during its first quarter 2019 earnings report. Disney stock rose 2 percent during after-hours trading.

    Disney’s Market Cap Range: $145.6B-$179.2B

    Market capitalization is determined by the total dollar value of a company’s outstanding shares, which helps investors determine the relative size of a company. Disney’s range, with a difference of about $34 billion between the lowest and highest values, reflects relative market stability, but its uptick in revenue in 2018 likely means positive gains for investors.

    Learn About: Disney’s Bob Iger and Others Who Went From Entry Level to CEO

    Disney’s Net Worth: $128.8B

    Market caps offer a clear view of what the market values a company at, but that value is also susceptible to change on an almost-hourly basis due to external market forces and investors fighting over the value of shares.

    In an effort to bypass market volatility, the GOBankingRates Evaluation calculates a company’s net worth based on recent annual reports of income and profit, while also taking into consideration its assets and liabilities.

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    Based on Disney’s revenue and profits from the last three years, Disney’s net worth is nearly $130 billion.

    Disney stock has seen been both stasis and turbulence since 2015. Share prices have consistently remained between $90 to $120, but with sudden downturns, including a lower share concentration in 2016. One of its more noticeable drops in share value occurred in May 2018 after a disappointing showing for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” translated into share devaluation. However, Disney’s 2018 income statement revealed a reason to smile: Noticeable gains in both profit and revenue, perhaps breaking its witch’s spell of market stagnancy.

    Netflix and Comcast Challenge the Mouse

    Dark clouds formed over the magic kingdom in the form of Netflix. In May 2018, the streaming giant surpassed Disney in market value.

    Still, that bump in share value following the Disney+ news might give Netflix investors pause, especially as Disney’s streaming service will cost less than the streaming giant’s most popular plans. Still, Netflix shares are still seen as much more valuable by the market’s assessment, and they’ve been doing well at exceeding subscriber growth goals.

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    Disney’s Founders and Investors

    Walt Disney started the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923 with his brother Roy, who suggested the name Walt Disney Studio. “Steamboat Willy,” the first media production starring the iconic rodent Mickey Mouse, debuted shortly after in 1928.

    The studio’s first feature-length animated film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” premiered in 1937, and was followed by dozens of Disney movies in the decades since. In 1940, Walt Disney Productions introduced its first stock.

    Bob Iger poses for a picture with a person in costume as Mickey Mouse
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    As of 2017, the Walt Disney Company employs 195,000 employees who operate in 45 countries. It was also named one of LinkedIn’s top companies of 2017. Mary Barra, the first woman CEO of GM Motors and one of the few women to ever head a Fortune 500 company, sits on Disney’s board of directors. If the deal with 21st Century Fox goes through, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his family will become Disney’s second-biggest shareholders behind the large mutual fund Vanguard.

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    Methodology: The GOBankingRates Evaluation assesses a company’s net worth based on the company’s total assets, total liabilities, and revenue and net income from the last three years. Base value is established by subtracting total liabilities from total assets from the company’s last full fiscal year. Income value is established by taking the average of the revenue from the last three full fiscal years, 10 times the average of the net profits from the last three full fiscal years, and then calculating the average of those two figures. The final GOBankingRates Evaluation number is the sum of the base value and the income value.

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Sean joined the GOBankingRates team in 2018, bringing with him several years of experience with both military and collegiate writing and editing experience. Sean’s first foray into writing happened when he enlisted in the Marines, with the occupational specialty of combat correspondent. He covered military affairs both in garrison and internationally when he deployed to Afghanistan. After finishing his enlistment, he completed his BA in English at UC Berkeley, eventually moving to Southern California.

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