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Disney to Nearly Double Investment in Its Parks Business. The Stock Is Falling.

Disney’s DPEP revenue over the last 12 months is $32.3 billion.

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Walt Disney announced plans to nearly double its investment in its parks, experiences, and products segment over the next decade.

Disney (ticker: DIS) said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday that it plans?to accelerate and expand the investment in its Disney Parks Experiences and Products, or DPEP, segment over the course of about 10 years to about $60 billion. This includes investments in its theme parks and cruise lines, the company said.

Disney was the worst performer in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and one of the leading decliners in the S&P 500 on Tuesday, falling 3.1% to $82.43. The stock has dropped 5.1% so far in 2023.

Disney pointed 叠补谤谤辞苍’蝉 to management comments in a blog post Tuesday.

“We’re incredibly mindful of the financial underpinning of the company, the need to continue to grow in terms of bottom line, the need to invest wisely so that we’re increasing the returns on invested capital, and the need to maintain a balance sheet, for a variety of reasons,” Chief Executive Bob Iger said in the post.

“The company is able to absorb those costs and continue to grow the bottom line and look expansively at how we return value and capital to our shareholders,” Iger added.

The media and entertainment company’s DPEP segment generated revenue of $28.7 billion in 2022, up from the prepandemic revenue of $26.8 billion in 2019. The segment’s revenue over the last 12 months was $32.3 billion, Disney said Tuesday.

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Disney sees significant room for land and sea expansion, the company said Tuesday. Disney Parks alone has more than 1,000 acres of land available for possible development. For its cruises,?the plans to nearly double the worldwide capacity of its line, adding two ships in fiscal year 2025 and another in 2026.

This decision comes as the company’s media segment is in focus, amid a dispute with cable company Charter Communications (CHTR) about pricing. Disney also recently said it was open to considering a variety of strategic options for its linear television business.

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