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Cumulus Media: Q1 Ad Revenue Declines Accelerate
Thu, May 5, 4:08 PM
Thu, Mar. 10, 4:18 PM
- Cumulus Media (CMLS +9.5%) managed to beat revenue expectations in Q4 results despite sales that fell in every segment.
- “Our continued underperformance in the fourth quarter underscores the amount of work required to address the significant challenges that we face," says CEO Mary Berner. "However, by quickly establishing and beginning to implement our operational turnaround initiatives ... we believe that, with time, we can stabilize the business and ultimately provide a foundation for growth.”
- Revenue by segment: Broadcast advertising, $290.4M (down 0.5%); Digital advertising, $10M (down 42.7%); political advertising, $2.3M (down 78.3%); License fees and other, $6.1M (down 34.8%).
- In its largest segment, broadcast advertising drew $171.5M in local revenues (down 0.6%), $24.9M in national (down 10.5%), and $94M in Network (up 2.8%).
- Conference call to come at 4:30 p.m. ET.
- Press Release
Tue, Jan. 5, 11:38 AM
- Nielsen Holdings (NYSE:NLSN) is up 0.8% as radio broadcaster Cumulus Media (CMLS +1.9%), along with its Westwood One, have signed a deal to use Nielsen's Voter Ratings at Cumulus stations during this election year.
- The deal will provide Cumulus and Westwood One with information for optimizing ad inventory across 18 of Nielsen's Portable People Meter markets
- Nielsen's Voter Ratings offering combines the PPM ratings info with its voter category breakouts.
- Nielsen offers political ratings in the country's top 48 audio metros.
Dec. 31, 2015, 10:05 AM
- Cumulus Media (CMLS +2%) has wrapped a discounted prepayment on part of its $1.9B loan facility, after paying $50M to buy $64.9M of face value in the deal.
- The company paid a 23% discount to par value on the senior secured term loan, which is due December 2020.
- It will take a non-operating gain of about $14.9M in Q4 earnings on the deal, which closed today. Cumulus will save about $2.75M in interest per year with the move.
Nov. 5, 2015, 7:19 PM
- Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) stock fell off the table tonight, down 18.6% after a market-hours decline of 8.1%, as it posted a Q3 report where revenues slipped and missed expectations.
- That revenue, $289.4M (-7.8%), was dwarfed by a $565.6M impairment charge the company took against intangible assets and goodwill.
- Adjusted EBITDA fell 11.5% to $70.6M, which missed an expected $77M.
- New CEO Mary Berner admitted facing a challenge at a company where turnover crested 40% (mostly voluntary). "Despite Cumulus' recent challenges, my early experiences have reinforced my appreciation for the strength of the Company's aggregate assets, including its people," she said in a statement.
- Revenue by segment: Broadcast advertising, $275.3M (down 4.3%); Digital advertising, $8.2M (down 35.4%); Political advertising, $621K (down 85.7%); License fees and other, $5.4M (down 41.7%).
- Previously: Cumulus Media gets price noncompliance notice from Nasdaq (Nov. 05 2015)
Nov. 5, 2015, 3:12 PM
- After 30 days trading under $1/share, Cumulus Media (CMLS -4.6%) has gotten a deficiency notice from Nasdaq saying it's not in compliance with its minimum bid price rule for Global Select Market.
- The move means the company has until May 2 to regain compliance with 10 straight days of a bid price closing at $1 or more, or risk delisting.
Oct. 26, 2015, 2:08 PM
- Radio broadcaster Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) is off 9.3% and setting a new 52-week low as Macquarie downgrades the shares.
- The firm cut its rating on Cumulus to Neutral.
- Shares have lost 84% YTD after trading at $4.31 in January.
- The company will release Q3 results after the close on Thursday, Nov. 5, and hold a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET that day.
- Previously: Cumulus Media names director Berner new CEO (Sep. 29 2015)
- Previously: Cumulus, Rdio offering simulcasts of 500 stations (Aug. 12 2015)
Sep. 29, 2015, 4:26 PM
- Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) -- which declined suddenly heading into the close, -8.5% -- has named Mary Berner its CEO, effective Oct. 13.
- She succeeds Lew Dickey, who's staying on the board as vice chairman.
- Berner joined the Cumulus board in May and most recently was CEO of industry association MPA (the Association of Magazine Media). Previously, she had been CEO of Reader's Digest Association and Fairchild Publications.
- "Mary is a proven executive, with over 30 years of experience in media driving results in multi-platform advertising and content driven businesses," says Chairman Jeffrey Marcus. Marcus is also a partner at Crestview Partners, manager of funds that own 27% of Cumulus stock.
Jun. 18, 2015, 5:36 PM
Mar. 19, 2015, 3:18 PM
- Cumulus Media (CMLS -14.6%) sinks to a 52-week low as sentiment remains weak on the broadcaster ever since it reported Q4 results earlier in the month.
- Content costs rose 55% during the last quarter to easily outpace the 20% revenue growth the company struck.
- Previously: Cumulus Media misses by $0.07, misses on revenue (March 2)
- Previously: Cumulus short of Q4 expectations despite revenue growth (March 2)
Mar. 19, 2015, 12:47 PM
Mar. 3, 2015, 12:45 PM
Feb. 24, 2015, 6:39 PM
- Sandell Asset Management is reportedly pressing a familiar line with CBS: Spin off your radio stations and (in this case) merge them with Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS).
- While CBS chief Les Moonves has highlighted the cash flow and 40% margins provided by the 117 stations the company owns, Sandell suggests that in a reverse Morris Trust merger, CBS could divest an asset with a low tax base at low impact.
- Cumulus' takeaway? Scaling up to combined sales of $2.4B and a market cap of almost $5B.
- One headwind is Cumulus' leverage, at a ratio of 6.5x EBITDA after purchases of Citadel Broadcasting and WestwoodOne, while another is Sumner Redstone's grip on CBS' vote.
- After hours: CMLS +3.1%.
Feb. 3, 2015, 4:09 PM
- Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) finished up 11.9% ahead of a March 2 release of its Q4 results.
- The company has set a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET that day to discuss earnings.
- Expectations are for an EPS of $0.09 on revenues of $333.2M.
- Commercial-radio peers have also had a strong day: Saga Communications (SGA +2.4%); Emmis Communications (EMMS +0.5%); Salem Communications (SALM +2.1%); Radio One (ROIAK +1.7%); Entercom (ETM +2.8%); and Townsquare Media (TSQ +3.2%).
Nov. 10, 2014, 5:36 PM
Aug. 8, 2014, 12:58 PM
Cumulus Media, Inc. owns and operates radio stations. It provides radio broadcasting, advertising, and related services. The company was founded by Lewis W. Dickey Jr. in 1997 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
Industry: Broadcasting - Radio
Country: United States