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Media General (MEG)

  • Tue, Aug. 11, 11:06 AM
    • Broadcaster Media General (MEG -2.5%) is cementing a move into original content by hiring a head of programming, Tony Optican.
    • Optican has program development/launch experience from MGM, Fox, Syfy, and FremantleMedia.
    • He'll be charged with developing a strong content strategy as well as building out the company's current efforts, including variety show Hollywood Today Live, heading to two-thirds of Media General's markets by mid-September.
    | Tue, Aug. 11, 11:06 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Aug. 6, 10:42 AM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG) is reeling, -20%, after its Q2 earnings featured misses on top and bottom lines despite revenue doubling Y/Y.
    • Revenues of $321M (up 108%) included digital revenues of $36M (up 512%). EBITDA of $91M was down 2% but beat an expected $86.9M.
    • Net local revenues were up 9% to $220M. Net national revenues dropped 2% to $53M.
    • Net debt on June 30 was $2.22B; cash and equivalents were $72M.
    • The company's guiding to Q3 net revenues of $316M-$329M, light of a consensus expectation for $333M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Aug. 6, 10:42 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Aug. 6, 7:34 AM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG): Q2 EPS of $0.01 misses by $0.05.
    • Revenue of $321M (+108.3% Y/Y) misses by $4.96M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Aug. 6, 7:34 AM | Comment!
  • Thu, Jul. 16, 7:45 PM
    • After the past year's detailed negotiations with affiliates to get on board CBS All Access, the streaming service has built some significant recent momentum.
    • The service is available in 124 markets -- about 75% of the country -- due to participation from about 40 affiliate groups added on to CBS-owned stations. (The live local offering is available in 59 markets reaching a little more than half the country; other markets still have 7,000 episodes on demand.)
    • Recent deals with Media General (NYSE:MEG), Scripps (NYSE:SSP), and Sinclair (NASDAQ:SBGI), among others, will bring CBS All Access to markets including Portland, Ore.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Cincinnati, among others.
    | Thu, Jul. 16, 7:45 PM | Comment!
  • Wed, Jul. 15, 12:47 PM
    • Media General (MEG +1%) stations -- including affiliates from each of the Big Four broadcast nets -- have gone dark on Mediacom's cable system as the two failed to come to a new retransmission renewal.
    • That meant subscribers in three markets missed baseball's All-Star Game (which Fox showed last night).
    • The usual they-said arguments are being applied. Mediacom says it's been negotiating extensively but that Media General is demanding more than double per-subscriber prices from the previous deal; meanwhile Mediacom has often ended up as the subject of retransmission-related blackouts.
    • Hanging over the increasing number of blackouts is the prospect that the FCC could start to step into retransmission negotiations, as some cable transmitters have urged them to do.
    | Wed, Jul. 15, 12:47 PM | Comment!
  • Thu, May 7, 7:43 AM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG): Q1 EPS of -$0.06 misses by $0.03.
    • Revenue of $297M (+106.3% Y/Y) misses by $3.07M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, May 7, 7:43 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Apr. 14, 5:36 PM
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    | Tue, Apr. 14, 5:36 PM | Comment!
  • Mon, Apr. 6, 9:21 AM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG) has named Julio Marenghi -- formerly ad sales president for Tribune Broadcasting -- its chief revenue officer, Broadcast Operations.
    • Reporting to COO Deb McDermott, he'll take responsibility for development and execution of ad sales plans for the company's 71 TV stations.
    | Mon, Apr. 6, 9:21 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Mar. 31, 7:31 PM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG) says its secondary offering of 6.8M shares has been priced at $16/share by the selling stockholder.
    • Underwriters also got an option to purchase up to an additional 1.02M shares. The company won't receive any proceeds.
    • The offering's expected to close April 7.
    • Today: MEG -1.8% to $16.49.
    | Tue, Mar. 31, 7:31 PM | Comment!
  • Mon, Mar. 30, 6:03 PM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG) reports that one of its stockholders will offer 6.8M shares in a registered secondary offering, with an expected overallotment option of an additional 1.02M shares.
    • RBC Capital is acting as book-running manager, and Evercore ISI is also a book runner.
    • The stock closed today at $16.79, suggesting a total sale value of more than $131M if the option is exercised on extra shares.
    • Shares were down 0.5% after hours.
    | Mon, Mar. 30, 6:03 PM | Comment!
  • Mon, Mar. 23, 4:46 PM
    • TV-station holding company Media General (NYSE:MEG) is up 0.4% after hours as it authorizes a new buyback program of up to $120M.
    • The company hoped to balance its sale of New England station WJAR-TV by using the proceeds to acquire more stations, but "we were unable to identify acquisition opportunities that met our rigorous acquisition standards," says CEO Vincent Sadusky.
    • Those proceeds instead will fund the new repurchase program, which expires Dec. 31.
    | Mon, Mar. 23, 4:46 PM | Comment!
  • Mon, Mar. 23, 4:39 PM
    • Unable to find any attractive acquisition deals, Media General (NYSE:MEG) sets a $120M buyback program for the funds from the WJAR-TV sale that was completed in connection with the LIN Media merger.
    • Source: Press Release
    • Shares +0.4% after hours.
    | Mon, Mar. 23, 4:39 PM | Comment!
  • Fri, Feb. 27, 4:25 PM
    • After losing just 2.3% yesterday following Q4 earnings, Media General (NYSE:MEG) slipped 6.6% today.
    • Earnings of $0.29/share missed expectations by $0.02 -- and while they swung to a gain from a $5.2M loss in the prior year, the results were driven in large part by political advertising for the midterm elections.
    • The firm has been engaging in a long transition into a more modern TV broadcaster, notably with wrapping a $2.6B merger with LIN Media. This is the first earnings report since the merger closed.
    • The company guided to revenues for Q1 to increase 1%-3%, for total net revenues of $295M-$301M, in line with expectations.
    • Analyst consensus expects the company to earn $0.06/share in Q1.
    • Q4 results; press release
    | Fri, Feb. 27, 4:25 PM | Comment!
  • Thu, Feb. 26, 7:34 AM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG): Q4 EPS of $0.29 misses by $0.02.
    • Revenue of $217M (+97.3% Y/Y) beats by $24.02M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Feb. 26, 7:34 AM | Comment!
  • Sat, Jan. 24, 11:15 AM
    • Shares of New York Times (NYSE:NYT) ended with a 2.74% gain last week after a report of interest by Michael Bloomberg in making an acquisition gained traction.
    • 2014 was a rough year for New York Times with a drop in ad sales cutting into the impact of higher subscription prices.
    • A new savvy ownership group could unlock more potential on the digital side. (see: Jeff Bezos' plans for Washington Post).
    • As noted by Re/code, although Bloomberg has the required chutzpah to make a run at the NYT, the controlling Ochs-Sulzsbergers family by all appearance is a reluctant seller.
    • Analysts speculate it could take an offer as high as $4B-$5B to land the company - more than double its $1.97B market cap.
    • What to watch: If a mega-deal were to be struck for NYT, there's a thought that it could raise the profile on other newspapers stocks (MEG, GCI, TPUB, LEE, MNI) on M&A potential, increased investment in digital initiatives, or a similar vanity white knight play (Bezos, Bloomberg) for assets.
    | Sat, Jan. 24, 11:15 AM | 7 Comments
  • Dec. 24, 2014, 9:30 AM
    • Media General (NYSE:MEG) announces results of the merger options presented to shareholders of LIN Media.
    • The company says 81.4% of Lin shareholders took the cash option, while 15.2% opted for shares. The remaining 3.3% snoozed the decision.
    • The final result of the deal is that Media General will issue 41.239M shares and pay $763M in cash to LIN Media shareholders.
    | Dec. 24, 2014, 9:30 AM | Comment!
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Media General Inc is a provider of news, information and entertainment across network-affiliated television stations, digital media and mobile platforms, serving consumers and advertisers in local markets in the Southeastern United States.