Media General Inc

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MEG : NYSE : Services
$18.51 -0.29 | -1.54%
Today's Range: 18.32 - 18.91
Avg. Daily Volume: 1280000.0
01/17/17 - 4:00 PM ET

Financial Analysis

MEDIA GENERAL INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2016 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales increased, the net income has decreased, representing a decrease to the bottom line. MEDIA GENERAL INC is extremely liquid. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 2.41 which clearly shows the ability to cover any short-term cash needs. The company managed to increase its liquidity from the same period a year ago, despite already having strong liquidity to begin with. This would indicate improved cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained virtually unchanged only decreasing by 3.49% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is very unlikely to face financial difficulties in the near future.

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Income Statement Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)377.36321.74
EBITDA ($mil)126.5874.05
EBIT ($mil)85.8233.66
Net Income ($mil)-68.71-48.49

Balance Sheet Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)57.8237.8
Total Assets ($mil)4197.354462.17
Total Debt ($mil)2165.232249.9
Equity ($mil)1367.241416.69

Profitability Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Gross Profit Margin55.6251.42
EBITDA Margin33.5423.01
Operating Margin22.7410.46
Sales Turnover0.350.26
Return on Assets-1.46-0.59
Return on Equity-4.5-1.86
Debt Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Current Ratio2.512.04
Interest Expense28.5329.48
Interest Coverage3.011.14

Share Data Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)129.3127.87
Div / share0.00.0
Book value / share10.5711.08
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume844812.0773258.0


SELL. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. To use another comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 1.81 indicates a discount versus the S&P 500 average of 2.84 and a significant discount versus the industry average of 3.52. The price-to-sales ratio is below the S&P 500 average and is well below the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, MEDIA GENERAL INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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MEG NM Peers 30.44   MEG 15.22 Peers 11.62

Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.

MEG's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Premium. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

MEG is trading at a significant premium to its peers.

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  Price to
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MEG 23.32 Peers 79.83   MEG NA Peers 2.49

Neutral. The absence of a valid price-to-projected earnings ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative expected future earnings.

MEG's ratio is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.


Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

Ratio not available.

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  Earnings Growth
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MEG 1.81 Peers 3.52   MEG -235.71 Peers 58.62

Discount. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

MEG is trading at a significant discount to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, MEG is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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  Sales Growth
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MEG 1.71 Peers 6.61   MEG 25.41 Peers 16.44

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

MEG is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


Higher. A sales growth rate that exceeds the industry implies that a company is gaining market share.

MEG has a sales growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.



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