3 Stocks Pushing The Media Industry Lower

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The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Media industry included Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 3.7%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 6.2%, Point 360 ( PTSX), down 1.9%, NTN Buzztime ( NTN), down 5.0% and Tiger Media ( IDI), down 4.1%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Tiger Media ( IDI) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Tiger Media was down $0.02 (4.1%) to $0.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,609 shares of Tiger Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 41,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.47-$0.50 after having opened the day at $0.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.52.

Tiger Media, Inc., a multi-platform media company, provides advertising services in the out-of-home advertising industry in the People's Republic of China. Tiger Media has a market cap of $19.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 65.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Tiger Media as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IDI go as follows:

  • TIGER MEDIA INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TIGER MEDIA INC reported poor results of -$0.12 versus -$0.03 in the prior year.
  • IDI's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 57.37%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Media industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 1.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.88 million to -$0.86 million.
  • Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, TIGER MEDIA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • IDI has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.75, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Tiger Media Ratings Report

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At the close, NTN Buzztime ( NTN) was down $0.02 (5.0%) to $0.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 41,548 shares of NTN Buzztime exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 50,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.37-$0.41 after having opened the day at $0.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.40.

NTN Buzztime, Inc. provides an entertainment and marketing services platform for hospitality venues that offer games, events, and entertainment experiences in the United States and Canada. NTN Buzztime has a market cap of $36.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 36.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates NTN Buzztime as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on NTN go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1261.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.10 million to -$1.35 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, NTN BUZZTIME INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.79 million or 1092.22% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock has managed to decline in share value by 2.56% over the past twelve months. Regardless of the rise in share value over the previous year, we feel that the risks involved in investing in this stock do not compensate for any future upside potential.
  • NTN BUZZTIME INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. Stable Earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. During the past fiscal year, NTN BUZZTIME INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.01 versus -$0.02 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: NTN Buzztime Ratings Report

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Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Radio One was down $0.20 (6.2%) to $3.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,140 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.92-$3.08 after having opened the day at $3.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.21.

Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as an urban-oriented multi-media company in the United States. The company operates through four segments: Radio Broadcasting, Reach Media, Internet, and Cable Television. Radio One has a market cap of $7.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Radio One as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally high debt management risk.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIA go as follows:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, RADIO ONE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 19.00 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 2.63, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for RADIO ONE INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.71%. Regardless of ROIA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ROIA's net profit margin of -9.97% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • ROIA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • RADIO ONE INC has improved earnings per share by 20.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, RADIO ONE INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.30 versus -$1.33 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Radio One Ratings Report

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