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The Media industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Media industry included Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 1.6%, Crown Media Holdings ( CRWN), down 1.8%, CBS ( CBS.A), down 4.5%, Radio One ( ROIAK), down 5.2% and Cinedigm ( CIDM), down 3.2%.

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

Cinedigm ( CIDM) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Cinedigm was down $0.05 (3.2%) to $1.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 167,969 shares of Cinedigm exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 340,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.48-$1.59 after having opened the day at $1.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.55.

Cinedigm Corp. distributes independent movie, television, and other short form content in the Unites States. Cinedigm has a market cap of $119.0 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 23.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Cinedigm a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Cinedigm as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CIDM 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 52.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$6.99 million to -$10.66 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.42 million or 74.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, CIDM has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.48% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The gross profit margin for CINEDIGM CORP is rather high; currently it is at 62.79%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CIDM's net profit margin of -46.65% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • CINEDIGM CORP's earnings per share declined by 7.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CINEDIGM CORP continued to lose money by earning -$0.28 versus -$0.42 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.27 versus -$0.28).

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

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At the close, Radio One ( ROIAK) was down $0.13 (5.2%) to $2.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 59,078 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 163,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.30-$2.60 after having opened the day at $2.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.51.

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 $98.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 33.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ROIAK 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.
  • ROIAK has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 22.41% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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 23.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$14.21 million to -$10.82 million.
  • ROIAK, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.3%. 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.

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

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Crown Media Holdings ( CRWN) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Crown Media Holdings was down $0.06 (1.8%) to $3.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 64,043 shares of Crown Media Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 62,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.32-$3.44 after having opened the day at $3.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.42.

Crown Media Holdings, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Crown Media United States, LLC, owns, operates, and distributes pay television networks for adults and families in the United States. The company operates Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. Crown Media Holdings has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Crown Media Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CRWN go as follows:

  • CRWN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $32.38 million or 17.67% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CROWN MEDIA HOLDINGS INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 17.58%.
  • The gross profit margin for CROWN MEDIA HOLDINGS INC is rather high; currently it is at 57.48%. Regardless of CRWN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CRWN's net profit margin of 16.39% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.01, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Media industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.36 is sturdy.
  • CROWN MEDIA HOLDINGS INC's earnings per share declined by 20.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CROWN MEDIA HOLDINGS INC reported lower earnings of $0.19 versus $0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.20 versus $0.19).

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

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