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The Media industry as a whole was unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Laggards within the Media industry included Point 360 ( PTSX), down 3.4%, Gray Television ( GTN.A), down 4.0%, Radio One ( ROIA), down 2.0%, Tiger Media ( IDI), down 15.3% and Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI), down 2.1%.

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

Beasley Broadcast Group ( BBGI) is one of the companies that pushed the Media industry lower today. Beasley Broadcast Group was down $0.10 (2.1%) to $4.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,723 shares of Beasley Broadcast Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.62-$4.78 after having opened the day at $4.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.75.

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., a radio broadcasting company, is engaged in operating radio stations in the United States. Beasley Broadcast Group has a market cap of $30.2 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 46.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Beasley Broadcast Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on BBGI go as follows:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.98, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels.
  • BBGI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, BEASLEY BROADCAST GROUP INC reported lower earnings of $0.14 versus $0.49 in the prior year.
  • 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 decreased by 22.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3.19 million to $2.46 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Beasley Broadcast Group Ratings Report

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At the close, Tiger Media ( IDI) was down $0.13 (15.3%) to $0.71 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 124,874 shares of Tiger Media exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.67-$0.86 after having opened the day at $0.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.84.

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 $28.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 47.1% 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 46.67%, 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 underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Media industry average. 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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Radio One ( ROIA) was another company that pushed the Media industry lower today. Radio One was down $0.05 (2.0%) to $2.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,976 shares of Radio One exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.40-$2.56 after having opened the day at $2.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.45.

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 $5.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 35.5% 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, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself 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.
  • ROIA'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 26.42%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. 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 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.
  • ROIA, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.4%. 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.
  • 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.

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

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