This is a real possibility here.
Given the threat he now faces he may seriously consider taking the company private. It may be better to buy the outstanding stock in the open market than to try to convince the other 84% stockholders with a tender offer.
haha.. resentful anyone? I don't blame you. I wish I had sold when you did. I just read the moodys report. Although they downgraded the debt, it is not so bad. It actually reads a bit on the optimistic side noting the progress the company has made last year. I went through my spreadsheets and the numbers do look good. One way or the other, they did make progress. But now, they also have a competitive threat. Smulyan must have seen it coming... He owns 16% of the stock and controls 61% of the voting power according to moodys. They continue to rate the debt as stable with enough ebitda as cushion.
What Mcaplan and Brian said. Own this stock and you are married to that pig. Maybe they get lucky and they get money from the debacle in western Europe? Or the judge does away with the preferreds?
The lesson here is, if someone shows up claiming they own 2% or 3% of an illiquid company like longtimefollower did, run for the hills. Because, then you will a permanent seller for months.
Smulyan is a large shareholder. If u don't like him, short this POS stock down to levels where his shares are worthless!!!
Could also be a cigar butt. In spite of ceo. Look at sales, ebit, ebitda, gross margins, etc. in the last 4 to 6 quarters.
Smyulan is a savvy business operator. Looking at some of the assets, including the print side in small towns and profitable specialized printing pamphlets you would think the guy has a great eye on what is valuable in radio and print. Some rare items that may even have a bit of a moat and are cash cows.
Not surprisingly, they have good ebitda and even after the recent big boy hit Smyulan has been able to present an attack plan and work the numbers in a way that ebitda will remain little changed. I bet JPM will like that and give the guy another chance. But, then there are the big time f*c ups. Like with commons shareholders. Noone believes he is aligned with them when all mgt does is ring the stock options register. Or the preferreds fiasco. Or the deals that went sour in western Europe. I bet even bankers don't like him as he may not be bringing in enough fee and noone will back the stock or run with it.
Only them pocketing money. They are content with the money they get from operations. And then, when bored, they milk the markets.
you're 100% correct, Smully is the problem, and he's in control no matter what. You invest here, and you're stuck with him. As long as you know what you're getting in to, you're fine. But anyone who treated other shareholders as he has done in the past had better watch their investment backs very closely. I don't see him changing his colors any time soon either.
It's not the end of the world for them. They have good assets in good locations. Problem is management, specifically Smuylan. They make it sound like they work for the team and the shareholders when in reality they have been squeezing every possible penny out their stock options. Then, they have the bool #$%$ conference calls. They are not really for the shareholder. Otherwise, this would be trading north of $2.50. Then, they had some poor, late-to-the-party initiatives. But problem here is Smuylan.
On April 29 it will be decided if JPM grants them more room in the covenants they seek to change. If they get to change covenants shares could see a pop.
The overhead supply here is astonishing. Must be the most hated stock being held with a long list of holders that can't wait to get out. Sleep well king.
These guys continue to pay themselves richly now rewarding Cummings for some #$%$ to be determined. Ebitda this and that, that noone knows or can be realistically determined. This is a complete vehicle to steal from shareholders who continue to hold the bag for Smyulan who sells his shares at any insignificant rally placing continued pressure on the stock price. I hope this company goes bankrupt and all the executives lose their shirt.
Still unfriendly. But he took more questions this time. Smuylan could be lying but he said he was extremely confident about the preferred shares lawsuit. He also opened the door for a settlement. The notable difference in recent times is that they partnered with ubiquity for nextradio and they were together in a stand in an industry show. Not a game changer but gave some credence to their efforts. I am unsure about this stock and also about management. I guess I should not own it. It is sad it did not get any demand after a good cc. Perhaps, it is in a wallstreet blacklist.
What could be the catalyst that drives this stock higher? I'm not sure how EMMS can grow and add value for shareholders. When I owned the stock, I thought next radio would be the catalyst that drives emms higher and they always had a little bit better radio numbers then their competitors in their markets. When the CFO started to unload a boatload of shares, that worried me. He did it multiple times over a period of time. If management has no confidence, why should shareholders. Thats the way i saw it. Then you have the greedy CEO who got paid a salary that was gigantic. I don't recall the exact amount but i thought it was over 5 MIL for sure. I haven't been following lately so not sure if that's still the way the company operates which is unfriendly to shareholders. It sure did drive down the price of the stock.