Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS)

Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) Getting Dropped from Analyst’s Play Lists

Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS)

Various financial media outlets have reported that shares of Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) were downgraded on Tuesday by Zack’s Investment Research. But it seems that few paid have attention to the news. CMLS shares closed Friday at $0.40; they closed Tuesday at $0.47; and they are trading around $0.57 at 2:40 PM EST. To put a pencil to paper, that gives CMLS a 42.5% return since Friday’s close and over a 20% gain since yesterday’s close. The gains come alongside heavy volumes. Today over 1.4 million shares have been exchanged, or about 1 million more than their 30-day, daily average volume.

To be fair, the downgrade may be accurate however a little late. Or maybe a lot late. At the beginning of 2013 Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) was trading under $20 but would go on to hit above $60 by the end of the year. Then the wheels came off. By the end of 2015 investors could have picked up CMLS shares for under $1.50. CMLS shares never fully recovered and now are trading closer to their 52-week low of $0.22 than they are to their 52-week high of $3.60.

Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) has a novel business model. It operates radio stations in the mid-markets and currently reaches over 240 million people every week. Cumulus’ 447 owned and operated radio stations broadcast in 90 media markets and they have over 7,500 more that are affiliated with the Cumulus/Westwood brand. Importantly, Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) is the largest country music provider in the nation through its NASH brand.

Unlike many nano-cap firms, Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) share drop was not due to shareholder dilution. In 2014 there were 28.27 million shares outstanding and by 2016 that number increased just to 29.27 million. Sales have also been relatively consistent as in each of the past five years sales figures have come in between $1.00 million and $1.26 million. What has hurt has been the earnings losses. Although a small EPS profit of $0.40 was posted in 2014, in 2015 the EPS loss was (-$18.73) and (-$17.45) in 2016. So far 2017 does not look like any help will be coming as, for Q1 2017, Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) reported net revenue of $264.0 million, down 1.7% from the three months ended March 31, 2016, net loss of $7.4 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $38.7 million, down 7.6% from the three months ended March 31, 2016. No doubt that until earnings get turned around, no analysts will be lending CMLS their stamp of approval. I think in the radio business they call this a falling star.

I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. All information, or data, is provided with no guarantees of accuracy.

About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20-year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.

Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS)

Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) Staring At NASDAQ Delisting After Q1 Net Loss

Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS)

Shares of Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) are slowly coming to life after the media company’s Q1 2017 net loss narrowed, compared to the previous year. For the three months ending March 31, the company’s net loss nearly halved to (-$7.4) million compared to a net loss of (-$14.4) million for the same quarter last year.

Q1 Results

However, Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) net revenue took a hit, dropping by 1.7% to $264 million compared to revenues of $268 million reported last year. Adjusted EBITDA was down by 7.6% in the three months, coming in at $38.7 million. During the earnings call CEO Mary Berner reiterated that the first quarter earnings represented an inflection on the company’s performance after years of losses.

“Our first quarter represents a clear inflection point in our turnaround, as the downward trajectory of recent years has been reversed. With clear evidence that our strategy is working, we remain committed to the rigorous execution of the initiatives that are critical to keeping the Company on a sustained growth path,“ Berner said

The sentiments are a stark contrast to the company’s performance over the past 12 months. Cumulus stock has shed more than 90% in market value over the past year. A few years back the stock was trading at highs of $60 a share but now it is a shadow of itself amidst growing concerns over the company’s long-term prospects.

Amidst the poor run in performance the publicly traded company still found it fit to reward the CEO with a seven-figure bonus.

NASDAQ Delisting Warning

Fuelling concerns that the company is still not out of the woods is a recent notification from the NASDAQ stock market LLC.

The NASDAQ market has already hit Cumulus with a warning indicating that it could be delisted from the exchange given that it is not in compliance with listing requirements. A point of concern to the exchange is that the company’s stockholder equity has dropped below the minimum requirement.

The stock’s bid price trading below the $1 a share trading range for 30 consecutive days is also a point of concern that could force a delisting. Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) has already submitted a plan to the NASDAQ affirming that it is working to regain compliance. The company says it is hopeful of being given until September 17, 2017, to abide by the rules of listing.

Cumulus Media Inc. (NASDAQ:CMLS) stock was up 23.26% in Monday’s trading session ending the day at highs of $0.610 a share.

I have no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, and have no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. All information, including any data, is provided without any guarantees of accuracy.

About the author: Monica Gray has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA – earned with Honors. She has six years of experience in the financial markets and has been a securities analyst for the past two years.