Emmis Communications

Bold challenge to country giant WFMS paying off for HankRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
After more than two decades as one of the Indianapolis market’s top ratings- and revenue-generators, country radio station WFMS-FM 95.5 is getting some serious competition from relative newcomer WLHK-FM 97.1—popularly known as Hank.
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PROXY CORNER: Emmis Communications Corp.

June 9, 2012
Emmis Communications Corp., One Emmis Plaza, 40 Monument Circle, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (www.emmis.com), is a media company that owns radio stations and magazines.
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Emmis hearing on shareholder plan continued

June 1, 2012
A federal judge wants Emmis to submit an amended proxy statement reflecting changes that would result from the proposal. The hearing will occur within 30 days of receiving the proxy.
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Emmis restructuring plan to be heard by federal judge

May 31, 2012
Scott Olson

Whether the company can strip preferred shareholders of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends will be decided in court. Shareholders have filed suit in an attempt to stop the proposal from being voted on.

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Pacers owner teams with Smulyan to buy Emmis stock

May 21, 2012
A partnership of Herb Simon and Jeff Smulyan filed plans to buy up to an additional 1 million shares of Emmis Communications Corp. at no more than $2 apiece.
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Emmis shares again escape NASDAQ delisting

May 16, 2012
The NASDAQ exchange notified the Indianapolis-based company on Tuesday that its stock avoided delisting after shares traded above $1 for 10 consecutive trading days. Emmis has been in danger of losing its NASDAQ status for several years.
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Emmis ends profitable year despite quarterly loss

May 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based media company lost $18.2 million in its fiscal fourth quarter but reported a profit of $79.5 million for the fiscal year largely due to the repurchase of company preferred stock.
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WRTV launches broadcast studio on Monument Circle

May 10, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis TV station will occasionally broadcast live from the WIBC-FM 93.1 studio as part of an agreement with the radio station's parent company, Emmis Communications Corp. WRTV is hoping to gain more exposure from the deal.
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After years of 'pushing water uphill,' Emmis now nimbleRestricted Content

May 5, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis media company is on track to have less than $75 million in debt by this summer—down from $1.6 billion before it launched the divestiture of its TV stations seven years ago.
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Emmis gains extension on NASDAQ listing

April 27, 2012
Jeff Newman
Emmis Communications Corp. shares will remain listed on the NASDAQ exchange at least until Aug. 27 under an extension granted by the well-known stock index.
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Emmis inks two deals for $92.5 million infusion

April 26, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The news sent Emmis stock soaring 21.5 percent Thursday morning, to $1.05 cents per share. It's the first time Emmis shares have traded above $1 since July.
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Preferred-shareholder group sues Emmis over restructuring

April 17, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
A group of Emmis Communications Corp. preferred shareholders, unhappy with a company proposal that would strip them of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends, filed a lawsuit against the Indianapolis media firm Monday to try to prevent the move.
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Emmis sues Hungary for political interference in radio bids

April 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Hungary is being sued for political interference in awarding radio licenses, renewing doubts over press freedoms in the nation as the government tries to convince the European Union that it respects media independence.
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Wall Street observers blast Emmis plan to ax preferred shares

April 2, 2012
Scott Olson, Cory Schouten
Emmis Communications Corp.'s effort to strip its preferred shareholders of their rights and avoid forking over about $10 million in unpaid dividends is drawing sharp criticism from top market observers, including a columnist for The New York Times.
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Emmis asks judge to rule on legality of stock plan

March 26, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis media company has filed a lawsuit that could prevent preferred shareholders from mounting a court challenge of the plan that would strip them of their right to collect millions of dollars in dividends.
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Emmis vote could deal blow to preferred shareholders

March 14, 2012
Greg Andrews
Emmis Communications is calling a special meeting where investors will be asked to eliminate the right of preferred stockholders to receive millions of dollars in dividends. The firm also seeks approval for a reverse stock split that would prevent a looming NASDAQ delisting.
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Emmis plans to appeal looming NASDAQ delisting

March 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. has failed to comply with requirements to remain on the NASDAQ exchange, but the Indianapolis-based media firm said it plans another attempt to avoid being delisted from the well-known stock index.
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Longtime editorial director to leave Emmis Publishing

February 22, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Veteran Indianapolis Monthly chief Deborah Paul is easing into retirement, leaving her full-time gig as editorial director of Emmis Publishing to work as a consultant.
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Financial maneuvers give Emmis new lease on lifeRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Greg Andrews
The company has made tremendous progress in recent weeks addressing problems that have scared off investors and pushed the price of its common stock below $1.
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Emmis posts big profit, but revenue shrinks

January 12, 2012
Scott Olson
The media company's $110.9 million quarterly profit was largely due to the sale of three radio stations and the repurchase of preferred stock. Revenue fell 11 percent.
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Emmis mum on sudden exit of Indianapolis Monthly editor

January 11, 2012
Greg Andrews
The Indianapolis communications company confirmed it is seeking a replacement for David Zivan, who had led the magazine for six years.
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Preferred shareholders blocking Emmis’ repurchase plans

December 19, 2011
Scott Olson
The investors are concerned Emmis will gain voting rights to two-thirds of the preferred shares and that it would use that clout to get out of paying millions of dollars in dividends.
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The Fan winning sports-talk radio war by wide marginRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Radio station WFNI-AM 1070 is challenging some FM music stations in the battle for male listeners.
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Emmis strikes $16M deal to buy back preferred stock

November 22, 2011
Greg Andrews
The transaction with New York-based Alden Global Capital, the largest holder of Emmis preferred stock, is expected to end more than a year of legal wrangling involving the two companies.
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Emmis sues ex-director, alleges he leaked information

November 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. sued a former board member Friday, claiming he leaked information that caused a major holder of preferred stock to drop plans to resell those shares back to the company.
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