Emmis Communications

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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Emmis finds silver lining despite deep losses in 2Q

October 13, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. announced Thursday that second-quarter revenue slipped from last year and losses nearly quadrupled. However, the sale of three radio stations for $120 million, a reduction in debt and increases in advertising give executives hope.
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Struggling Emmis faces NASDAQ delisting again

September 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The day before closing on a $120 million sale of three radio stations, Emmis was warned about non-compliance with NASDAQ's minimum-price rule for the third time in two years.
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Emmis' local radio stations get big lift from new ratings system

July 20, 2011
Anthony Schoettle
During the quarter ended May 31, ratings at Emmis Communications' four local stations greatly outpaced other stations in the market.
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Emmis reports larger quarterly loss, higher revenue

July 13, 2011
Scott Olson
For the quarter ended May 31, Emmis suffered a loss of $4.5 million, or 12 cents a share, compared with a loss of $3.9 million, or 10 cents a share, in the same period last year.
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Smulyan says Emmis ready 'to go back on offensive'Restricted Content

June 25, 2011
Greg Andrews
Emmis' sale of two stations in Chicago and one in New York City will allow the company to chop more than $100 million off its $331 million in long-term debt—clearing the way for it to arrange a refinancing under favorable terms.
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Emmis selling three major radio stations

June 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. has reached an agreement to sell three big-market radio stations to a partnership involving a private equity firm and a prominent media executive, the company disclosed Tuesday morning.
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PROXY CORNER: Emmis Communications Corp.Restricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp., headquartered on Monument Circle, is a media company that owns radio stations and magazines.
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Emmis reports smaller annual loss on higher revenue

May 10, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based media company said an improving economy helped it cut its losses as revenue from radio operations grew 4.3 percent. Still, the company continues to struggle with a heavy debt load.
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Firms' faith in stock buybacks not always well-placedRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Greg Andrews
The ultimate test of whether buybacks are good deals for shareholders hinges on whether the price paid for the stock proves over time to have been a bargain or inflated.
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Emmis gets additional year to repay debt

March 30, 2011
Scott Olson
Lender Canyon Capital Advisors LLC agreed to extend the maturity date on $182.9 million in senior bank debt from November 2013 to November 2014, giving Emmis additional breathing room to operate.
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Another suit filed in Emmis, financier dispute

March 28, 2011
Emmis Communications Corp. is accusing Alden Global Capital, which once backed Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan's attempt to take the company private, of violating the "short-swing rule." This is the third suit involving the parties since Smulyan called off the move last year.
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Financier in botched deal sues Emmis over loan to Smulyan

February 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
In uncommonly sharp language, attorneys for New York-based Alden Global Capital accused Emmis' board of “a blatantly self-dealing transaction” that allows Smulyan to “pursue a personal litigation vendetta” against Alden.
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Emmis likely escapes NASDAQ-delisting danger

February 11, 2011
Scott Olson
Stock in the Indianapolis-based media company closed above the necessary threshold of $1 per share for 10 consecutive business days on Thursday, meaning it should be back in compliance with NASDAQ rules.
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Emmis decision to pay CEO legal fees illegal, financier says

February 7, 2011
Scott Olson
Alden Global Capital, a firm Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan is suing for backing out of a deal to finance his efforts to take Emmis private, charges that a $200,000 loan Emmis made to pay his legal fees violates the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
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Emmis still facing NASDAQ-delisting danger

January 26, 2011
Scott Olson
After an eight-day trading stretch in which its shares traded above $1 each, Emmis stock fell to 97 cents on Tuesday, below an important NASDAQ exchange threshhold.
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Emmis surges as industry anticipates radio sale

January 13, 2011
J.K. Wall
Emmis Communications’ share price soared 42 percent on Wednesday, a day after the company reiterated that it is “actively pursuing” the sale of some assets. CEO Jeff Smulyan says it's impossible to call a station sale imminent, but shares gained another 13 percent on Thursday.
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Emmis reports $1.6 million quarterly loss

January 11, 2011
The Indianapolis-based media company suffered a loss in the fiscal third quarter despite a 3-percent rise in revenue.
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Emmis pitching in on breach-of-contract lawsuit

December 29, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. will contribute $200,000 toward legal fees in a lawsuit that company founder Jeff Smulyan's JS Acquisition LLC filed over its failed effort to take the Indianapolis-based media company private.
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Smulyan fails to take Emmis private

December 24, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Jeff Smulyan in 2010 tried for the second time in four years to take Emmis Communications Corp. private, only to see a group of dissident investors band together to block the deal at the 11th hour.
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PROXY CORNER: Emmis Communications Corp.

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp. owns radio stations and magazines. For the six months ended Aug. 31, the company reported a net loss of $6.3 million, or 17 cents a share, on revenue of $127 million.
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Emmis faces NASDAQ delisting danger again

November 7, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Emmis Communications Corp. spent much of last year in danger of being delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange. Now, it's back in the same precarious position.
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Emmis loss shrinks as radio stations produce more cash

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based media company announced this morning that it lost $2.3 million in the latest quarter, down from a whopping $135.6 million in the same period a year earlier.
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Soldiering on, Emmis' Smulyan mulls station sales to cut debtRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Greg Andrews
The CEO thinks Emmis could cast off some big-market stations, raising ample cash to pay off the company’s bank debt before it comes due in November 2013.
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