The Indianapolis radio and magazine publishing company said its net loss narrowed to $1.1 million in its first fiscal quarter ended May 31 from $1.9 million in the same period a year earlier.
However, the net loss of 5 cents per share from continuing operations was a penny worse than analysts expected.
The Indianapolis company said rising international sales helped trim the first-quarter loss. Radio sales increased 14 percent.
Revenue slipped to $86.9 million from $87.3 million.
Radio revenue fell 1 percent, while publishing revenue at its magazines, which includes Indianapolis Monthly, rose 2 percent.
Emmis shares peaked above $60 in late 1999 and traded near $20 as recently as 2006 as it and other radio companies struggle to find profit in a soft industry.