Movers and SHAKERS
Salem Media (SALM)
Favorable Operating Momentum; Raising Target Price
Salem Media Group is America’s leading radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. In addition to its radio properties, Salem owns Salem Radio Network, which syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2700 affiliates; Salem Radio Representatives, a national radio advertising sales force; Salem Web Network, a leading Internet provider of Christian content and online streaming; and Salem Publishing, a leading publisher of Christian themed magazines. Salem owns and operates 115 radio stations, with 73 stations in the nation’s top 25 top markets – and 25 in the top 10. Each of our radio properties has a full portfolio of broadcast and digital marketing opportunities.
Michael Kupinski, Director of Research, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
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Q3 beats expectations. Salem Media reported $65.9 million in total revenues, up 8.8% over the prior year quarter and exceeding our $62.0 million estimate. The Broadcast segment was the main driver of the outperformance, with a remarkable 9.3% revenue increase YoY. Adjusted EBITDA was $10.8 million versus our $8.4 million forecast, improving 12.8% YoY. Importantly, Q3 revenues and Adj. EBITDA are above 2019 levels, which is among the very few in its peer group.
Setting up for a strong end of the year. Management guided Q4 revenues to be slightly up 0% to 2%, which is better than our estimate of a 0.4% decline. The revenue guide is notable given that it compares with a year earlier strong Q4 2020, driven by $3.5 million in Political revenue. Excluding Political from last year's period, revenue growth would be a solid 5% to 7%. Additionally, operating ...
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