Salem Media Group (SALM) – A Tough Quarter Ahead

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Friday, November 04, 2022

Salem Media Group is America’s leading multimedia company specializing in Christian and conservative content, with media properties comprising radio, digital media and book and newsletter publishing. Each day Salem serves a loyal and dedicated audience of listeners and readers numbering in the millions nationally. With its unique programming focus, Salem provides compelling content, fresh commentary and relevant information from some of the most respected figures across the Christian and conservative media landscape.

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Q3 meets expectations. The company reported Q3 revenue of $66.9 million, in line with our estimate of $66.6 million. Adj. EBITDA of $6.1 million was slightly better than our forecast of $5.5 million, illustrated in Figure #1 Q3 Variance. Notably, we are adjusting EBITDA for a one-time legal settlement fee paid by the company during the quarter.

Weak Q4 pacing. Management guided Q4 revenue down 3-5% year-over-year compared with our expectation of 7% growth. Management cited a weak Publishing outlook as well as an ongoing pullback in the company’s #1 broadcast advertising category (mortgage companies) as primary factors in the challenged outlook.

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