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Radio Advertising is Down But Radio One Looks to the Future with Name Change and Diversification

rfocus.org, Inc.  reported its results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Net revenue was approximately $101.3 million, a decrease of 7.1% from the same period in 2016. Broadcast and digital operating income1 was approximately $34.9 million, a decrease of 11.9% from the same period in 2016. The Company reported operating income of approximately $16.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017, compared to $18.8 million for the same period in 2016. Net loss was approximately $2.3 million or $0.05 per share (basic) compared to approximately $3.9 million or $0.08 per share (basic) for the same period in 2016.

Alfred C. Liggins, III, Radio One’s CEO and President stated, “A combination of tough political comps in radio, and non-recurring major client spending at Reach Media, made for a weak start to the year in radio advertising. TV One ratings held up well overall (+4% Household, and flat 24-54 total day), although we were down in the younger-end demographic. Despite this, we were able to post growth in Adjusted EBITDA for the division. Our digital business will be bolstered by the acquisition of the Bossip and Madame Noire brands, which will be immediately accretive. MGM National Harbor continues to perform well, and we have accrued approximately $1.5 million of income in the first quarter. We remain committed to growing our cash flow in 2017, despite the slow start to the year. Our name change to will become effective on May 5th, and will better reflect our diversified multimedia .”


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