Financial Comparison: Beasley Broadcast Group (BBGI) versus Emmis Communications (EMMS)

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Beasley Broadcast Group (NASDAQ:BBGI) and Emmis Communications (NASDAQ:EMMS) are both small-cap consumer discretionary companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability and valuation.


This table compares Beasley Broadcast Group and Emmis Communications’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Beasley Broadcast Group 30.80% 6.67% 2.85%
Emmis Communications 28.32% 41.04% 13.74%


Beasley Broadcast Group pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Emmis Communications does not pay a dividend.

Risk and Volatility

Beasley Broadcast Group has a beta of 0.54, meaning that its stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Emmis Communications has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Beasley Broadcast Group and Emmis Communications, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Beasley Broadcast Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Emmis Communications 0 0 0 0 N/A

Beasley Broadcast Group presently has a consensus price target of $8.50, suggesting a potential upside of 28.21%. Given Beasley Broadcast Group’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Beasley Broadcast Group is more favorable than Emmis Communications.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

15.2% of Beasley Broadcast Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.2% of Emmis Communications shares are owned by institutional investors. 61.6% of Beasley Broadcast Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 32.3% of Emmis Communications shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Beasley Broadcast Group and Emmis Communications’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Beasley Broadcast Group $232.18 million 0.79 $87.13 million N/A N/A
Emmis Communications $148.49 million 0.36 $82.12 million N/A N/A

Beasley Broadcast Group has higher revenue and earnings than Emmis Communications.


Beasley Broadcast Group beats Emmis Communications on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Beasley Broadcast Group

Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., a radio broadcasting company, operates radio stations in the United States. As of February 12, 2018, it owned and operated 63 stations, including 45 FM and 18 AM stations in 15 large- and mid-size markets. The company was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Naples, Florida.

About Emmis Communications

Emmis Communications Corporation, a diversified media company, engages in radio broadcasting activities in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Radio, Publishing, and Corporate & Emerging Technologies. It operates 11 FM and 3 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, and Austin, as well as publishes Indianapolis monthly magazine. The company also develops and licenses TagStation, a cloud-based software platform that allows a broadcaster to manage album art, meta data, and enhanced advertising on its various broadcasts; and develops NextRadio, a smartphone application that marries over-the-air FM radio broadcasts with visual and interactive features on smartphones. In addition, it provides Dial Report that offers radio advertising buyers and sellers big data analytics derived from radio station network, smartphone usage, location-based data, listening data, and demographic and behavioral attributes; and engages in dynamic pricing business. Emmis Communications Corporation was founded in 1981 and is based in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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