The long-term trend of the EPS is an important number as it indicates the present value of New Media Investment Group. It is usually expressed as a percentage and is then referred to as the EPS growth rate, which at this time is hard to estimate, but revenue growth has been 7.50 % over the last twelve months. EPS growth is a vital measure of execution of the strategy for New Media Investment Group since it indicates how well the business is allocating resources to benefit shareholders.



New Media Investment Group is part of the consumer cyclical sector and is in the publishing industry. The company CEO is Michael E. Reed. New Media Investment Group Inc owns, operates and invests in local media assets. The company focuses on two categories namely consumers and small to medium-sized businesses.

Previous Intraday Performance:

The NEWM shares had a previous change of 1.57% which opened at 12.81 and closed at 12.93. It moved to an intraday high of 12.93 and a low of 12.75.

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Historical Performance:

Over the last five trading days, NEWM shares returned 8.02% and in the past 30 trading days it returned -2.71%. Over three months, it changed -16.86%. In one year it has changed -13.41% and within that year its 52-week high was 19.10 and its 52-week low was 10.88. NEWM stock is 18.84% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations result in a 200 day moving average of 15.38 and a 50 day moving average of 13.14. Right now, NEWM stock is trading -15.93% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a great opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

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Liquidity:

The company has a market cap of $779.6m with 60.3m shares outstanding and a float of 58.6m shares. Trading volume was 295,766 shares and has experienced an average volume of 513,350 shares. Our calculation, using the current average volume and close price, leads me to believe that the liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Earnings:

The last annual reported EPS for New Media Investment Group was -0.02 which ended on 31st of December 2017. The trailing twelve month EPS is 0.55, which comes to a trailing twelve month PE of 23.51.

Below was the last reported quarterly earnings per share:
09-30-2018:  -0.08
06-30-2018:  0.20
03-31-2018:  -0.07
12-31-2017:  0.50



The dividend per share is currently 1.52, which is a dividend yield of 11.76%. NEWM stock may not have sufficient earnings to cover future dividends and still be able to invest in and grow the business, therefore in the future the dividend may be reduced.

Indicators Also to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 132.40% of institutional ownership. Short-interest was 4,006,994, which was 6.65% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio was 9.32. This stock has a moderate level of short interest, but may still be a buying opportunity depending on other indicators.

I calculated the beta to be 1.14

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Fundamental Numbers:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 4.52%, return on assets is 2.36%, profit margin is 0.47%, price-to-sales is 0.69 and price-to-book is 1.02.

Company Score Card:

Results are out of six:
 0  : Growth Expectations Result
 3  : Financial Safety Result
 1  : Past Performance Result
 3  : Valuation Result
 2  : Dividend Safety Result
 1  : Overall Result

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Jake McWilliams
I am an independent trader, analyst and algorithmic trading expert, having worked both for the sell side (brokerage) and the buy side (fund administration). I have been trading professionally for about 20 years. I trade stocks and forex and I play both long and short positions in underlying asset or through options. I have experience with discretionary and fully automated systems (Metatrader and Quantshare).

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