TMCNet:  Shares of Lee Enterprises Rank the Highest in Terms of Debt to EBITDA Ratio in the Publishing Industry (LEE, MNI, MEG, NYT, VCI)

[December 05, 2012]

Shares of Lee Enterprises Rank the Highest in Terms of Debt to EBITDA Ratio in the Publishing Industry (LEE, MNI, MEG, NYT, VCI)

Dec 05, 2012 (SmarTrend(R) News Watch via COMTEX) -- Below are the three companies in the Publishing industry with the highest debt to EBITDA ratios. This ratio indicates how many years of EBITDA would be necessary in order to pay back all the debt (assuming Debt and EBITDA are constant). Typically, this ratio is considered to be alarming when it is greater than 3.0 but this can vary and should be looked at within the context of the industry.Lee Enterprises ranks highest with a a debt to EBITDA ratio of 5.8. McClatchy is next with a a debt to EBITDA ratio of 5.7. Media General ranks third highest with a a debt to EBITDA ratio of 5.2.


The New York Times follows with a a debt to EBITDA ratio of 2.5, and Valassis Communications rounds out the top five with a a debt to EBITDA ratio of 2.2.

SmarTrend recommended that its subscribers protect gains by selling shares of The New York Times on October 25th, 2012 by issuing a Downtrend alert when the shares were trading at $9.10. Since that call, shares of The New York Times have fallen 10.8%. We are now looking for when a new Uptrend will commence and will alert SmarTrend subscribers in real time.

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