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1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

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Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth

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Guru Trades

LIN Guru Trades in

Q2 2014

LIN Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Paul Tudor Jones 9,678 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 563,888 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 450,000 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 1,742,190 sh (-7.70%)
Jim Simons 137,700 sh (-52.65%)
Leon Cooperman 377,408 sh (-64.78%)
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Q3 2014

LIN Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Mario Gabelli 1,859,193 sh (+6.72%)
Paul Tudor Jones 9,715 sh (+0.38%)
Leon Cooperman 377,408 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
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Q4 2014

LIN Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Leon Cooperman Sold Out
Mario Gabelli Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
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Business Description

Industry: Entertainment » Broadcasting - TV
Traded in other countries:L2M.Germany,

LIN Media LLC, formerly LIN TV Corp., was incorporated on February 11, 1998. The Company is a local multimedia company that operates or services approximately 43 television stations and seven digital channels in 23 U.S. markets, and a diverse portfolio of web sites, apps and mobile products. Its television stations deliver superior local news, community service, and popular sports and entertainment programming to viewers, reaching U.S. television homes. All of its television stations are affiliated with a national broadcast network and are primarily located in the top 75 Designated Market Areas as measured by Nielsen Media Research. Its digital media division operates from 31 markets across the country, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit and Washington D.C. The Company provides free, over-the-air broadcasts of its programming 24 hours per day to the communities its are licensed to serve. In its local markets, it competes directly against other local broadcast stations and cable networks carried on cable, satellite television and telecommunication systems for audience. It also competes with online video services, including local news websites and websites such as hulu.com, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Its television operations are subject to the jurisdiction of the FCC.

Guru Investment Theses on LIN Media LLC

Mario Gabelli Comments on LIN Media LLC - Oct 28, 2014

LIN Media LLC (0.3%) (LIN)($22.20 - NYSE) is a Providence, Rhode Island based multimedia company with forty-three television stations and seven digital channels in over twenty U.S. markets. On March 21, 2014, Media General Inc., another broadcasting company, announced that it would acquire LIN in a $2.6 billion merger. Each shareholder of LIN can elect to receive $27.82 in cash or 1.5762 shares of the new holding company, subject to proration. On August 20, 2014, LIN and Media General announced an amendment to the merger agreement, which reduced the merger consideration to either $25.97 in cash or 1.4714 shares of the new holding company, after an affiliation change occurred at one of LIN’s stations in August. The companies also announced the planned divestitures of stations in five markets to comply with regulatory rules. The deal is expected to close by late 2014 after both companies receive shareholder and U.S. regulatory approvals.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)’s ABC Fund Q3 2014 Commentary.

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Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.90
LIN's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
58% of the 451 Companies
in the Global Broadcasting - TV industry.

( Industry Median: 3.02 vs. LIN: 3.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
LIN' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: 0
Current: 3.9

Valuation & Return


More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $731.0
EPS (TTM) $ -0.18
Short Percentage of Float5.17%
52-Week Range $19.44 - 29.24
Shares Outstanding (Mil)57.34

Analyst Estimate

Dec14 Dec15
Revenue (Mil $) 785 789
EPS ($) 1.23 0.88
EPS w/o NRI ($) 1.23 0.88
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
Dividends Per Share ($)
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Articles On GuruFocus.com
Mario Gabelli Comments on LIN Media LLC Oct 28 2014 
Mario Gabelli's ABC Fund Q3 2014 Commentary Oct 28 2014 
Mario Gabelli Comments on LIN Media Apr 30 2014 
Morning Coffee: Real-Time Guru Picks Apr 02 2014 
Mario Gabelli Lightens Load a Little in Third Quarter Oct 09 2013 
Gurus’ Real Time Stock Picks of the Week Sep 06 2013 
Steven Cohen Makes Two Large Buys into Media Companies Aug 13 2013 
LIN TV Corp. (TVL) President and CEO Vincent L Sadusky sells 3,440 Shares Dec 20 2010 
LIN TV Corp. (TVL) Sr.VP CFO Richard J Schmaeling sells 1,030 Shares Dec 20 2010 
LIN TV Corp. (TVL) President and CEO Vincent L Sadusky sells 13,600 Shares Sep 14 2010 

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