Is your company attractive enough to catch the eye of today's cautious investors, in 2013 and beyond? A good-looking station portfolio and balance sheet might get their attention, but the concerns of serious investors are not just cosmetic. They'll want to know about debt, plans for the future, what the digital strategy looks like for your organization, and the countless other considerations that add up to an appealing -- or not so appealing -- investment.
At Forecast 2013, Greater Media chief Peter Smyth will lead a conversation on "2013 Investment Strategy: Wall Street, Main Street -- and How About the Digital Highway?" with leading bankers and equity investors frankly discussing how the radio industry looks from their point of view. Has deleveraging made radio more attractive? What does the environment look like for private equity, debt financing, and even privatization over the next year? How much weight do investors really put on digital strategy at radio?
Smyth says, “I look forward to moderating this exciting panel of well-respected financial experts as we hear their thoughts on what investors are looking for and where they see the radio business headed as a long-term investment.”
Even when radio thinks of itself as Main Street, Wall Street has an impact on every part of the industry, every day. Don't miss your chance to hear from the experts at Forecast 2013, set for November 28, 2012 -- the week after Thanksgiving -- at the Harvard Club in New York.
Peter Smyth is Chairman and CEO of Greater Media. He's been with the company since 1986, when he joined as GM of WMJX-FM/Boston. He rose over time to president and CEO, and became the company's chairman in 2008. Smyth is one of the industry's most visible spokesmen and advocates, and a perennial on Radio Ink's list of the 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.
Gregory P. Buscone is SVP and Market Manager for MA Middle Market Lending and Specialized Lending for RBS Citizens. He started in commercial banking at Shawmut Bank in 1996, and joined Citizens Bank in 2000. During his career Buscone has also held responsibilities in retail banking, small-business lending, and commercial real estate.
Drew Marcus is Founder and Managing Partner of Sugarloaf Rock Capital, LLC, which manages SLRC Media Opportunities Fund. He left Deutsche Bank in 2008 after 16 years as Vice Chairman of Global Banking, focusing on media and telecommunications. Marcus has been involved in nearly 200 banking transactions in the broadcasting, outdoor, and entertainment sectors, including a lead advisory and financing role in the $24.5 billion acquisition of Clear Channel.
Brian McNeill is a founder and Managing General Partner at Alta Communications, specializing in identifying and managing investments in traditional media, including radio and TV, cable, outdoor, and other ad-based businesses. He's served on the boards of Radio One, Telemundo, and NextMedia Group. McNeill joined Burr, Egan, Deleage & Co. as General Partner in 1986, where he focused on the media and communications industries, and earlier started and managed the Bank of Boston's broadcasting lending division.Jeffrey Sechrest joined Berenson & Co. as President earlier this year, and before that spent 10 years as co-head of Lazard's Media Group. He's also held posts as Vice Chairman at Merrill Lynch, Senior Partner at Evercore Partners, and Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, serving as co-head of the mergers and acquisitions and media/telecom groups. Over a 25-year career he's worked with such tech and media leaders as Amazon, Liberty Media, and Viacom, and he's a past board member at NPR.