Emmis is an equity investor in the middle market seeking opportunities to apply our sales and marketing expertise, award-winning collaborative culture, and corporate infrastructure to enhance select companies. We target businesses with strong revenue and cashflow performance seeking majority recapitalization where our capabilities can assist in accelerating growth.
Emmis is a publicly-held company (EMMS) founded in 1979 by our Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan. Our highly entrepreneurial organization has a long history of innovation and business building with the successful ownership and operation of diversified assets, including large- and small-scale media operations in radio, television, and publishing, technology companies, professional sports organizations, and marketing and sales-focused businesses.
Our Value to Target Companies
Emmis is a people-first, culture-forward company. We believe in the value of our talented teams and vesting operating control and responsibility with management teams closest to end customers. We are not passive investors, we are passionate partners, devoted to working with portfolio companies to deliver our skills, assets and relationships to accelerate growth and create value. Emmis has full public-company capabilities to provide technology, corporate finance, tax, accounts payable, strategic planning, corporate development, legal, and human resources. These services can provide expertise and cost synergies unique to partnering with an operator like Emmis. Our preference is to invest in businesses that share Emmis’ belief in the importance of gender and ethnic diversity.
Target Company Characteristics
- $10M – $100M of Revenue, Growing at a rate >5% per year
- $5M – $20M of EBITDA
- EBITDA margins exceeding 15%
- Strong market positions with room for growth via geographic or marketing expansion, or industry consolidation
- Strong preference toward organizations that prioritize gender and ethnic diversity
Types of Transactions
- Majority recapitalization, change of control transactions, expansion and growth initiatives
- Mergers and acquisitions, industry consolidation opportunities, distressed assets
- Sponsor-led, Management-led, or unsponsored transactions
- Family-owned exits
Emmis Industry Experience & Interests
- Media and Entertainment
- Marketing and Sales
- Consumer and Business Products and Services
- Remote Work and Outsourcing
Types of Investments
- Majority, preferred and common equity
- We lead investments of $10M to $125M
- We do not invest in early stage companies without significant EBITDA
Lencore– Lencore Acoustics is a worldwide leader in sound masking, paging and audio solutions for professional environments, including offices, healthcare, government, education, and commercial applications. Lencore boasts the most complete set of technology and equipment to provide privacy and comfort with its proven ability to increase productivity. Learn more about our unmatched quality, value and service with our team of acoustical experts at Lencore.com
Sound That Brands– Sound That Brands is a content creation studio focused on building high-quality branded podcasts. Simply stated, “We tell great stories that connect people and brands.” From a national beloved grocery chain to the biggest names in entertainment, Sound That Brands has authored some of the most compelling and most-listened-to podcasts series in the entire industry, well beyond that bounds of “branded” content. Learn how your brand can “be the content, not the interruption” at SoundThatBrands.com.
Digonex– Digonex is a dynamic pricing technology company. Our dynamic pricing solutions equip businesses to optimize pricing by detecting and responding to changes in demand. Our mission is to empower you to grow revenue without sacrificing your customers’ loyalty and without giving up control of your pricing strategy. Digonex works with a large portfolio of diverse clients in the attractions, live entertainment, performing arts, and sports industries.
Emmis Radio– Emmis’ portfolio includes an AM station operated by Emmis and a FM station in New York operated by ESPN.
Calamari Productions– Emmis is an investor in Calamari Productions. Calamari Productions specializes in TV series, independent films and digital content distribution. Calamari has created award-winning documentary series and video content for television outlets and networks such as ABC, NBC, MSNBC, A&E, MTV, Hulu, PBS, and Channel 4 (UK), to universities, state governments and advocacy organizations around the globe.
Chairman, CEO, and Founder
With Emmis Since 1979
President and Chief Operating Officer
With Emmis Since 2006
Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer
With Emmis Since 1999
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
With Emmis Since 1998
President, Radio Programming
With Emmis Since 1981
President, Publishing Division/ Chief Strategy Officer
With Emmis Since 2007
SVP, Strategy and Corporate Development
With Emmis Since 2006
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
With Emmis Since 2004
Vice President and Associate General Counsel
With Emmis Since 2015
Vice President of Finance, Assistant Treasurer
With Emmis Since 2000
CEO of Sound that Brands
With Emmis Since 2019