Genius Brands International (GNUS) Lowered to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report issued on Friday.

According to Zacks, “Genius Brands International, Inc. is a multimedia content and brand management company. It provides entertaining and enriching content and products for toddlers to Tweens. The Company’s portfolio includes Baby Genius, Secret Lab, Kid Genius, Mighty 7, Stan Lee Comics and Secret Millionaires Club, Llama Llama and a tween adventure series, Space Pop. Genius Brands International, Inc. is headquartered in Beverly Hills, USA. “

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the stock. Westpark Capital restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $7.00 price target on shares of Genius Brands International in a research report on Thursday, September 7th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Genius Brands International from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Monday, September 11th.

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) traded up $0.20 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $2.81. 40,469 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 66,500. The firm has a market capitalization of $19.90, a price-to-earnings ratio of -2.46 and a beta of -105.30. Genius Brands International has a 52-week low of $2.01 and a 52-week high of $6.06. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a quick ratio of 2.12 and a current ratio of 2.13.

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 15th. The company reported ($0.20) EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.26) by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $0.26 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $0.19 million. Genius Brands International had a negative net margin of 642.35% and a negative return on equity of 49.40%. analysts expect that Genius Brands International will post -0.53 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, CEO Andy Heyward bought 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, October 13th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $3.53 per share, with a total value of $88,250.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Andrew A. Heyward bought 7,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, October 9th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $3.39 per share, with a total value of $25,425.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders acquired 106,097 shares of company stock valued at $374,278. Insiders own 60.00% of the company’s stock.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Genius Brands International stock. Bard Associates Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) by 1.0% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 634,603 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 6,550 shares during the period. Genius Brands International accounts for about 1.0% of Bard Associates Inc.’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 29th biggest holding. Bard Associates Inc.’s holdings in Genius Brands International were worth $2,170,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Institutional investors own 11.26% of the company’s stock.

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Genius Brands International Company Profile

Genius Brands International, Inc is a content and brand management company. The Company provides entertaining and enriching content and products with a purpose for toddlers to tweens. The Company produces original content and licenses the rights to that content to a range of partners. Its licensees include companies to which the audio-visual rights are licensed for exhibition in various formats, such as Pay Television, Free or Broadcast Television, video-on-demand (VOD), subscription on demand (SVOD) and digital video discs/compact discs (DVDs/CDs), and companies that develop and distribute products based on its content within different product categories, such as toys, electronics, publishing, home goods, stationary and gifts.

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