LEE ENTERPRISES INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2014 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. LEE ENTERPRISES INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.65 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.
At the same time, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has significantly decreased by 60.46% from the same quarter last year. Overall, the key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the future.
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|Income Statement||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Net Sales ($mil)||163.13||167.02|
|Net Income ($mil)||-9.75||1.8|
|Balance Sheet||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Cash & Equiv. ($mil)||17.76||11.63|
|Total Assets ($mil)||828.17||989.03|
|Total Debt ($mil)||815.0||859.37|
|Profitability||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Gross Profit Margin||57.36||56.41|
|Return on Assets||-10.27||0.72|
|Return on Equity||0.0||0.0|
|Debt||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Share Data||Q3 FY14||Q3 FY13|
|Shares outstanding (mil)||53.69||52.39|
|Div / share||0.0||0.0|
|Book value / share||-3.09||-1.97|
|Institutional Own %||n/a||n/a|
|Avg Daily Volume||338136.0||398632.0|
SELL. The current P/E ratio is negative, which has no meaningful value in the assessment of premium or discount valuation, it simply displays that the company has negative earnings. Along with this, the price-to-book ratio is also meaningless due to a negative book value for the company, making any comparisons useless. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount.
|LEE NM||Peers 23.48||LEE 1.97||Peers 33.88|
Neutral. The absence of a valid P/E ratio happens when a stock can not be valued on the basis of a negative stream of earnings.
LEE's P/E is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.
Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.
LEE is trading at a significant discount to its peers.
|LEE NA||Peers 27.64||LEE NA||Peers 1.29|
Neutral. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth potential.
Ratio not available.
Neutral. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.
Ratio not available.
|LEE NM||Peers 6.08||LEE -925.00||Peers -2.69|
Neutral. A lower price-to-book ratio makes a stock more attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.
LEE's P/B is negative making this valuation measure meaningless.
Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.
However, LEE is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.
|LEE 0.31||Peers 2.81||LEE -5.01||Peers 20.75|
Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.
LEE is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.
Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.
LEE significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth
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