Lee Enterprises Inc

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LEE : NYSE : Services
$3.72 up 0.08 | 2.20%
Today's Range: 3.56 - 3.74
Avg. Daily Volume: 230,600
09/23/16 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis


LEE ENTERPRISES INC's gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased. LEE ENTERPRISES INC has weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.68 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 24.63% 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 FY16 Q3 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)150.95158.68
EBITDA ($mil)33.7736.28
EBIT ($mil)22.924.88
Net Income ($mil)4.091.88


Balance Sheet Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)21.8718.9
Total Assets ($mil)715.22772.6
Total Debt ($mil)640.28745.0
Equity ($mil)-123.08-163.3


Profitability Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Gross Profit Margin57.7258.49
EBITDA Margin22.3722.86
Operating Margin15.1715.68
Sales Turnover0.870.85
Return on Assets6.212.14
Return on Equity0.00.0
Debt Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Current Ratio0.780.77
Debt/Capital1.241.28
Interest Expense16.9819.57
Interest Coverage1.351.27


Share Data Q3 FY16 Q3 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)55.7854.75
Div / share0.00.0
EPS0.080.03
Book value / share-2.21-2.98
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume212343.0123224.0

Valuation


SELL. LEE ENTERPRISES INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 22.59 for the Media industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.84. Normally, for additional comaprison, we would look at the price-to-book ratio; however, this company's price-to-book ratio is negative making the value useless for comparisons. The price-to-sales ratio is well below both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a discount. After reviewing these and other key valuation criteria, LEE ENTERPRISES INC proves to trade at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.


Price/Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LEE 3.76 Peers 22.59   LEE 2.34 Peers 11.33

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

LEE is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

 

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.

 
Price/Projected
Earnings
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Price to
Earnings/Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LEE 7.52 Peers 23.20   LEE 0.09 Peers 1.18

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

LEE is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

 

Discount. 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.

LEE trades at a significant discount to its peers.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
LEE NM Peers 3.17   LEE 176.66 Peers 13.13

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.

 

Higher. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

LEE is expected to have an earnings growth rate that significantly exceeds its peers.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LEE 0.28 Peers 6.69   LEE -4.93 Peers 12.18

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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