Lee Enterprises Inc

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LEE : NYSE : Services
$2.6 | %
Today's Range: 2.5 - 2.65
Avg. Daily Volume: 150300.0
03/24/17 - 4:02 PM ET

Financial Analysis


LEE ENTERPRISES INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017 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 0.76 which shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year, indicating improving cash flow.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 21.38% 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 Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Net Sales ($mil)153.99168.41
EBITDA ($mil)39.2644.19
EBIT ($mil)28.8833.24
Net Income ($mil)12.1711.24


Balance Sheet Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)20.111.81
Total Assets ($mil)663.57743.4
Total Debt ($mil)574.04704.0
Equity ($mil)-116.06-147.63


Profitability Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Gross Profit Margin59.7761.19
EBITDA Margin25.4926.23
Operating Margin18.7619.74
Sales Turnover0.90.86
Return on Assets5.43.33
Return on Equity0.00.0
Debt Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Current Ratio0.850.83
Debt/Capital1.251.27
Interest Expense15.918.48
Interest Coverage1.821.8


Share Data Q1 FY17 Q1 FY16
Shares outstanding (mil)56.5755.5
Div / share0.00.0
EPS0.220.21
Book value / share-2.05-2.66
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume155553.0290671.0

Valuation


HOLD. LEE ENTERPRISES INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 21.82 for the Media industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 26.73. 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 4.03 Peers 21.82   LEE 1.87 Peers 12.01

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 6.92 Peers 25.30   LEE NM Peers 2.14

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.

 

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.

LEE's negative PEG ratio makes this valuation measure meaningless.

 
Price/Book
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
LEE NM Peers 3.55   LEE 48.88 Peers 109.26

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.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LEE 0.25 Peers 15.67   LEE -6.22 Peers 17.61

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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