Lee Enterprises Inc

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LEE : NYSE : Services
$3.125 up 0.075 | 2.5%
Today's Range: 3.05 - 3.2
Avg. Daily Volume: 200600.0
01/20/17 - 3:14 PM ET

Financial Analysis


LEE ENTERPRISES INC's gross profit margin for the fourth quarter of its fiscal year 2016 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 0.69 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 19.39% 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 Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)148.18156.1
EBITDA ($mil)34.036.83
EBIT ($mil)23.3125.72
Net Income ($mil)0.49.88


Balance Sheet Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)16.9811.13
Total Assets ($mil)689.13763.48
Total Debt ($mil)617.17725.87
Equity ($mil)-128.49-159.39


Profitability Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Gross Profit Margin58.359.16
EBITDA Margin22.9423.59
Operating Margin15.7316.48
Sales Turnover0.890.85
Return on Assets5.073.05
Return on Equity0.00.0
Debt Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Current Ratio0.780.93
Debt/Capital1.261.28
Interest Expense16.4118.49
Interest Coverage1.421.39


Share Data Q4 FY16 Q4 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)55.7754.68
Div / share0.00.0
EPS0.010.18
Book value / share-2.3-2.92
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume227946.0296573.0

Valuation


SELL. LEE ENTERPRISES INC's P/E ratio indicates a significant discount compared to an average of 30.44 for the Media industry and a significant discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 25.49. 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 4.70 Peers 30.44   LEE 2.18 Peers 11.62

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 7.95 Peers 79.83   LEE NM Peers 2.49

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 3.52   LEE 57.14 Peers 58.62

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.

 

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

LEE is expected to keep pace with its peers on the basis of earnings growth.

 
Price/Sales
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
  Sales Growth
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
LEE 0.28 Peers 6.61   LEE -5.28 Peers 16.44

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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