company background image
LEE

Lee EnterprisesNasdaqGS:LEE Stock Report

Market Cap

US$138.4m

7D

-0.2%

1Y

200.5%

Updated

23 Sep, 2021

Data

Company Financials
LEE fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Valuation4/6
Future Growth0/6
Past Performance2/6
Financial Health0/6
Dividends0/6

LEE Overview

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated provides local news and information, and advertising services in the United States.

Lee Enterprises Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Lee Enterprises
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$24.10
52 Week HighUS$7.60
52 Week LowUS$36.51
Beta1.53
1 Month Change5.24%
3 Month Change-18.99%
1 Year Change200.50%
3 Year Change-10.74%
5 Year Change-32.11%
Change since IPO-84.39%

Recent News & Updates

Shareholder Returns

LEEUS MediaUS Market
7D-0.2%-1.1%-0.5%
1Y200.5%31.4%37.5%

Return vs Industry: LEE exceeded the US Media industry which returned 31.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: LEE exceeded the US Market which returned 36.2% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is LEE's price volatile compared to industry and market?
LEE volatility
LEE Beta1.53
Industry Beta1.15
Market Beta1

Stable Share Price: LEE is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 7% a week.

Volatility Over Time: LEE's weekly volatility (7%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

FoundedEmployeesCEOWebsite
18905,069Kevin Mowbrayhttps://www.lee.net

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated provides local news and information, and advertising services in the United States. The company offers print and digital editions of daily, weekly, and monthly newspapers and publications; and digital services, including Web hosting and content management for other content producers. It also provides advertising and marketing services, such as audience extension, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, web and mobile production, social media services, and reputation monitoring and management, as well as digital marketing services to small to medium businesses, including search engine marketing and social media.

Lee Enterprises Fundamentals Summary

How do Lee Enterprises's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
LEE fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$138.45m
Earnings (TTM)US$16.21m
Revenue (TTM)US$792.50m

8.8x

P/E Ratio

0.2x

P/S Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
LEE income statement (TTM)
RevenueUS$792.50m
Cost of RevenueUS$366.55m
Gross ProfitUS$425.96m
ExpensesUS$409.75m
EarningsUS$16.21m

Last Reported Earnings

Jun 27, 2021

Next Earnings Date

Dec 02, 2021

Earnings per share (EPS)2.85
Gross Margin53.75%
Net Profit Margin2.05%
Debt/Equity Ratio-5,732.7%

How did LEE perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison

Valuation

Is Lee Enterprises undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

>50%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: LEE ($24.1) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($80.96)

Significantly Below Fair Value: LEE is trading below fair value by more than 20%.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: LEE is good value based on its PE Ratio (8.8x) compared to the US Media industry average (12.7x).

PE vs Market: LEE is good value based on its PE Ratio (8.8x) compared to the US market (17.7x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate LEE's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: LEE has negative assets, so we can't compare its PB Ratio to the US Media industry average.


Future Growth

How is Lee Enterprises forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?

13.8%

Forecasted Media industry annual growth in earnings


In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Lee Enterprises has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.


Past Performance

How has Lee Enterprises performed over the past 5 years?

-32.6%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: LEE has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: LEE became profitable in the past.


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: LEE's earnings have declined by 32.6% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: LEE has become profitable in the last year, making the earnings growth rate difficult to compare to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: LEE has become profitable in the last year, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Media industry (96.3%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: LEE's liabilities exceed its assets, so it is difficult to calculate its Return on Equity.


Financial Health

How is Lee Enterprises's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: LEE has negative shareholder equity, which is a more serious situation than short term assets not covering short term liabilities.

Long Term Liabilities: LEE has negative shareholder equity, which is a more serious situation than short term assets not covering long term liabilities.


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: LEE has negative shareholder equity, which is a more serious situation than a high debt level.

Reducing Debt: LEE's has negative shareholder equity, so we do not need to check if its debt has reduced over time.

Debt Coverage: LEE's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (11.3%).

Interest Coverage: LEE's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (1.2x coverage).


Balance Sheet


Dividend

What is Lee Enterprises's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate LEE's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate LEE's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if LEE's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if LEE's dividend payments have been increasing.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of LEE's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.


Next Steps

Management

How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?

6.1yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Kevin Mowbray (59 yo)

5.58yrs

Tenure

US$1,187,428

Compensation

Mr. Kevin D. Mowbray is a Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (“Lee”) since February 17, 2016. Prior to his election as CEO, Mr. Mowbray was Executive Vice Pre...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Kevin's total compensation ($USD1.19M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD551.14K).

Compensation vs Earnings: Kevin's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.


Leadership Team

Experienced Management: LEE's management team is seasoned and experienced (6.1 years average tenure).


Board Members

Experienced Board: LEE's board of directors are considered experienced (6.1 years average tenure).


Ownership

Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Lee Enterprises, Incorporated's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Lee Enterprises, Incorporated
  • Ticker: LEE
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1890
  • Industry: Publishing
  • Sector: Media
  • Market Cap: US$138.450m
  • Shares outstanding: 5.89m
  • Website: https://www.lee.net

Number of Employees


Location

  • Lee Enterprises, Incorporated
  • 4600 E. 53rd Street
  • Davenport
  • Iowa
  • 52807
  • United States

Listings


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/09/23 22:56
End of Day Share Price2021/09/23 00:00
Earnings2021/06/27
Annual Earnings2020/09/27


Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.