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Executive Summary

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


Snowflake Analysis

Slightly overvalued with weak fundamentals.


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Share Price & News

How has Lee Enterprises's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: LEE has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

4.6%

LEE

1.6%

US Media

3.9%

US Market


1 Year Return

-58.1%

LEE

8.4%

US Media

18.5%

US Market

Return vs Industry: LEE underperformed the US Media industry which returned 7.7% over the past year.

Return vs Market: LEE underperformed the US Market which returned 17.2% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

LEEIndustryMarket
7 Day4.6%1.6%3.9%
30 Day-4.4%0.2%-4.3%
90 Day-14.9%13.8%8.1%
1 Year-58.1%-58.1%9.9%8.4%21.2%18.5%
3 Year-64.3%-64.3%16.8%12.2%38.2%29.0%
5 Year-62.9%-62.9%51.4%40.9%84.3%63.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Lee Enterprises's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?


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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 ($0.84) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($4.49)

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


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: LEE is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US Media industry average.

PE vs Market: LEE is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.


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.


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Future Growth

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

22.6%

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.


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Past Performance

How has Lee Enterprises performed over the past 5 years?

-15.9%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: LEE is currently unprofitable.

Growing Profit Margin: LEE is currently unprofitable.


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: LEE is unprofitable, and losses have increased over the past 5 years at a rate of 15.9% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare LEE's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: LEE is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the Media industry (-11%).


Return on Equity

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


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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 (9%).

Interest Coverage: LEE is unprofitable, therefore interest payments are not well covered by earnings.


Balance Sheet


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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: LEE is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.


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.


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Management

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

5.6yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Kevin Mowbray (58 yo)

4.58yrs

Tenure

US$1,842,800

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 ($USD1.84M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD598.77K).

Compensation vs Earnings: Kevin's compensation has increased whilst the company is unprofitable.


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Kevin Mowbray
President4.58yrsUS$1.84m1.49%
$ 728.8k
Timothy Millage
VP, CFO & Treasurer2.42yrsUS$541.51k0.16%
$ 80.2k
Michele White
VP of IT & Chief Information Officer9.25yrsno datano data
Astrid Garcia
Vice President of Human Resources & Legal6.75yrsno datano data
Charles Arms
Corporate Communications Manager5.58yrsno datano data
John Humenik
VP of News & Chief Content Officer5.58yrsUS$554.82k0.23%
$ 114.6k
C. Waterman
Board Secretaryno datano data0.015%
$ 7.4k
Joshua Trust
President & Publisher River Valley Media Groupno datano datano data
Jamie Seratt
Corporate Controllerno datano datano data

5.6yrs

Average Tenure

57.5yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: LEE's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.6 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Kevin Mowbray
President4.58yrsUS$1.84m1.49%
$ 728.8k
Mary Junck
Chairman of the Board18.67yrsUS$959.91k2.77%
$ 1.4m
Gregory Schermer
Director21.67yrsUS$100.00k2.38%
$ 1.2m
William Mayer
Independent Director22.67yrsUS$103.00k0.26%
$ 127.9k
Herbert Moloney
Independent Lead Director5.67yrsUS$139.00k0.24%
$ 119.3k
David Pearson
Independent Director0.58yrno data0.052%
$ 25.5k
Steven Fletcher
Independent Director0.58yrno data0.086%
$ 42.3k
Richard Cole
Independent Director14.58yrsUS$102.00k0.23%
$ 113.4k
Brent Magid
Independent Director10yrsUS$114.00k0.22%
$ 108.1k
Margaret Liberman
Independent Director1.25yrsUS$33.28k0.069%
$ 33.9k

7.8yrs

Average Tenure

62yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: LEE's board of directors are considered experienced (7.8 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 company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Lee Enterprises, Incorporated
  • Ticker: LEE
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1890
  • Industry: Publishing
  • Sector: Media
  • Market Cap: US$48.951m
  • Shares outstanding: 58.36m
  • Website: https://www.lee.net

Number of Employees


Location

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

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
LEENYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1969
LE7DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1969

Biography

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 ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/10/01 00:36
End of Day Share Price2020/09/30 00:00
Earnings2020/06/28
Annual Earnings2019/09/29


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.