Lee Enterprises, Incorporated provides local news and information, and advertising services in the United States.
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Good value with poor track record.
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's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: LEE underperformed the US Media industry which returned -14.3% over the past year.
Return vs Market: LEE underperformed the US Market which returned -11.9% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Lee Enterprises's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
4 days ago | Simply Wall StNeed To Know: Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE:LEE) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares
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1 month ago | Simply Wall StShould You Like Lee Enterprises, Incorporated’s (NYSE:LEE) High Return On Capital Employed?
Is Lee Enterprises undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Undervalued compared to fair value
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: LEE ($1.13) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($4.9)
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 (6.8x) compared to the Media industry average (10x).
PE vs Market: LEE is good value based on its PE Ratio (6.8x) compared to the US market (13x).
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.
How is Lee Enterprises forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?
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.
- Examine whether Lee Enterprises is trading at an attractive price based on how much it is expected to earn in the future, and relative to its industry peers and the wider market.
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How has Lee Enterprises performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: LEE has a large one-off loss of $16.9M impacting its December 29 2019 financial results.
Growing Profit Margin: LEE's current net profit margins (1.9%) are lower than last year (4%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: LEE's earnings have grown by 2.8% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: LEE's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: LEE had negative earnings growth (-56.9%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Media industry average (6%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: LEE's liabilities exceed its assets, so it is difficult to calculate its Return on Equity.
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 (11.5%).
Interest Coverage: LEE's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (1.4x coverage).
Inventory Level: LEE has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.
Debt Coverage by Assets: LEE has negative shareholder equity (liabilities exceed assets) therefore debt is not covered by short term assets.
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 payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate LEE's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any 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.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Kevin Mowbray (57yo)
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 ($USD602.37K).
Compensation vs Earnings: Kevin's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.
|VP, CFO & Treasurer||1.92yrs||US$541.51k||0.16% $108.0k|
|VP of IT & Chief Information Officer||8.75yrs||no data||no data|
|Vice President of Human Resources & Legal||6.25yrs||no data||no data|
|Corporate Communications Manager||5yrs||no data||no data|
|VP of News & Chief Content Officer||5yrs||US$554.82k||0.23% $154.3k|
|Board Secretary||no data||no data||0.015% $9.9k|
|President & Publisher River Valley Media Group||no data||no data||no data|
|Corporate Controller||no data||no data||no data|
Experienced Management: LEE's management team is seasoned and experienced (5 years average tenure).
|Chairman of the Board||18.17yrs||US$959.91k||2.78% $1.8m|
|Independent Director||22.17yrs||US$103.00k||0.21% $137.8k|
|Lead Director||5.17yrs||US$139.00k||0.20% $131.1k|
|Independent Director||0.083yr||no data||no data|
|Independent Director||0.083yr||no data||0.017% $11.3k|
|Independent Director||14yrs||US$102.00k||0.18% $119.8k|
|Independent Director||9.5yrs||US$114.00k||0.17% $113.2k|
|Independent Director||0.75yr||US$33.28k||0.017% $11.3k|
Experienced Board: LEE's board of directors are considered experienced (7.3 years average tenure).
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
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Lee Enterprises, Incorporated
- Ticker: LEE
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 1890
- Industry: Publishing
- Sector: Media
- Market Cap: US$65.694m
- Shares outstanding: 58.14m
- Website: https://www.lee.net
Number of Employees
- Lee Enterprises, Incorporated
- 4600 E. 53rd Street
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|LEE||NYSE (New York Stock Exchange)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Jan 1969|
|LE7||DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)||Yes||Common Stock||DE||EUR||Jan 1969|
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 local retail, classified, national, and digital advertising through Websites and mobile apps, as well as digital marketing services to small to medium businesses, including search engine marketing, social media, audience extension, business profiles, and Website hosting and design. In addition, the company offers integrated digital publishing and content management solutions for creating, distributing, and monetizing multimedia content for daily and weekly newspapers, as well as universities, television stations, and niche publications. Further, it provides commercial printing services; distributes third party publications; and operates a digital marketing agency. Additionally, the company publishes 9 daily newspapers, and approximately 60 weekly newspapers and specialty publications. Lee Enterprises, Incorporated was founded in 1890 and is based in Davenport, Iowa.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2020/03/29 00:37|
|End of Day Share Price||2020/03/27 00:00|
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.