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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 4/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.02
LEE's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
98% of the 191 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. LEE: 0.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
LEE' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0.03 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.02
Equity to Asset -0.20
LEE's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
98% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.54 vs. LEE: -0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
LEE' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -0.22  Med: 0.31 Max: 0.72
Current: -0.2
-0.22
0.72
Interest Coverage 1.53
LEE's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
94% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 12.26 vs. LEE: 1.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
LEE' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.22  Med: 1.47 Max: 2.36
Current: 1.53
0.22
2.36
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 0.69
M-Score: -2.87
WACC vs ROIC
7.28%
12.06%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 16.90
LEE's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.82 vs. LEE: 16.90 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
LEE' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -101.97  Med: 8.21 Max: 19.91
Current: 16.9
-101.97
19.91
Net-margin (%) 3.87
LEE's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
51% of the 187 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. LEE: 3.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
LEE' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -85.56  Med: -0.67 Max: 7.18
Current: 3.87
-85.56
7.18
ROA (%) 3.21
LEE's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
55% of the 192 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 2.58 vs. LEE: 3.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
LEE' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -33.36  Med: -0.34 Max: 3.12
Current: 3.21
-33.36
3.12
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 73.93
LEE's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 188 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 16.16 vs. LEE: 73.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
LEE' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -338.76  Med: 42.84 Max: 71.63
Current: 73.93
-338.76
71.63
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -5.70
LEE's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: -2.60 vs. LEE: -5.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LEE' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -12.2  Med: -0.40 Max: 19.5
Current: -5.7
-12.2
19.5
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 4.20
LEE's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. LEE: 4.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LEE' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -71.2  Med: 4.20 Max: 17.6
Current: 4.2
-71.2
17.6
» LEE's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2016-05-07)


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 4.93
LEE's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
90% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 16.07 vs. LEE: 4.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
LEE' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.52  Med: 16.79 Max: 47.34
Current: 4.93
1.52
47.34
PE(NRI) 4.93
LEE's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
91% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 16.20 vs. LEE: 4.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
LEE' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.53  Med: 14.42 Max: 46.75
Current: 4.93
1.53
46.75
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 1.82
LEE's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked higher than
96% of the 91 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 15.90 vs. LEE: 1.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
LEE' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.48  Med: 3.18 Max: 16.46
Current: 1.82
0.48
16.46
P/S 0.20
LEE's P/S is ranked higher than
90% of the 184 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. LEE: 0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
LEE' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.20 Max: 2.67
Current: 0.2
0.01
2.67
PFCF 1.84
LEE's PFCF is ranked higher than
95% of the 81 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 14.26 vs. LEE: 1.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
LEE' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.15  Med: 2.02 Max: 15.25
Current: 1.84
0.15
15.25
POCF 1.64
LEE's POCF is ranked higher than
95% of the 105 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 10.18 vs. LEE: 1.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
LEE' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.12  Med: 1.74 Max: 13.32
Current: 1.64
0.12
13.32
EV-to-EBIT 7.36
LEE's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
74% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 13.00 vs. LEE: 7.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
LEE' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -21  Med: 8.60 Max: 24.7
Current: 7.36
-21
24.7
EV-to-EBITDA 5.25
LEE's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked higher than
73% of the 150 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 9.38 vs. LEE: 5.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
LEE' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -1223.8  Med: 5.90 Max: 172.4
Current: 5.25
-1223.8
172.4
Current Ratio 0.83
LEE's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
79% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.48 vs. LEE: 0.83 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
LEE' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.1  Med: 0.89 Max: 5.67
Current: 0.83
0.1
5.67
Quick Ratio 0.79
LEE's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
77% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. LEE: 0.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
LEE' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.82 Max: 5.63
Current: 0.79
0.09
5.63
Days Inventory 61.82
LEE's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
66% of the 162 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 35.99 vs. LEE: 61.82 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
LEE' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.93  Med: 58.30 Max: 87.09
Current: 61.82
14.93
87.09
Days Sales Outstanding 37.92
LEE's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
88% of the 139 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 71.15 vs. LEE: 37.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
LEE' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 33.15  Med: 35.03 Max: 38.93
Current: 37.92
33.15
38.93
Days Payable 233.96
LEE's Days Payable is ranked higher than
83% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 77.65 vs. LEE: 233.96 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
LEE' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 34.77  Med: 181.83 Max: 261.74
Current: 233.96
34.77
261.74

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 0.20
LEE's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
97% of the 99 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. LEE: 0.20 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
LEE' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.35 Max: 2.45
Current: 0.2
0.01
2.45
Price/Median PS Value 0.94
LEE's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
67% of the 158 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.01 vs. LEE: 0.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
LEE' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.07  Med: 8.21 Max: 21.18
Current: 0.94
0.07
21.18
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.10
LEE's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
99.99% of the 30 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.91 vs. LEE: 0.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
LEE' s Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.63  Med: 2.28 Max: 5.6
Current: 0.1
0.63
5.6
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 13.52
LEE's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
83% of the 190 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. LEE: 13.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
LEE' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.1  Med: 9.40 Max: 37007.4
Current: 13.52
4.1
37007.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 150.13
LEE's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 105 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 5.60 vs. LEE: 150.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
LEE' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 15.7  Med: 74.10 Max: 992.1
Current: 150.13
15.7
992.1

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $641
EPS $ 0.45
Beta2.14
Short Percentage of Float7.78%
52-Week Range $1.15 - 3.43
Shares Outstanding(Mil)55.53

Business Description

Industry: Publishing » Publishing
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Traded in other countries:LE7.Germany,
Lee Enterprises Inc was founded in 1890, incorporated in 1950. The Company is a provider of local news and information, and a platform for advertising, in the markets it serves, which are located in the Midwest, Mountain West and West regions of the United States. Its products include: 50 daily and 38 Sunday newspapers with print and digital subscribers totaling 0.9 million and 1.3 million; and Nearly 300 weekly newspapers and classified and niche publications. The Company operates in midsize markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a joint interest in four others. The Company's newspapers include: St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Capital Newspapers; The Times; Arizona Daily Star; Lincoln Group; Billings Gazette; Central Illinois Newspaper Group; Quad-Cities Group; The Courier; among others. It purchases newsprint from U.S. and Canadian producers. The Company does not face competition from other local daily newspapers in its markets, although there is competition for audience in those markets from other media.
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