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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
96% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.22 vs. LEE: 0.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
LEE' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0  Med: 0.03 Max: No Debt
Current: 0.02
Equity to Asset -0.21
LEE's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
98% of the 167 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. LEE: -0.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
LEE' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.22  Med: 0.34 Max: 0.72
Current: -0.21
-0.22
0.72
Interest Coverage 1.42
LEE's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
97% of the 111 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 141.94 vs. LEE: 1.42 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
LEE' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.22  Med: 6.88 Max: 12.55
Current: 1.42
0.22
12.55
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 0.56
M-Score: -2.86
WACC vs ROIC
7.55%
11.26%
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 (%) 16.29
LEE's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 6.31 vs. LEE: 16.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
LEE' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -101.97  Med: 19.83 Max: 23.33
Current: 16.29
-101.97
23.33
Net-margin (%) 0.76
LEE's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.62 vs. LEE: 0.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
LEE' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -85.56  Med: 10.02 Max: 73.18
Current: 0.76
-85.56
73.18
ROA (%) 0.62
LEE's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 2.93 vs. LEE: 0.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
LEE' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -33.36  Med: 3.17 Max: 35.78
Current: 0.62
-33.36
35.78
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 54.41
LEE's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 180 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 17.37 vs. LEE: 54.41 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
LEE' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -338.76  Med: 58.92 Max: 100.39
Current: 54.41
-338.76
100.39
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -9.00
LEE's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
75% of the 154 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: -2.60 vs. LEE: -9.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LEE' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -12.2  Med: -0.40 Max: 19.5
Current: -9
-12.2
19.5
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Financials


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

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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

LEE Guru Trades in Q2 2014

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Q3 2014

LEE Guru Trades in Q3 2014

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Q4 2014

LEE Guru Trades in Q4 2014

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Q1 2015

LEE Guru Trades in Q1 2015

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 38.95
LEE's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
75% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 18.90 vs. LEE: 38.95 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
LEE' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 1.52  Med: 19.66 Max: 47.34
Current: 38.95
1.52
47.34
Forward P/E 12.97
LEE's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
62% of the 63 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 14.10 vs. LEE: 12.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 38.80
LEE's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
73% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 18.60 vs. LEE: 38.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
LEE' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 1.53  Med: 18.50 Max: 46.75
Current: 38.8
1.53
46.75
P/S 0.25
LEE's P/S is ranked higher than
86% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.87 vs. LEE: 0.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
LEE' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.24 Max: 3.18
Current: 0.25
0.01
3.18
PFCF 2.26
LEE's PFCF is ranked higher than
96% of the 95 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 17.10 vs. LEE: 2.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
LEE' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 0.14  Med: 2.27 Max: 19.82
Current: 2.26
0.14
19.82
POCF 1.89
LEE's POCF is ranked higher than
96% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 12.14 vs. LEE: 1.89 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
LEE' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 0.12  Med: 1.95 Max: 16.79
Current: 1.89
0.12
16.79
EV-to-EBIT 10.70
LEE's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
58% of the 136 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 12.36 vs. LEE: 10.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
LEE' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -20.8  Med: 8.60 Max: 215.4
Current: 10.7
-20.8
215.4
Current Ratio 0.81
LEE's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
79% of the 169 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.35 vs. LEE: 0.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
LEE' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.1  Med: 0.90 Max: 5.67
Current: 0.81
0.1
5.67
Quick Ratio 0.76
LEE's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
75% of the 169 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. LEE: 0.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
LEE' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.09  Med: 0.82 Max: 5.63
Current: 0.76
0.09
5.63
Days Inventory 66.66
LEE's Days Inventory is ranked lower than
69% of the 161 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 37.62 vs. LEE: 66.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
LEE' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 9.16  Med: 22.21 Max: 87.09
Current: 66.66
9.16
87.09
Days Sales Outstanding 33.09
LEE's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
87% of the 142 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 67.84 vs. LEE: 33.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
LEE' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 32.73  Med: 37.37 Max: 61.89
Current: 33.09
32.73
61.89

Valuation & Return

vs
industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 0.30
LEE's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
93% of the 91 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 0.97 vs. LEE: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
LEE' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.01  Med: 0.37 Max: 2.45
Current: 0.3
0.01
2.45
Price/Median PS Value 1.06
LEE's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
52% of the 145 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.03 vs. LEE: 1.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
LEE' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.06  Med: 9.14 Max: 17.63
Current: 1.06
0.06
17.63
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 0.13
LEE's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked lower than
1036% of the 28 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 1.25 vs. LEE: 0.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value only.
LEE' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.62  Med: 2.12 Max: 4.66
Current: 0.13
0.62
4.66
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 9.31
LEE's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 181 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. LEE: 9.31 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
LEE' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.5  Med: 10.55 Max: 104291.7
Current: 9.31
0.5
104291.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 107.40
LEE's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 100 Companies
in the Global Publishing industry.

( Industry Median: 7.38 vs. LEE: 107.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
LEE' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: 12.6  Med: 66.65 Max: 992.1
Current: 107.4
12.6
992.1

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, and listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1978. It operates as 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. With the exception of St. Louis, Missouri, its 50 daily newspaper markets, across 22 states, are midsize or small. The Company's newspaper markets include Madison, Wisconsin; Lincoln, Nebraska; Davenport, Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; Billings, Montana; Bloomington, Illinois; Tucson, Arizona; and Napa, California. The basic raw material of newspapers, and classified and specialty publications, is newsprint. It purchases newsprints from U.S. and Canadian producers. The Company's platforms include 50 daily and 38 Sunday newspapers with circulation totaling 1.1 million and 1.5 million, respectively, for the six months ended September 2013, read by nearly four million people in print; Websites and mobile and tablet products in all of its markets that complement its newspapers and attracted 23.2 million visitors in September 2013 with 209.1 million page views; and nearly 300 weekly newspapers and classified and niche publications. The Company does not face competition from other local daily newspapers in most of its markets, although there is significant competition for readers and viewers in those markets from other media.
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