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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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.25
LWAY's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
64% of the 1604 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.51 vs. LWAY: 1.25 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
LWAY' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 1.04 Max: 99.81
Current: 1.25
0.3
99.81
Equity to Asset 0.70
LWAY's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
75% of the 1563 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. LWAY: 0.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
LWAY' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.58  Med: 0.71 Max: 0.91
Current: 0.7
0.58
0.91
Interest Coverage 26.35
LWAY's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
55% of the 1406 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 18.86 vs. LWAY: 26.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
LWAY' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.82  Med: 18.27 Max: 49.69
Current: 26.35
10.82
49.69
F-Score: 8
Z-Score: 8.82
M-Score: -2.82
WACC vs ROIC
4.91%
6.32%
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 : 8/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 4.66
LWAY's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 1602 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.43 vs. LWAY: 4.66 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
LWAY' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.56  Med: 10.08 Max: 16.58
Current: 4.66
3.56
16.58
Net-margin (%) 2.70
LWAY's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
58% of the 1604 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.66 vs. LWAY: 2.70 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
LWAY' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.64  Med: 5.66 Max: 10.45
Current: 2.7
1.64
10.45
ROE (%) 7.14
LWAY's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1561 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 7.76 vs. LWAY: 7.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
LWAY' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.38  Med: 11.54 Max: 18.92
Current: 7.14
4.38
18.92
ROA (%) 5.05
LWAY's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1637 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.64 vs. LWAY: 5.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
LWAY' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.07  Med: 7.76 Max: 12.93
Current: 5.05
3.07
12.93
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 16.76
LWAY's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1627 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 13.05 vs. LWAY: 16.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
LWAY' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13.48  Med: 29.19 Max: 44.41
Current: 16.76
13.48
44.41
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 13.50
LWAY's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1380 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. LWAY: 13.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 9.3  Med: 17.1 Max: 33.4
Current: 13.5
9.3
33.4
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -13.50
LWAY's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
79% of the 1203 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. LWAY: -13.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -13.5  Med: 10.2 Max: 26.8
Current: -13.5
-13.5
26.8
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -29.30
LWAY's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
84% of the 1079 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. LWAY: -29.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -29.3  Med: 10.2 Max: 34.7
Current: -29.3
-29.3
34.7
» LWAY's 10-Y Financials

Financials (Next Earnings Date: Est. 2017-08-17)


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

Q4 2015

LWAY Guru Trades in Q4 2015

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Mario Gabelli 286,398 sh (+0.10%)
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LWAY Guru Trades in Q1 2016

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LWAY Guru Trades in Q2 2016

Jim Simons 140,000 sh (+8.44%)
Mario Gabelli 290,704 sh (+1.50%)
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LWAY Guru Trades in Q3 2016

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Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Packaged Foods    NAICS: 311514    SIC: 2023
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Traded in other countries:LWF.Germany,
Lifeway Foods Inc manufactures probiotic, cultured, functional dairy and non-dairy health food products.

Lifeway Foods Inc an Illinois corporation, commenced operations in February 1986, and was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois on May 19, 1986. The Company's main business activity is the manufacturing of probiotic, cultured, functional dairy and non-dairy health food products. Its main products are kefir, a drinkable dairy beverage similar to but distinct from yogurt, in several flavors sold under the name 'Lifeway Kefir' and 'Helios Nutrition Organic Kefir'; a line of yogurts sold under the 'Lassi' brand; and 'BasicsPlus,' a dairy based immune-supporting dietary supplement beverage. In addition to the drinkable products, Lifeway manufactures 'Lifeway Farmer Cheese,' a line of various farmer cheeses, a line of gourmet cream cheeses, and 'Sweet Kiss,' a fruit sugar-flavored spreadable cheese similar in consistency to cream cheese. The Company also manufactures and markets a vegetable-based seasoning under the 'Golden Zesta' brand. Lifeway manufactures all of its products at Company-owned facilities and distributes its products throughout the United States. In the Chicago metropolitan area, Lifeway distributes its products on its own trucks and via one distributor. The Company directly distributes its products in the Philadelphia and Tri State metropolitan areas using its own trucks. The Company is subject to regulation by federal, state and local governmental authorities regarding the distribution and sale of food products.

Ratios

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history
P/E(ttm) 58.02
LWAY's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
87% of the 1267 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.26 vs. LWAY: 58.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
LWAY' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 23.2  Med: 53.26 Max: 185.2
Current: 58.02
23.2
185.2
Forward P/E 39.06
LWAY's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
96% of the 137 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 17.21 vs. LWAY: 39.06 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 58.02
LWAY's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
87% of the 1261 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 18.84 vs. LWAY: 58.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
LWAY' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 23.2  Med: 53.49 Max: 185.2
Current: 58.02
23.2
185.2
Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) 84.60
LWAY's Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) is ranked lower than
90% of the 682 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 20.93 vs. LWAY: 84.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) only.
LWAY' s Price/Owner Earnings (ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 23.41  Med: 83.16 Max: 773.33
Current: 84.6
23.41
773.33
P/B 4.17
LWAY's P/B is ranked lower than
80% of the 1537 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.61 vs. LWAY: 4.17 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
LWAY' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.05  Med: 5.16 Max: 12.33
Current: 4.17
3.05
12.33
P/S 1.53
LWAY's P/S is ranked lower than
64% of the 1553 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.96 vs. LWAY: 1.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
LWAY' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.19  Med: 2.77 Max: 8.74
Current: 1.53
1.19
8.74
PFCF 49.35
LWAY's PFCF is ranked lower than
83% of the 611 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 17.40 vs. LWAY: 49.35 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
LWAY' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 20.43  Med: 60.13 Max: 407.19
Current: 49.35
20.43
407.19
POCF 28.72
LWAY's POCF is ranked lower than
83% of the 859 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 11.13 vs. LWAY: 28.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
LWAY' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 17.8  Med: 39.83 Max: 128.57
Current: 28.72
17.8
128.57
EV-to-EBIT 36.50
LWAY's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
82% of the 1288 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.09 vs. LWAY: 36.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
LWAY' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.9  Med: 31.1 Max: 83.1
Current: 36.5
14.9
83.1
EV-to-EBITDA 23.11
LWAY's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
78% of the 1333 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 11.69 vs. LWAY: 23.11 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
LWAY' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.8  Med: 23.5 Max: 46.8
Current: 23.11
11.8
46.8
Shiller P/E 51.94
LWAY's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
78% of the 264 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 27.61 vs. LWAY: 51.94 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
LWAY' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 37.58  Med: 61.89 Max: 157.5
Current: 51.94
37.58
157.5
Current Ratio 2.56
LWAY's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
74% of the 1587 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. LWAY: 2.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
LWAY' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.52  Med: 3.65 Max: 17.89
Current: 2.56
1.52
17.89
Quick Ratio 1.78
LWAY's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
73% of the 1587 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. LWAY: 1.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
LWAY' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.13  Med: 2.71 Max: 16.87
Current: 1.78
1.13
16.87
Days Inventory 35.09
LWAY's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
77% of the 1494 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 64.79 vs. LWAY: 35.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
LWAY' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 25.75  Med: 35.01 Max: 45.29
Current: 35.09
25.75
45.29
Days Sales Outstanding 30.88
LWAY's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
62% of the 1162 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 40.14 vs. LWAY: 30.88 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
LWAY' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 29.56  Med: 39.41 Max: 51.92
Current: 30.88
29.56
51.92
Days Payable 36.52
LWAY's Days Payable is ranked lower than
59% of the 1051 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 43.67 vs. LWAY: 36.52 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
LWAY' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 22.11  Med: 30.91 Max: 39.84
Current: 36.52
22.11
39.84

Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Growth (3y) -100.00
LWAY's Dividend Growth (3y) is ranked lower than
83% of the 694 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. LWAY: -100.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Growth (3y) only.
LWAY' s Dividend Growth (3y) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0  Med: 0 Max: -100
Current: -100
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.73
LWAY's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
86% of the 2019 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.49 vs. LWAY: 0.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
LWAY' s Yield on cost (5-Year) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.4  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.73
0.4
0.86
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.30
LWAY's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 715 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. LWAY: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio only.
LWAY' s 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -4.6  Med: 0.2 Max: 0.9
Current: 0.3
-4.6
0.9

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Net Current Asset Value 18.87
LWAY's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked lower than
81% of the 694 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.98 vs. LWAY: 18.87 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Current Asset Value only.
LWAY' s Price/Net Current Asset Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.95  Med: 21.54 Max: 241
Current: 18.87
2.95
241
Price/Tangible Book 5.84
LWAY's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
84% of the 1446 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.75 vs. LWAY: 5.84 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
LWAY' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.97  Med: 7.13 Max: 17.72
Current: 5.84
1.97
17.72
Price/Projected FCF 2.67
LWAY's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
73% of the 673 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. LWAY: 2.67 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
LWAY' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 3.2 Max: 8.59
Current: 2.67
0.41
8.59
Price/Median PS Value 0.55
LWAY's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
92% of the 1278 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.11 vs. LWAY: 0.55 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
LWAY' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.46  Med: 1.11 Max: 4.19
Current: 0.55
0.46
4.19
Price/Graham Number 3.81
LWAY's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
88% of the 1034 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.33 vs. LWAY: 3.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
LWAY' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.1  Med: 3.65 Max: 9.18
Current: 3.81
1.1
9.18
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 2.73
LWAY's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
66% of the 1585 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. LWAY: 2.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
LWAY' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.2  Med: 3.2 Max: 6.7
Current: 2.73
1.2
6.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -0.80
LWAY's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
65% of the 745 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.61 vs. LWAY: -0.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
LWAY' s Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -2.3  Med: 12.6 Max: 16.5
Current: -0.8
-2.3
16.5

More Statistics

Revenue (TTM) (Mil) $123.2
EPS (TTM) $ 0.21
Beta0.36
Short Percentage of Float2.93%
52-Week Range $8.68 - 18.48
Shares Outstanding (Mil)16.14

Analyst Estimate

Dec16 Dec17
Revenue (Mil $) 125 133
EPS ($) 0.24 0.30
EPS w/o NRI ($) 0.24 0.30
EPS Growth Rate
(3Y to 5Y Estimate)
10.00%
Dividends Per Share ($)
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Lifeway Foods Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Nov 15 2010 
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Lifeway Foods Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) May 17 2010 
Lifeway Foods Inc. (LWAY) CFO, Treasurer Edward Smolyansky sells 2,000 Shares Feb 22 2010 
Lifeway Foods Inc. (LWAY) CFO, Treasurer Edward Smolyansky sells 1,500 Shares Jan 04 2010 
Lifeway Foods Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Nov 16 2009 

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