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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 0.64
LWAY's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
51% of the 1386 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.63 vs. LWAY: 0.64 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.3  Med: 1.33 Max: N/A
Current: 0.64
Equity to Asset 0.70
LWAY's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
77% of the 1223 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 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.58  Med: 0.72 Max: 0.91
Current: 0.7
0.58
0.91
Interest Coverage 39.56
LWAY's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
54% of the 773 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 28.34 vs. LWAY: 39.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 7  Med: 14.02 Max: 95.16
Current: 39.56
7
95.16
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 13.06
M-Score: -2.48
WACC vs ROIC
16.67%
5.96%
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 (%) 3.72
LWAY's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
55% of the 1389 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.60 vs. LWAY: 3.72 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 7.25  Med: 15.26 Max: 23.38
Current: 3.72
7.25
23.38
Net-margin (%) 2.39
LWAY's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
56% of the 1391 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.14 vs. LWAY: 2.39 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 4.08  Med: 10.33 Max: 14.93
Current: 2.39
4.08
14.93
ROE (%) 6.38
LWAY's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
51% of the 1368 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.70 vs. LWAY: 6.38 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 7.34  Med: 12.84 Max: 21.43
Current: 6.38
7.34
21.43
ROA (%) 4.40
LWAY's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 1409 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.26 vs. LWAY: 4.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 5.51  Med: 10.36 Max: 13.87
Current: 4.4
5.51
13.87
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 14.22
LWAY's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1398 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 10.77 vs. LWAY: 14.22 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 17.23  Med: 33.52 Max: 60.16
Current: 14.22
17.23
60.16
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 19.40
LWAY's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1138 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. LWAY: 19.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 8.9  Med: 16.60 Max: 33.3
Current: 19.4
8.9
33.3
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 5.80
LWAY's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
57% of the 943 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. LWAY: 5.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -6.1  Med: 12.80 Max: 29.4
Current: 5.8
-6.1
29.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 12.10
LWAY's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 858 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.40 vs. LWAY: 12.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -9.8  Med: 13.85 Max: 37.5
Current: 12.1
-9.8
37.5
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

LWAY Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Mario Gabelli 262,000 sh (-0.46%)
Jim Simons 34,600 sh (-4.42%)
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Q3 2014

LWAY Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Mario Gabelli 285,198 sh (+8.85%)
Jim Simons 35,100 sh (+1.45%)
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Q4 2014

LWAY Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Jim Simons 49,800 sh (+41.88%)
Mario Gabelli 284,998 sh (-0.07%)
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Q1 2015

LWAY Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Jim Simons 58,800 sh (+18.07%)
Mario Gabelli 284,998 sh (unchged)
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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 139.09
LWAY's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
93% of the 1066 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 21.50 vs. LWAY: 139.09 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 22.81  Med: 49.63 Max: 150.64
Current: 139.09
22.81
150.64
Forward P/E 43.29
LWAY's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
89% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 16.67 vs. LWAY: 43.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 142.30
LWAY's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
93% of the 1053 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 21.60 vs. LWAY: 142.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 22.56  Med: 49.63 Max: 151.71
Current: 142.3
22.56
151.71
P/B 7.03
LWAY's P/B is ranked lower than
88% of the 1341 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. LWAY: 7.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
LWAY' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 3.38  Med: 5.25 Max: 12.35
Current: 7.03
3.38
12.35
P/S 2.79
LWAY's P/S is ranked lower than
77% of the 1449 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.95 vs. LWAY: 2.79 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
LWAY' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.64  Med: 3.26 Max: 8.75
Current: 2.79
1.64
8.75
PFCF 122.56
LWAY's PFCF is ranked lower than
91% of the 692 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 21.48 vs. LWAY: 122.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
LWAY' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 20.43  Med: 53.04 Max: 446.27
Current: 122.56
20.43
446.27
POCF 53.01
LWAY's POCF is ranked lower than
89% of the 940 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 13.39 vs. LWAY: 53.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
LWAY' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 17.76  Med: 40.12 Max: 126
Current: 53.01
17.76
126
EV-to-EBIT 89.14
LWAY's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
91% of the 1087 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.96 vs. LWAY: 89.14 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
LWAY' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 15.1  Med: 29.80 Max: 88.7
Current: 89.14
15.1
88.7
PEG 9.30
LWAY's PEG is ranked lower than
81% of the 425 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.94 vs. LWAY: 9.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PEG only.
LWAY' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.22  Med: 3.70 Max: 75.21
Current: 9.3
1.22
75.21
Shiller P/E 74.78
LWAY's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
88% of the 650 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 22.79 vs. LWAY: 74.78 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 33.83  Med: 54.62 Max: 126
Current: 74.78
33.83
126
Current Ratio 2.76
LWAY's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 1251 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. LWAY: 2.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.52  Med: 4.00 Max: 17.89
Current: 2.76
1.52
17.89
Quick Ratio 2.01
LWAY's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 1250 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. LWAY: 2.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.13  Med: 3.29 Max: 16.87
Current: 2.01
1.13
16.87
Days Inventory 27.56
LWAY's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
83% of the 1350 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 63.73 vs. LWAY: 27.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 33.49  Med: 41.12 Max: 82.95
Current: 27.56
33.49
82.95
Days Sales Outstanding 31.34
LWAY's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
60% of the 1087 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 38.58 vs. LWAY: 31.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 39.09  Med: 44.16 Max: 51.92
Current: 31.34
39.09
51.92

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.56
LWAY's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
91% of the 1539 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.94 vs. LWAY: 0.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.56
0.4
0.86
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.56
LWAY's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
91% of the 1547 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.87 vs. LWAY: 0.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.56
0.4
0.86
Share Buyback Rate 0.60
LWAY's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
75% of the 715 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: -0.60 vs. LWAY: 0.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0.9  Med: 0.10 Max: -5.4
Current: 0.6

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Net Current Asset Value 51.61
LWAY's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked lower than
92% of the 579 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.62 vs. LWAY: 51.61 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Net Current Asset Value only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Price/Net Current Asset Value Range
Min: 2.95  Med: 17.07 Max: 241
Current: 51.61
2.95
241
Price/Tangible Book 11.27
LWAY's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
92% of the 1266 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.79 vs. LWAY: 11.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.96  Med: 6.05 Max: 17.67
Current: 11.27
1.96
17.67
Price/Projected FCF 4.23
LWAY's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
83% of the 615 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. LWAY: 4.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.4  Med: 3.33 Max: 8.59
Current: 4.23
0.4
8.59
Price/DCF (Earnings Based) 8.03
LWAY's Price/DCF (Earnings Based) is ranked lower than
97% of the 75 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.59 vs. LWAY: 8.03 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/DCF (Earnings Based) only.
N/A
Price/Median PS Value 0.85
LWAY's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
74% of the 1313 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. LWAY: 0.85 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.43  Med: 0.96 Max: 3.51
Current: 0.85
0.43
3.51
Price/Graham Number 8.34
LWAY's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
95% of the 910 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.42 vs. LWAY: 8.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.08  Med: 3.54 Max: 7.41
Current: 8.34
1.08
7.41
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 1.13
LWAY's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
72% of the 1382 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. LWAY: 1.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.1  Med: 3.40 Max: 6.6
Current: 1.13
1.1
6.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -0.26
LWAY's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
57% of the 656 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.02 vs. LWAY: -0.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
LWAY' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -0.3  Med: 13.70 Max: 27.3
Current: -0.26
-0.3
27.3

Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Packaged Foods
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Traded in other countries:LWF.Germany,
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.
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