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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

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.92
LWAY's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
61% of the 1509 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.50 vs. LWAY: 0.92 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
LWAY' s Cash to Debt Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.3  Med: 1.27 Max: 99.81
Current: 0.92
0.3
99.81
Equity to Asset 0.71
LWAY's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
78% of the 1474 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. LWAY: 0.71 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
LWAY' s Equity to Asset Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.58  Med: 0.72 Max: 0.91
Current: 0.71
0.58
0.91
Interest Coverage 12.99
LWAY's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
55% of the 1019 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 16.98 vs. LWAY: 12.99 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
LWAY' s Interest Coverage Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 10.82  Med: 19.03 Max: 49.69
Current: 12.99
10.82
49.69
F-Score: 9
Z-Score: 8.84
M-Score: -2.95
WACC vs ROIC
9.59%
3.61%
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 (%) 2.86
LWAY's Operating margin (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 1502 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.84 vs. LWAY: 2.86 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
LWAY' s Operating margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.56  Med: 10.80 Max: 16.89
Current: 2.86
3.56
16.89
Net-margin (%) 1.36
LWAY's Net-margin (%) is ranked lower than
64% of the 1506 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.07 vs. LWAY: 1.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
LWAY' s Net-margin (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.64  Med: 6.55 Max: 12.66
Current: 1.36
1.64
12.66
ROE (%) 3.56
LWAY's ROE (%) is ranked lower than
61% of the 1479 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.35 vs. LWAY: 3.56 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
LWAY' s ROE (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 4.46  Med: 12.43 Max: 18.92
Current: 3.56
4.46
18.92
ROA (%) 2.50
LWAY's ROA (%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 1536 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.16 vs. LWAY: 2.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
LWAY' s ROA (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.08  Med: 8.92 Max: 12.93
Current: 2.5
3.08
12.93
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 11.01
LWAY's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 1524 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 11.46 vs. LWAY: 11.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
LWAY' s ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14  Med: 33.17 Max: 48.54
Current: 11.01
14
48.54
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 19.60
LWAY's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1296 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. LWAY: 19.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 8.9  Med: 17.75 Max: 33.3
Current: 19.6
8.9
33.3
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 1.50
LWAY's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
54% of the 1100 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.00 vs. LWAY: 1.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -6.1  Med: 11.25 Max: 29.4
Current: 1.5
-6.1
29.4
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) -11.60
LWAY's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
69% of the 999 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. LWAY: -11.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
LWAY' s EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -11.6  Med: 11.10 Max: 34.7
Current: -11.6
-11.6
34.7
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

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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Q2 2015

LWAY Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Jim Simons 68,000 sh (+15.65%)
Mario Gabelli 283,698 sh (-0.46%)
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Q3 2015

LWAY Guru Trades in Q3 2015

Jim Simons 94,000 sh (+38.24%)
Mario Gabelli 286,098 sh (+0.85%)
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Q4 2015

LWAY Guru Trades in Q4 2015

Jim Simons 120,900 sh (+28.62%)
Mario Gabelli 286,398 sh (+0.10%)
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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 105.60
LWAY's P/E(ttm) is ranked lower than
93% of the 1713 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 20.58 vs. LWAY: 105.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
LWAY' s P/E(ttm) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 23.2  Med: 51.65 Max: 185.2
Current: 105.6
23.2
185.2
Forward P/E 18.21
LWAY's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
61% of the 761 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 16.34 vs. LWAY: 18.21 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 105.60
LWAY's PE(NRI) is ranked lower than
93% of the 1286 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 20.96 vs. LWAY: 105.60 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
LWAY' s PE(NRI) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 22.56  Med: 51.58 Max: 205.78
Current: 105.6
22.56
205.78
P/B 3.73
LWAY's P/B is ranked lower than
77% of the 1977 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. LWAY: 3.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
LWAY' s P/B Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 3.38  Med: 5.25 Max: 12.35
Current: 3.73
3.38
12.35
P/S 1.45
LWAY's P/S is ranked lower than
69% of the 1979 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.81 vs. LWAY: 1.45 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
LWAY' s P/S Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.4  Med: 3.08 Max: 8.75
Current: 1.45
1.4
8.75
PFCF 45.91
LWAY's PFCF is ranked lower than
75% of the 1099 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 23.10 vs. LWAY: 45.91 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
LWAY' s PFCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 20.43  Med: 53.18 Max: 446.33
Current: 45.91
20.43
446.33
POCF 29.33
LWAY's POCF is ranked lower than
78% of the 1516 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 14.60 vs. LWAY: 29.33 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
LWAY' s POCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 17.76  Med: 39.62 Max: 126
Current: 29.33
17.76
126
EV-to-EBIT 54.97
LWAY's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
88% of the 1816 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.99 vs. LWAY: 54.97 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
LWAY' s EV-to-EBIT Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 14.9  Med: 30.10 Max: 83
Current: 54.97
14.9
83
EV-to-EBITDA 29.50
LWAY's EV-to-EBITDA is ranked lower than
83% of the 1894 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 12.38 vs. LWAY: 29.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBITDA only.
LWAY' s EV-to-EBITDA Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 11.8  Med: 23.60 Max: 46.8
Current: 29.5
11.8
46.8
Shiller P/E 45.65
LWAY's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
79% of the 351 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 25.45 vs. LWAY: 45.65 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
LWAY' s Shiller P/E Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 38.67  Med: 64.50 Max: 157.5
Current: 45.65
38.67
157.5
Current Ratio 2.77
LWAY's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
77% of the 1474 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. LWAY: 2.77 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
LWAY' s Current Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.52  Med: 4.00 Max: 17.89
Current: 2.77
1.52
17.89
Quick Ratio 2.05
LWAY's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 1473 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. LWAY: 2.05 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
LWAY' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.13  Med: 3.17 Max: 16.87
Current: 2.05
1.13
16.87
Days Inventory 27.00
LWAY's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
85% of the 1426 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 66.21 vs. LWAY: 27.00 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
LWAY' s Days Inventory Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 25.75  Med: 35.83 Max: 45.29
Current: 27
25.75
45.29
Days Sales Outstanding 32.93
LWAY's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
59% of the 1086 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 39.52 vs. LWAY: 32.93 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
LWAY' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 31.34  Med: 40.15 Max: 51.92
Current: 32.93
31.34
51.92
Days Payable 21.57
LWAY's Days Payable is ranked lower than
80% of the 1062 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 43.24 vs. LWAY: 21.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Payable only.
LWAY' s Days Payable Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 13.33  Med: 29.47 Max: 39.84
Current: 21.57
13.33
39.84

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 0.81
LWAY's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
87% of the 1773 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.05 vs. LWAY: 0.81 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
LWAY' s Dividend Yield Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.4  Med: 0.57 Max: 0.86
Current: 0.81
0.4
0.86
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.81
LWAY's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
86% of the 1780 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.02 vs. LWAY: 0.81 )
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: 0.81
0.4
0.86
3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio 0.20
LWAY's 3-Year Average Share Buyback Ratio is ranked higher than
78% of the 763 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. LWAY: 0.20 )
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: -5.4  Med: 0.15 Max: 0.9
Current: 0.2
-5.4
0.9

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Net Current Asset Value 22.00
LWAY's Price/Net Current Asset Value is ranked lower than
82% of the 871 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.93 vs. LWAY: 22.00 )
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: 20.78 Max: 241
Current: 22
2.95
241
Price/Tangible Book 5.80
LWAY's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
82% of the 1772 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.88 vs. LWAY: 5.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Tangible Book only.
LWAY' s Price/Tangible Book Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.97  Med: 6.88 Max: 17.67
Current: 5.8
1.97
17.67
Price/Projected FCF 2.40
LWAY's Price/Projected FCF is ranked lower than
75% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.04 vs. LWAY: 2.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
LWAY' s Price/Projected FCF Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.41  Med: 3.23 Max: 8.59
Current: 2.4
0.41
8.59
Price/Median PS Value 0.47
LWAY's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
91% of the 1933 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. LWAY: 0.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
LWAY' s Price/Median PS Value Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.45  Med: 1.02 Max: 3.8
Current: 0.47
0.45
3.8
Price/Graham Number 5.23
LWAY's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
91% of the 1549 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.34 vs. LWAY: 5.23 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Graham Number only.
LWAY' s Price/Graham Number Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.1  Med: 3.62 Max: 9.18
Current: 5.23
1.1
9.18
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 1.80
LWAY's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked lower than
70% of the 1482 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. LWAY: 1.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
LWAY' s Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 1.2  Med: 3.30 Max: 6.7
Current: 1.8
1.2
6.7
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) -1.18
LWAY's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
63% of the 698 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.69 vs. LWAY: -1.18 )
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: -1.5  Med: 13.80 Max: 24.1
Current: -1.18
-1.5
24.1

More Statistics

Revenue(Mil) $119
EPS $ 0.10
Beta1.12
Short Percentage of Float2.97%
52-Week Range $9.88 - 22.38
Shares Outstanding(Mil)16.30

Analyst Estimate

Dec15 Dec16 Dec17
Revenue(Mil) 119 129 140
EPS($) 0.15 0.37 0.58
EPS without NRI($) 0.15 0.37 0.58

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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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Lifeway Foods Inc. (LWAY) CFO, Treasurer Edward Smolyansky sells 2,000 Shares Feb 22 2010 
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Lifeway Foods Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Nov 16 2009 
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