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Lifeway Foods Inc is a packaged foods business based in the US. Lifeway Foods shares (LWAY) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Lifeway Foods employs 316 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Lifeway Foods stock price (NASDAQ: LWAY)

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Lifeway Foods shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-10-16.
Latest market close$5.51
52-week range$4.51 - $8.09
50-day moving average $5.53
200-day moving average $5.52
Wall St. target price$7.25
PE ratio 17.2205
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $0.32

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Lifeway Foods price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $5.51 from 2021-10-20

1 week (2021-10-15) -0.63%
1 month (2021-09-22) -4.34%
3 months (2021-07-22) -21.73%
6 months (2021-04-22) 13.37%
1 year (2020-10-22) 5.56%
2 years (2019-10-22) 148.20%
3 years (2018-10-22) 150.45%
5 years (2016-10-21) 17.72

Is Lifeway Foods under- or over-valued?

Valuing Lifeway Foods stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Lifeway Foods's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Lifeway Foods's P/E ratio

Lifeway Foods's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, Lifeway Foods shares trade at around 17x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Lifeway Foods's PEG ratio

Lifeway Foods's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 7.54. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Lifeway Foods's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Lifeway Foods's EBITDA

Lifeway Foods's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $10.7 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Lifeway Foods's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Lifeway Foods financials

Revenue TTM $110.2 million
Operating margin TTM 6.97%
Gross profit TTM $30 million
Return on assets TTM 7.94%
Return on equity TTM 10.63%
Profit margin 4.57%
Book value $3.20
Market capitalisation $85.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lifeway Foods shares

There are currently 287,633 Lifeway Foods shares held short by investors – that's known as Lifeway Foods's "short interest". This figure is 1.5% down from 291,951 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Lifeway Foods shares can be evaluated.

Lifeway Foods's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Lifeway Foods's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lifeway Foods shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lifeway Foods shares traded daily (recently around 14288.772975658). Lifeway Foods's SIR currently stands at 20.13. In other words for every 100,000 Lifeway Foods shares traded daily on the market, roughly 20130 shares are currently held short.

However Lifeway Foods's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lifeway Foods shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lifeway Foods shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lifeway Foods's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lifeway Foods shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0732% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lifeway Foods shares, roughly 73 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 20% would generally be considered very high, pointing to a pessimistic outlook for the share price, with a discouraging number of investors currently willing to bet against Lifeway Foods.

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Lifeway Foods share dividends

We're not expecting Lifeway Foods to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Lifeway Foods's shares ever split?

Lifeway Foods's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 August 2006. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Lifeway Foods shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Lifeway Foods shares which in turn could have impacted Lifeway Foods's share price.

Lifeway Foods share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lifeway Foods's shares have ranged in value from as little as $4.51 up to $8.09. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LWAY.US volatility(beta: 1.97)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Lifeway Foods's is 1.9688. This would suggest that Lifeway Foods's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Lifeway Foods overview

Lifeway Foods, Inc. produces and markets probiotic-based products in the United States and internationally. Its primary product is drinkable kefir, a cultured dairy product in various organic and non-organic sizes, flavors, and types, including low fat, non-fat, whole milk, protein, and BioKefir. The company also offers European-style soft cheeses; cream and other products; ProBugs, a line of kefir products designed for children; cupped kefir and Icelandic Skyr, a line of strained kefir and yogurt products; and frozen kefir in soft serve and pint-size containers. It sells its products under the Lifeway and Fresh Made brand names, as well as under private labels on behalf of customers primarily through direct sales force, brokers, and distributors. The company was founded in 1986 and is based in Morton Grove, Illinois. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Lifeway Foods is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 77.952% of Lifeway Foods shares are held by insiders and 8.071% by institutions.
How many people work for Lifeway Foods?
Latest data suggests 316 work at Lifeway Foods.
When does the fiscal year end for Lifeway Foods?
Lifeway Foods's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Lifeway Foods based?
Lifeway Foods's address is: 6431 West Oakton Street, Morton Grove, IL, United States, 60053
What is Lifeway Foods's ISIN number?
Lifeway Foods's international securities identification number is: US5319141090
What is Lifeway Foods's CUSIP number?
Lifeway Foods's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 531914109

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