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How to buy Lifeway Foods stock

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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 307 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$99.6 million.

How to buy shares in Lifeway Foods

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Lifeway Foods. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LWAY. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Lifeway Foods reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Lifeway Foods, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Lifeway Foods. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Lifeway Foods share price

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Lifeway Foods shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$1.43 - USD$8.89
50-day moving average USD$6.1473
200-day moving average USD$5.7328
Wall St. target priceUSD$7.25
PE ratio 22.8516
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.256

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Is it a good time to buy Lifeway Foods stock?

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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 23x. In other words, Lifeway Foods shares trade at around 23x 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 USD$6.5 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 USD$99.6 million
Operating margin TTM 3.09%
Gross profit TTM USD$25.3 million
Return on assets TTM 3.27%
Return on equity TTM 9.04%
Profit margin 4.02%
Book value $2.98
Market capitalisation USD$92.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lifeway Foods shares

There are currently 76,233 Lifeway Foods shares held short by investors – that's known as Lifeway Foods's "short interest". This figure is 12.2% up from 67,953 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 31763.75). Lifeway Foods's SIR currently stands at 2.4. In other words for every 100,000 Lifeway Foods shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2400 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% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lifeway Foods shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0188% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lifeway Foods shares, roughly 19 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Lifeway Foods.

Find out more about how you can short Lifeway Foods stock.

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 16 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 $1.43 up to $8.89. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LWAY.US volatility(beta: 2.01)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 2.0144. This would suggest that Lifeway Foods's shares are significantly more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent a higher risk.

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 primarily through direct sales force, brokers, and distributors. Lifeway Foods, Inc. was founded in 1986 and is based in Morton Grove, Illinois.

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