Lifeway Foods Company Profile (NASDAQ:LWAY)

About Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)

Lifeway Foods logoLifeway Foods, Inc. (Lifeway) is engaged in the manufacturing of probiotic, cultured, functional dairy health food products. The Company is engaged in the sale of fermented dairy products, which are produced and are sold to consumers through a network of distributors and retailers in the United States. Through its distributors, the Company also sells its products to retailers in Mexico, Costa Rica, Dubai, Hong Kong, China and the Caribbean. The Company's primary product is kefir, a dairy beverage similar to but distinct from yogurt, in various flavors and in various package configurations. In addition to the drinkable products, Lifeway manufactures Lifeway Farmer Cheese, a line of various farmer cheeses. Kefir also serves as a base for lower-calorie dressings, dips, marinades, soups or sauces and as a basic ingredient in other home-prepared foods. Recipes are made available through the Company's Website. The Company also markets and sells its ProBugs line of drinkable kefir.

Industry, Sector and Symbol:
  • Sector: Consumer Staples
  • Industry: Dairy Products
  • Sub-Industry: Packaged Foods & Meats
  • Symbol: NASDAQ:LWAY
  • CUSIP: 53191410
  • Web:
  • Market Cap: $145.42 million
  • Outstanding Shares: 16,068,000
Average Prices:
  • 50 Day Moving Avg: $8.96
  • 200 Day Moving Avg: $9.63
  • 52 Week Range: $7.20 - $18.48
  • Trailing P/E Ratio: 92.35
  • Foreward P/E Ratio: 45.25
  • P/E Growth: 6.46
Sales & Book Value:
  • Annual Revenue: $124.03 million
  • Price / Sales: 1.17
  • Book Value: $3.07 per share
  • Price / Book: 2.95
  • EBIDTA: $6.51 million
  • Net Margins: 1.29%
  • Return on Equity: 3.29%
  • Return on Assets: 2.36%
  • Debt-to-Equity Ratio: 0.07%
  • Current Ratio: 2.17%
  • Quick Ratio: 1.57%
  • Average Volume: 10,947 shs.
  • Beta: 0.64
  • Short Ratio: 6.85

Frequently Asked Questions for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)

What is Lifeway Foods' stock symbol?

Lifeway Foods trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "LWAY."

How will Lifeway Foods' stock buyback program work?

Lifeway Foods announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Tuesday, June 27th 2017, which authorizes the company to repurchase $6,000,000.00 in outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to buy up to 4% of its stock through a tender offer. Stock repurchase programs are typically a sign that the company's management believes its stock is undervalued.

How were Lifeway Foods' earnings last quarter?

Lifeway Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:LWAY) posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April, 10th. The company reported $0.03 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.06 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $30.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $30.82 million. Lifeway Foods had a net margin of 1.29% and a return on equity of 3.29%. View Lifeway Foods' Earnings History.

Who are some of Lifeway Foods' key competitors?

Who are Lifeway Foods' key executives?

Lifeway Foods' management team includes the folowing people:

  • Ludmila Smolyansky, Chairman of the Board
  • Julie Smolyansky, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • John P. Waldron, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer
  • Edward P. Smolyansky, Chief Operating Officer, Treasurer, Secretary
  • Douglas A. Hass, General Counsel, Assistant Corporate Secretary
  • Mariano Lozano, Director
  • Renzo Bernardi, Independent Director
  • Paul Lee, Independent Director
  • Jason Scher, Independent Director
  • Pol Sikar, Independent Director

Who owns Lifeway Foods stock?

Lifeway Foods' stock is owned by a variety of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (2.15%), FMR LLC (1.73%), Gamco Investors INC. ET AL (1.58%), Vanguard Group Inc. (1.44%), Teton Advisors Inc. (1.03%) and Granite Investment Partners LLC (0.94%). Company insiders that own Lifeway Foods stock include Edward Smolyansky and Ludmila Smolyansky. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Lifeway Foods.

Who sold Lifeway Foods stock? Who is selling Lifeway Foods stock?

Lifeway Foods' stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Granite Investment Partners LLC, TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC, Bank of New York Mellon Corp and Alliancebernstein L.P.. View Insider Buying and Selling for Lifeway Foods.

Who bought Lifeway Foods stock? Who is buying Lifeway Foods stock?

Lifeway Foods' stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Financial & Investment Management Group Ltd., Teton Advisors Inc., State Street Corp, Vanguard Group Inc., Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, FMR LLC and Northern Trust Corp. View Insider Buying and Selling for Lifeway Foods.

How do I buy Lifeway Foods stock?

Shares of Lifeway Foods can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Lifeway Foods' stock price today?

One share of Lifeway Foods stock can currently be purchased for approximately $9.05.

MarketBeat Community Rating for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ LWAY)
Community Ranking:  2.2 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  62 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  78 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  140
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Analyst Ratings

Consensus Ratings for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY) (How are Consensus Ratings Calculated?)
Ratings Breakdown: No ratings tracked in the last 12 months.
Consensus Rating:N/A (Score: NaN)
Consensus Price Target: N/A

Analysts' Ratings History for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
DateFirmActionRatingPrice TargetImpact on Share PriceDetails
9/16/2016DA DavidsonBoost Price TargetBuy$13.00 -> $17.00N/AView Rating Details
(Data available from 9/24/2015 forward)


Earnings History for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
Earnings by Quarter for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
Earnings History by Quarter for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ LWAY)
DateQuarterConsensus EstimateActual EPSRevenue EstimateActual RevenueRelease LinkConference CallDetails
4/10/2017Q4 2016$0.06$0.03$30.82 million$30.20 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/9/2016Q3 2016$0.09($0.01)$31.87 million$29.99 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
8/17/2016Q2$0.04$0.13$32.80 million$31.13 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/10/2016Q116$0.09$0.04$30.63 million$32.60 millionViewListenView Earnings Details
3/15/2016Q4$0.05$0.02$29.95 million$29.50 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/9/2015Q315$0.02$0.05$30.50 million$29.60 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/11/2014Q2 2014$0.01$0.07$27.22 million$29.57 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/12/2014Q114$0.05$0.04$30.58 million$32.10 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
3/31/2014Q413$0.07($0.02)$23.42 million$28.90 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
8/14/2013Q2 2013$0.14$0.09$25.27 million$25.80 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
5/15/2013Q1 2013$0.09$0.14$24.92 million$24.40 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
11/14/2012Q312$0.10$0.09$20.77 million$22.50 millionViewN/AView Earnings Details
(Data available from 1/1/2011 forward)


Earnings Estimates for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
2017 EPS Consensus Estimate: $0.22
2018 EPS Consensus Estimate: $0.26
QuarterNumber of EstimatesLow EstimateHigh EstimateAverage Estimate
Q1 20172$0.02$0.06$0.04
Q2 20172$0.04$0.08$0.06
Q3 20172$0.04$0.08$0.06
Q4 20172$0.03$0.09$0.06
Q1 20182$0.02$0.07$0.05
Q2 20182$0.07$0.08$0.08
Q3 20182$0.07$0.08$0.08
Q4 20182$0.04$0.09$0.07
(Data provided by Zacks Investment Research)


Dividend History by Quarter for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ LWAY)
AnnouncedPeriodAmountYieldEx-Dividend DateRecord DatePayable Date
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)

Insider Trades

Insider Trading and Institutional Ownership History for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
Insider Ownership Percentage: 50.00%
Institutional Ownership Percentage: 16.61%
Insider Trades by Quarter for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
Insider Trades by Quarter for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
Transaction DateInsider NameTitleBuy/SellNumber of SharesAverage Share PriceTotal TransactionDetails
2/4/2016Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell8,000$12.05$96,400.00View SEC Filing  
1/8/2016Edward SmolyanskyCOOSell30,000$11.25$337,500.00View SEC Filing  
12/17/2014Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell30,000$18.64$559,200.00View SEC Filing  
12/16/2014Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell5,700$18.30$104,310.00View SEC Filing  
12/15/2014Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell16,097$19.04$306,486.88View SEC Filing  
9/22/2014Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell15,000$14.28$214,200.00View SEC Filing  
6/3/2014Edward SmolyanskyCFOSell4,000$13.00$52,000.00View SEC Filing  
6/3/2014Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell12,000$13.00$156,000.00View SEC Filing  
12/23/2013Edward SmolyanskyCFOSell6,808$15.50$105,524.00View SEC Filing  
12/10/2013Edward SmolyanskyCFOSell4,000$15.01$60,040.00View SEC Filing  
7/29/2013Edward SmolyanskyCFOSell6,000$18.32$109,920.00View SEC Filing  
7/19/2013Julie SmolyanskyCEOSell10,000$18.83$188,300.00View SEC Filing  
7/12/2013Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell13,678$17.47$238,954.66View SEC Filing  
7/10/2013Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell6,322$17.23$108,928.06View SEC Filing  
6/19/2013Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell1,000$17.11$17,110.00View SEC Filing  
6/3/2013Ludmila SmolyanskyDirectorSell9,900$17.33$171,567.00View SEC Filing  
5/30/2013Julie SmolyanskyCEOSell10,050$17.33$174,166.50View SEC Filing  
5/24/2013Julie SmolyanskyCEOSell14,950$17.44$260,728.00View SEC Filing  
(Data available from 1/1/2013 forward)


Headline Trends for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
Latest Headlines for Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY)
DateHeadline logoLifeway Debuts New Organic Skyr™ Traditional Icelandic Yogurt and Dairy-free Plantiful™ Plant-based Kefir Beverage at Expo East - September 15 at 6:13 AM logoUPDATE -- Lifeway Debuts New Organic Skyr Traditional Icelandic Yogurt and Dairy-free Plantiful™ Plant-based Beverage at Expo East - September 15 at 6:13 AM logoZacks Investment Research Upgrades Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) to Strong-Buy - September 8 at 12:36 AM logoAnalysts Issue Forecasts for Lifeway Foods, Inc.'s Q3 2017 Earnings (LWAY) - September 7 at 7:30 AM logoQ4 2017 EPS Estimates for Lifeway Foods, Inc. Reduced by Taglich Brothers (LWAY) - September 6 at 9:09 AM logoETFs with exposure to Lifeway Foods, Inc. : September 6, 2017 - September 6 at 2:23 AM logoETFs with exposure to Lifeway Foods, Inc. : August 25, 2017 - August 26 at 6:54 AM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. :LWAY-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : August 17, 2017 - August 18 at 6:33 AM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. Announces Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 - August 16 at 5:54 AM logoLifeway Foods Inc (LWAY:NAS): Analytics, Extensive Financial Metrics, and Benchmarks Against Averages and Top Companies Within its Industry - August 10 at 3:45 AM logoLifeway Announces Final Results of Self-Tender Offer - August 3 at 3:52 AM logoLifeway Announces Preliminary Results of Self-Tender Offer - July 27 at 4:06 AM logoLifeway Announces Preliminary Results of Self-Tender Offer - July 27 at 4:06 AM logoFinancial Contrast: Lifeway Foods (LWAY) versus Synutra International (SYUT) - July 9 at 12:24 AM logoSynutra International (SYUT) versus Lifeway Foods (LWAY) Financial Contrast - July 3 at 10:24 PM logoSynutra International (SYUT) and Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY) Head to Head Comparison - July 3 at 8:18 AM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) Commences $6M Common Stock Self-Tender Offer - June 27 at 6:34 PM logoLifeway Foods (LWAY) Board Announces Stock Repurchase Program - June 27 at 11:14 AM logoLifeway Foods (LWAY) & Synutra International (SYUT) Financial Analysis - June 27 at 8:30 AM logoLifeway Commences Self-Tender Offer for Up to $6 Million of Its Common Stock - June 26 at 9:18 AM logoNutraceutical International Corporation (NUTR) versus Lifeway Foods (LWAY) Critical Survey - June 17 at 4:52 PM logoETFs with exposure to Lifeway Foods, Inc. : June 8, 2017 - June 8 at 7:22 PM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) Short Interest Down 10.2% in May - May 28 at 7:16 AM logoETFs with exposure to Lifeway Foods, Inc. : May 23, 2017 - May 23 at 5:55 PM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. :LWAY-US: Earnings Analysis: Q1, 2017 By the Numbers : May 22, 2017 - May 22 at 10:15 AM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. Announces Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 - May 19 at 10:54 AM logoLifeway posts 1Q profit - May 19 at 10:54 AM logoSomewhat Critical News Coverage Unlikely to Impact Lifeway Foods (LWAY) Share Price - April 27 at 5:40 PM logoETFs with exposure to Lifeway Foods, Inc. : April 26, 2017 - April 26 at 6:57 PM logoLifeway Foods (LWAY) Earning Somewhat Critical Media Coverage, AlphaOne Reports - April 23 at 3:13 PM logo$31.29 Million in Sales Expected for Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) This Quarter - April 22 at 9:33 AM logoBrokers Issue Forecasts for Lifeway Foods, Inc.'s Q1 2017 Earnings (LWAY) - April 20 at 8:41 AM logoZacks: Brokerages Expect Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) to Post $0.06 EPS - April 20 at 7:37 AM logoLifeway Foods (LWAY) Getting Positive Media Coverage, Report Shows - April 14 at 2:48 PM logo Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) Receives Consensus Rating of "Buy" from Analysts - April 13 at 8:50 PM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to Sell - April 13 at 12:40 AM logoETFs with exposure to Lifeway Foods, Inc. : April 12, 2017 - April 12 at 7:21 PM logoDA Davidson Research Analysts Decrease Earnings Estimates for Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) - April 12 at 8:19 AM logoLifeway Foods (LWAY) Gains Ahead of Quarterly Earnings - April 11 at 6:19 PM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. :LWAY-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : April 11, 2017 - April 11 at 11:24 AM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results, Misses Estimates By $0.03 EPS - April 11 at 9:26 AM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. Announces Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2016 - April 10 at 10:36 AM logoLifeway posts 4Q profit - April 10 at 9:54 AM logo Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) Given Average Recommendation of "" by Analysts - March 21 at 10:52 AM logoLifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY) to Release Earnings on Monday - March 11 at 12:43 AM logoLifeway Launches “Elixir” Line of Non-Dairy Sparkling Organic Beverages, Showcases Kefir Cups Featuring Flippable Side Compartments and Probiotic Supplements for Health Benefits at Expo West - March 9 at 6:10 PM logoLifeway Foods Goes Greener, Transitioning Key Organic Product Lines to Renewable Packaging Alternatives - February 23 at 6:23 PM logoNew Strong Sell Stocks for December 19th - December 19 at 10:00 AM logoWhy Lifeway Foods (LWAY) Could Be Positioned for a Slump - December 9 at 6:26 PM logoLIFEWAY FOODS INC Files SEC form 8-K/A, Non-Reliance on Previous Financials, Audits or Interim Review - December 9 at 6:26 PM



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