Lifeway Foods Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Lifeway Foods (NASDAQ:LWAY) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 15th. Lifeway Foods, Inc. manufactures cultured, probiotic food products in the health food industry. The Company’s products include kefir, Basics Plus dairy based immune-supporting dietary supplement beverage, and Kefir Starter for consumers to make their own kefir. Lifeway also manufactures and markets SoyTreat nondairy soy kefir.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Lifeway Foods Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.09 per share on revenues of $24.92 million. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 39.01.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.13 to a profit $0.14. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $0.46, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Lifeway Foods has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 44.46 53.92 58.50 69.97 81.35
Diluted EPS ($) 0.11 0.33 0.22 0.17 0.34

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 16.77 19.40 20.55 20.62 20.78
Diluted EPS ($) -0.0223 0.07 0.13 0.09 0.0657

Past Performance:
Lifeway Foods has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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