LWAY stock: buy or sell?

LWAY stock price: $2.11 -7.05% At close on February 27th, 2020

Updated on:
February 27th, 2020

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Lifeway Foods shares plunged -7.05% to $2.11 today. On February 19th LWAY skyrocketed a dazzling 6.69%.

Lifeway Foods, Inc. manufactures and sells probiotic, cultured, and functional dairy health food products in the United States and internationally.

Should I buy LWAY stock?

You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. That's why is so important to choose your own trading plan that fits your character as inversor. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with Lifeway Foods stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Lifeway Foods stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for LWAY stock for the last month.

LWAY stock analysis

Daily outlook

Lifeway Foods ended today at $2.11 and plunged a bloodcurdling -7.05%.

Shares of Lifeway Foods plunged a bloodcurdling -7.05% and closed at $2.11.

LWAY stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After boosting a brilliant 5.16% in a week last week, Lifeway Foods closed this week at $2.11 and collapsed a scary -16.27%.

Lifeway Foods stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies.

LWAY stock chart (weekly)

LWAY stock price history

LWAY stock went public on January 4th, 1989 with a price of $0.001. Since then, LWAY stock surged a inf%, with an average of inf% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in LWAY stock in 1989, it would worth $inf today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

LWAY stock historical price chart

LWAY stock reached 52-week highs on June at $4.75, and all-time highs 2015-03-30 with a price of 22.38.

LWAY stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we have not detected any price target for Lifeway Foods stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After presenting its last earnings report on March, Lifeway Foods . As soon as we get its posted EPS from the earnings report, we will update this report.
LWAY earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q1-n/a0.01n/a
2017-Q2-n/a0.06n/a
2017-Q3-n/a0.02n/a
2017-Q42018-03-30n/a-0.11n/a
2018-Q12018-05-15-0.07n/an/a
2018-Q22018-08-17n/a0.01n/a
2018-Q32018-11-14n/a-0.03n/a
2018-Q42019-03-29n/an/an/a
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

In 2018, Lifeway Foods annual turnover plunged a spooky -13.07% to $103.35 M USD from $118.89 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, however, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) declined a -2.69% to -2.99%.

LWAY annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$98 M-$4.99 M5.1%-
2014$119 M21.99%$1.96 M1.6%-60.79%
2015$119 M-0.31%$1.97 M1.7%0.80%
2016$124 M4.46%$3.48 M2.8%76.42%
2017$119 M-4.02%$-0.35 M-0.3%-109.95%
2018$103 M-13.07%$-3.09 M-3.0%791.91%

Quarterly financial results

Lifeway Foods posted $23.03 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a -5.92% less compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $-2.81 M with a profit margin of -12.21%. Profit margin collapsed a -10.11% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was -2.10%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Lifeway Foods sales marked a frightening correction and plummed a -12.28%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Lifeway Foods posted 3 positive quarters in a row.
LWAY quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q1$32 M-$0.12 M0.4%-
2017-Q2$32 M-1.21%$1.04 M3.3%738.71%
2017-Q3$29 M-9.28%$0.24 M0.8%-76.63%
2017-Q4$26 M-8.79%$-1.75 M-6.7%-819.75%
2018-Q1$29 M9.46%$0.07 M0.2%-104.00%
2018-Q2$27 M-5.73%$0.17 M0.6%142.86%
2018-Q3$24 M-9.65%$-0.51 M-2.1%-402.35%
2018-Q4$23 M-5.92%$-2.81 M-12.2%447.08%

Lifeway Foods ownership

When you are planning to buy a company, it's worth to review its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Lifeway Foods, 73.54% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of Lifeway Foods stock, 8.78% of its shares are held by institutions (mutual funds, pension funds, big banks and other large financial institutions). Bearish positions for LWAY stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

LWAY
Market cap$33.1 M
Total shares15.7 M
Float shares4.2 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)8.8%
  - Insider holdings (%)73.5%
Shares in short selling0.0%

LWAY summary

Thursday, February 27th, 2020
Open$2.27
Close$2.11
Day range$2.08 - $2.29
Previous close$2.27
Session gain-7.05%
Average true range$0.13
50d mov avg$2.28
100d mov avg$2.16
200d mov avg$2.50
Daily patternlt11c
Weekly pattern lt06a

Lifeway Foods performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. For Lifeway Foods, the comparison is made against .
Stock3m6m12m
LWAYLifeway Foods3.43%-27.74%-11.72%

Lifeway Foods competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Lifeway Foods competitor. This doesn't mean Lifeway Foods does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.