LWAY stock: buy or sell?

LWAY stock price: $2.15 0.00% At close on October 18th, 2019

Updated on:
October 18th, 2019

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Shares of Lifeway Foods ended on Oct/18 at $2.15 and remained steady a tight 0.00%. On Oct/9 LWAY collapsed a chilling -11.42%. On Tuesday LWAY rocketed an astounding 5.43%.

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. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to choose and when is the best time to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Lifeway Foods stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean LWAY will fall in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Lifeway Foods stock a buy?

Financial institutions and banks publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for LWAY stock for the last month.

LWAY stock analysis

Daily outlook

Lifeway Foods shares remained constant 0.00% to $2.15 on October 18th.

Lifeway Foods remained constant a tight 0.00% and closed at $2.15. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed down on Sep/17, LWAY fell $-0.60 per share (-21.82%). Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on July, LWAY price slid a -37.50%.

LWAY stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Lifeway Foods closed this week at $2.15 and raised a good 1.42%. Late September LWAY collapsed a hair-raising -10.58% in just one week. Late August LWAY skyrocketed an astounding 11.30% in just one week.

Since mid September, when LWAY stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-0.64 per share (-22.94%). Stocks below the 40-weeks moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders. Since SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up by mid July, LWAY price slid a -31.53%.

LWAY stock chart (weekly)

LWAY stock price history

LWAY IPO was on January 4th, 1989 at $0.00 per share1. 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

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. You should not follow the analysts' LWAY stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. For the last 30 days we have not found any price forecast for Lifeway Foods stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

After publishing its last earnings report on March, Lifeway Foods . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
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

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a hair-raising loss of -13.07% to $103.35 M dollars. Instead, its profit margin (compared to sales) decreased to -2.99%, that is $-3.09 million.

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 reported $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 plummed a -10.11% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was -2.10%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Lifeway Foods sales marked a dreadful decrease and collapsed 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 invest in shares of a company, it's worth to have a look 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, 73.10% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

In case of Lifeway Foods stock, 11.17% 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.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Lifeway Foods:

LWAYDFTHS
Market cap$33.9 M$110.3 M$3.0 B
Total shares15.8 M91.9 M56.2 M
Float shares4.2 M90.3 M52.2 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)11.2%91.2%119.2%
  - Insider holdings (%)73.1%11.5%2.0%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%

LWAY summary

Friday, October 18th, 2019
Open$2.20
Close$2.15
Day range$2.10 - $2.45
Previous close$2.15
Session gain0.00%
Average true range$0.22
50d mov avg$2.53
100d mov avg$2.81
200d mov avg$2.57
Daily patternlt11a
Weekly pattern lb06a

Lifeway Foods performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We compared Lifeway Foods against Dean Foods and Treehouse Foods in the following table:
Stock3m6m12m
LWAYLifeway Foods-33.85%10.82%-4.02%
DFDean Foods2.56%-43.40%-84.08%
THSTreehouse Foods-5.55%-14.63%10.95%

Lifeway Foods competitors

Defining a list of competitors for Lifeway Foods it's not an easy task. We selected 2 public companies that are related to and can be considered as competitors of Lifeway Foods: