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Lee Enterprises (LEE)
Results Validate Its Digital Growth Strategy
Lee Enterprises, Incorporated provides local news, information, and advertising primarily in midsize markets in the United States. It publishes 49 daily newspapers, as well as offers 300 weekly newspapers and specialty publications in 23 states. The company also provides online advertising and services; and online infrastructure and online publishing services for approximately 1,500 daily and weekly newspapers and shoppers. In addition, it offers commercial printing services. The company has a strategic alliance with Yahoo!, Inc. to provide its classified employment advertising customer base the opportunity to post job listings and other employment products on Yahoo!�s HotJobs national platform. Lee Enterprises, Incorporated was founded in 1890 and is based in Davenport, Iowa.
Michael Kupinski, Director of Research, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
Patrick McCann, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.
Refer to the full report for the price target, fundamental analysis, and rating.A little light, but not worrisome. Fiscal Q2 revenues of $190.0 million was slightly less than our $191.2 million estimate. The results reflected better-than-expected growth in its Digital businesses and weaker results in its print advertising business. Adj. EBITDA was $16.9 million versus our $17.8 million estimate.
Digital excels. Total Digital revenues were $58.1 million, 7% better than our expectation, and represented 31% of total company revenues, up from 27% in fiscal Q1. The strong results were driven by Digital Only Subscription revenue, up 44.7% to $32.9 million, an impressive 26% above expectations. Amplified, its digital agency business, increased revenues 108%. We believe that the strong Digital growth validates the company's Digital investments and its growth strategy. ...
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