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Lee Enterprises (LEE) – The Melting Ice Reveals A Gem

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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.

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Non-Deal Roadshow Highlights. CEO Kevin Mowbray and CFO Timothy Millage were in St. Louis to host meetings with investors. The duo highlighted that for 11 consecutive quarters Lee has been the fastest growing digital subscription platform in local media, the company has a favorable debt arrangement with debt that has been significantly reduced over the last 2 years, and a favorable runway for margin and revenue expansion.

Digital Transformation. Digital advertising now accounts for 51% of total company advertising. In addition, Total Digital revenue accounts for 31.5% of total company revenue. Importantly, its Digital business grew a strong 26.8% year over year in the latest quarter. We project that its Digital business should continue strong double digit revenue growth for the foreseeable future. 


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