Lifeway Foods

The Lifeway Foods story begins in 1986 with kefir, a milk-based cultured drink that is popular in Eastern Europe and is said to be more nutritional than yogurt. That year, Russian immigrant Michael Smolyansky began manufacturing kefir in his basement to bring the taste of his native country to the U.S. After Michael Smolyansky passed away in 2002, his daughter Julie Smolyansky assumed the role of President, while his son Edward Smolyansky assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Today, Lifeway is the country’s leading manufacturer of kefir, with multiple flavors and varieties that include lowfat, whole milk and organic versions as well as a children’s line, and a provider of other probiotic natural and organic dairy products for health-conscious consumers.

Company Growth (employees)
Morton Grove, US
Size (employees)
370 (est)
Lifeway Foods was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Morton Grove, US

Lifeway Foods Office Locations

Lifeway Foods has an office in Morton Grove
Morton Grove, US (HQ)
6431 Oakton St

Lifeway Foods Metrics

Lifeway Foods Financial Metrics

Revenue (2016)

$123.9 m

Revenue growth (2015-16), %


Gross profit

$37.4 m

Gross profit margin (2016), %


Net income (2016)

$3.5 m

Market capitalization (28-Apr-2017)

$155.1 m

Closing share price (28-Apr-2017)


Cash (31-Dec-2016)

$8.8 m
Lifeway Foods's current market capitalization is $155.1 m.
Lifeway Foods's revenue was reported to be $123.9 m in FY, 2016 which is a 4% increase from the previous period.
FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


$97.5 m$119 m$118.6 m$123.9 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

$87.6 m$84.6 m$86.5 m

Gross profit

$31.4 m$34 m$37.4 m

Gross profit Margin, %


Sales and marketing expense

$14.5 m$12.8 m$14.5 m

General and administrative expense

$9.4 m$13.7 m$13.8 m

Operating expense total

$19.6 m$24.6 m$27.2 m$28.9 m


$8 m$4.2 m$4.4 m$6.1 m

EBIT margin, %


Interest expense

($276.9 k)($236 k)($220 k)

Pre tax profit

$4.2 m$4 m$5.6 m

Income tax expense

$2.2 m$2 m$2.2 m

Net Income

$5 m$2 m$2 m$3.5 m
Y, 2010Y, 2011Y, 2012Y, 2013Y, 2014Y, 2015FY, 2016


$3.2 m$1.1 m$2.3 m$3.3 m$3.3 m$5.6 m$8.8 m

Accounts Receivable

$295.3 m


$39.8 m$681 k$483 k

Current Assets

$24.2 m$26.8 m$28.2 m


$21.9 m$21.4 m$21.8 m


$14.1 m

Total Assets

$63.4 m$64.9 m$65.9 m

Accounts Payable

$72 m$744 k$1.4 m

Total Debt

$9 m$8 m$7.1 m

Current Liabilities

$8.5 m$10.8 m$9.4 m

Retained Earnings

$44.5 m$46.5 m$50 m

Total Equity

$44.7 m$45.3 m$48.4 m

Debt to Equity Ratio

0.2 x0.2 x0.1 x

Debt to Assets Ratio

0.1 x0.1 x0.1 x

Financial Leverage

1.4 x1.4 x1.4 x
FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

Net Income

$2 m$2 m$3.5 m

Depreciation and Amortization

$3.3 m$3.1 m$3 m

Accounts Receivable

($6.8 m)($2 m)($517 k)


($211 k)

Accounts Payable

($2.1 m)$33 k($2.8 m)

Cash From Operating Activities

$1 m($46.4 k)$2.4 m$5.1 m

Purchases of PP&E

($3.7 m)($2 m)($3.2 m)

Cash From Investing Activities

($4.3 m)($1.8 m)($360 k)

Dividends Paid

($1.3 m)

Cash From Financing Activities

($877.2 k)($2.6 m)($1.6 m)

Interest Paid

$235 k$220 k

Income Taxes Paid

$2.2 m$1.4 m

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