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)
320 (est)-13%
Lifeway Foods was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Morton Grove, US

Lifeway Foods Office Locations

Lifeway Foods has offices in Morton Grove, Niles, Chicago and Waukesha
Morton Grove, US (HQ)
6431 Oakton St
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Lifeway Foods Financials and Metrics

Lifeway Foods Financials

Lifeway Foods's revenue was reported to be $123.9 m in FY, 2016

Revenue (Q3, 2017)

28.8 m

Gross profit (Q3, 2017)

8.5 m

Gross profit margin (Q3, 2017), %


Net income (Q3, 2017)

243 k

EBIT (Q3, 2017)

514 k

Market capitalization (11-Dec-2017)

142 m

Cash (30-Sep-2017)

7.3 m


141.2 m
Lifeway Foods's current market capitalization is $142 m.
USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


97.5 m119 m118.6 m123.9 m

Revenue growth, %


Cost of goods sold

87.6 m84.6 m86.5 m

Gross profit

31.4 m34 m37.4 m
USDQ1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q3, 2017


29.6 m29.8 m29.6 m32.6 m31.1 m30 m32.1 m31.7 m28.8 m

Cost of goods sold

20.6 m22.2 m19.9 m23.4 m20.3 m21.5 m23.1 m21.9 m20.3 m

Gross profit

9 m7.6 m9.7 m9.2 m10.8 m8.5 m9 m9.9 m8.5 m

Gross profit Margin, %

USDY, 2010Y, 2011Y, 2012FY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016


3.2 m1.1 m2.3 m3.3 m3.3 m5.6 m8.8 m

Accounts Receivable

295.3 m134.3 k45 k71.5 m


39.8 m5.8 m7.7 m8 m

Current Assets

24.2 m26.8 m28.2 m
USDQ1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q3, 2017


3.8 m5.9 m5 m3.8 m6.1 m9.2 m9.8 m9.3 m7.3 m

Accounts Receivable

118.4 k28.8 k37.9 k(814 k)


6.3 m6.3 m6.9 m8.3 m9.3 m9.2 m7.6 m8.1 m1 m

Current Assets

24.3 m27.1 m26.6 m26.6 m29 m30.4 m30.6 m29.5 m27.5 m
    USDFY, 2013FY, 2014FY, 2015FY, 2016

    Net Income

    2 m2 m3.5 m

    Depreciation and Amortization

    3.3 m3.1 m3 m

    Accounts Receivable

    103.3 k54.9 k537 k292 k


    6.9 m1.1 m(1.8 m)(579 k)
    USDQ3, 2013Q1, 2014Q2, 2014Q3, 2014Q1, 2015Q2, 2015Q3, 2015Q1, 2016Q2, 2016Q3, 2016Q1, 2017Q2, 2017Q3, 2017

    Net Income

    653.7 k752.6 k1.6 m648 k3.1 m3 m124 k1.2 m243 k

    Depreciation and Amortization

    769.5 k1.6 m2.3 m807 k1.6 m2.3 m754 k1.5 m168 k

    Accounts Receivable

    89.1 k91.6 k56.7 k26.7 k(32.9 k)(166.8 k)(540.2 k)(584 k)(532 k)(823 k)(2.6 m)(793 k)(814 k)


    8.4 m7.4 m6.8 m7.1 m(513.1 k)(475.6 k)(1.1 m)(627 k)(1.6 m)(1.6 m)363 k(185 k)1 m
      Y, 2017


      274.7 x


      33.7 x

      Financial Leverage

      1.4 x
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