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Lee regains compliance with NYSE share price standard

DAVENPORT, Iowa (February 21, 2012) – Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE has received notification that it has returned to compliance with the New York Stock Exchange’s share price standard.

In a letter dated February 17, 2012, the NYSE confirmed that Lee is again in compliance with its standard requiring listed companies to maintain an average closing price of at least $1.00 per share over 30 consecutive days of trading.
Mary Junck, Lee chairman and chief executive officer, said: “As we expected investor sentiment has improved with the implementation of our refinancing agreements on January 30. We appreciate the confidence of our stockholders as we advance our many initiatives to drive revenue, build even larger audiences and resume overall growth.”

Carl Schmidt, Lee vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, said the company still has approximately one year remaining under an approved plan, subject to ongoing oversight, for returning to compliance with an NYSE standard requiring market capitalization of not less than $50 million over 30 consecutive days of trading. As of February 17, 2012, with approximately 51.7 million shares
outstanding and a closing price of $1.13 per share, Lee’s market capitalization totaled $58.4 million.

Schmidt said that if the company’s average market capitalization remains in excess of $50 million, the NYSE will consider granting a return to compliance in February 2013, or possibly sooner, based on market capitalization over at least two consecutive quarterly monitoring periods.

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