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Free Cash Flow (FCF) and FCF Yield

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Free cash flow (“FCF”) equals NOPAT minus change in Invested Capital.

FCF reflects the amount of cash free for distribution to both debt and equity shareholders.

FCF Yield = free cash flow/enterprise value.

The level of FCF does not always reflect the health of a business or its prospects.

For example, a large amount of FCF can be a sign that a company has limited investment opportunities and, hence, limited growth prospects.

On the other hand, negative FCF can be an attractive indication that a company has more investment opportunities than it can fund with cash from operations.

Zero FCF could mean that the company generates just enough cash to internally fund its growth opportunities.

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One Comment

  1. varadha says:

    Terrific, yet simple analysis. I’ve always been a fan of ROIC as a measure of capital efficiency and believe that no size/growth outperformance can replace the quest for efficiency.

    Sort of like a big gas guzzling v8 that needs ever increasing gallons of fuel to keep its engine running

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