If you are currently a shareholder in GUD Holdings Limited (ASX:GUD), or considering investing in the stock, you need to examine how the business generates cash, and how it is reinvested. After investment, what’s left over is what belongs to you, the investor. This also determines how much the stock is worth. I will take you through GUD Holdings’s cash flow health and the risk-return concept based on the stock’s cash flow yield, using the most recent financial data. This will help you think about the company from a cash perspective, which is a crucial factor to investing.
What is free cash flow?
Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash GUD Holdings has left after it pays off its expenses, including its net capital expenditures, which is what the company needs to spend each year to maintain or grow its business operations.
There are two methods I will use to evaluate the quality of GUD Holdings’s FCF: firstly, I will measure its FCF yield relative to the market index yield; secondly, I will examine whether its operating cash flow will continue to grow into the future, which will give us a sense of sustainability.
Free Cash Flow = Operating Cash Flows – Net Capital Expenditure
Free Cash Flow Yield = Free Cash Flow / Enterprise Value
where Enterprise Value = Market Capitalisation + Net Debt
GUD Holdings’s yield of 3.17% indicates its sub-standard capacity to generate cash, compared to the stock market index as a whole, accounting for the size differential. This means investors are taking on more concentrated risk on GUD Holdings but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.
What’s the cash flow outlook for GUD Holdings?Another important consideration is whether this return is likely to be maintained over the next couple of years. We can gauge this by looking at GUD Holdings’s expected operating cash flows. In the next few years, a double-digit growth in operating cash of 49% is expected. The future seems buoyant if GUD Holdings can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well. Below is a table of GUD Holdings’s operating cash flow in the past year, as well as the anticipated level going forward.
|Current||+1 year||+2 year|
|Operating Cash Flow (OCF)||AU$44m||AU$55m||AU$66m|
|OCF Growth Year-On-Year||25%||19%|
|OCF Growth From Current Year||49%|
Low free cash flow yield means you are not currently well-compensated for the risk you’re taking on by holding onto GUD Holdings relative to a well-diversified market index. However, the high growth in operating cash flow may change the tides in the future. Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I suggest you continue to research GUD Holdings to get a better picture of the company by looking at:
- Valuation: What is GUD worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether GUD is currently mispriced by the market.
- Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on GUD Holdings’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
- Other High-Performing Stocks: If you believe you should cushion your portfolio with something less risky, scroll through our free list of these great stocks here.
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