If you are currently a shareholder in The Citadel Group Limited (ASX:CGL), 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. Today we will examine Citadel Group’s ability to generate cash flows, as well as the level of capital expenditure it is expected to incur over the next couple of years, which will result in how much money goes to you.
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What is free cash flow?
Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash Citadel Group 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.
The two ways to assess whether Citadel Group’s FCF is sufficient, is to compare the FCF yield to the market index yield, as well as determine whether the top-line operating cash flows will continue to grow.
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
Citadel Group’s yield of 0.23% 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 Citadel Group but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.
Is Citadel Group’s yield sustainable?Can Citadel Group improve its operating cash production in the future? Let’s take a quick look at the cash flow trend the company is expected to deliver over time. Over the next three years, a double-digit growth in operating cash of 63% is expected. The future seems buoyant if Citadel Group can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well. Below is a table of Citadel Group’s operating cash flow in the past year, as well as the anticipated level going forward.
|Current||+1 year||+2 year||+3 year|
|Operating Cash Flow (OCF)||AU$19m||AU$23m||AU$29m||AU$31m|
|OCF Growth Year-On-Year||22%||23%||9.3%|
|OCF Growth From Current Year||49%||63%|
Given a low free cash flow yield, on the basis of cash, Citadel Group becomes a less appealing investment. This is because you would be better compensated in terms of cash yield, by investing in the market index, as well as take on lower diversification risk. However, cash is only one aspect of investing. Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I recommend you continue to research Citadel Group to get a better picture of the company by looking at:
- Valuation: What is CGL 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 CGL 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 Citadel Group’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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