Should Investors Be Happy About rhipe Limited’s (ASX:RHP) Cash Levels?

rhipe Limited (ASX:RHP) shareholders, and potential investors, need to understand how much cash the business makes from its core operational activities, as well as how much is invested back into the business. What is left after investment, determines the value of the stock since this cash flow technically belongs to investors of the company. I’ve analysed below, the health and outlook of rhipe’s cash flow, which will help you understand the stock from a cash standpoint. Cash is an important concept to grasp as an investor, as it directly impacts the value of your shares and the future growth potential of your portfolio.

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What is rhipe’s cash yield?

rhipe’s free cash flow (FCF) is the level of cash flow the business generates from its operational activities, after it reinvests in the company as capital expenditure. This type of expense is needed for rhipe to continue to grow, or at least, maintain its current operations.

There are two methods I will use to evaluate the quality of rhipe’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

rhipe’s yield of 2.88% 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 rhipe but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.

ASX:RHP Net Worth December 4th 18
ASX:RHP Net Worth December 4th 18

What’s the cash flow outlook for rhipe?

Does rhipe’s future look brighter in terms of its ability to generate higher operating cash flows? This can be estimated by examining the trend of the company’s operating cash flow moving forward. In the next few years, rhipe’s operating cash flows is expected to grow by a double-digit 72%, which is encouraging, should capital expenditure levels maintain at an appropriate level. Below is a table of rhipe’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$7.8m AU$8.5m AU$11m AU$13m
OCF Growth Year-On-Year 9.6% 25% 26%
OCF Growth From Current Year 37% 72%

Next Steps:

Low free cash flow yield means you are not currently well-compensated for the risk you’re taking on by holding onto rhipe relative to a well-diversified market index. However, the high growth in operating cash flow may change the tides in the future. Keep in mind that cash is only one aspect of investment analysis and there are other important fundamentals to assess. You should continue to research rhipe to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is RHP 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 RHP is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on rhipe’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. 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.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.