One Factor To Consider Before Investing In Fuller Smith & Turner PLC (LON:FSTA)

Two important questions to ask before you buy Fuller Smith & Turner PLC (LON:FSTA) is, how it makes money and how it spends its cash. This difference directly flows down to how much the stock is worth. Operating in the restaurants industry, Fuller Smith & Turner is currently valued at UK£516.48m. I’ve analysed below, the health and outlook of Fuller Smith & Turner’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.

Check out our latest analysis for Fuller Smith & Turner

What is free cash flow?

Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash Fuller Smith & Turner 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 Fuller Smith & Turner’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

Fuller Smith & Turner’s yield of 3.28% 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 Fuller Smith & Turner but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.

LSE:FSTA Net Worth August 11th 18
LSE:FSTA Net Worth August 11th 18

Does Fuller Smith & Turner have a favourable cash flow trend?

Does Fuller Smith & Turner’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 couple of years, a double-digit growth in operating cash of 52.92% is expected. The future seems buoyant if Fuller Smith & Turner can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well. Below is a table of Fuller Smith & Turner’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) UK£52.30m UK£73.80m UK£71.61m UK£79.98m
OCF Growth Year-On-Year 41.11% -2.97% 11.69%
OCF Growth From Current Year 36.91% 52.92%

Next Steps:

The company’s low yield relative to the market index means you are taking on more risk holding the single-stock Fuller Smith & Turner as opposed to the diversified market portfolio, and being compensated for less. Though the high operating cash flow growth in the future could change this. Keep in mind that cash is only one aspect of investment analysis and there are other important fundamentals to assess. I recommend you continue to research Fuller Smith & Turner to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is FSTA 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 FSTA 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 Fuller Smith & Turner’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.

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