Why You Should Care About McBride plc’s (LON:MCB) Cash Levels

If you are currently a shareholder in McBride plc (LSE:MCB), 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 McBride’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. Check out our latest analysis for McBride

What is McBride’s cash yield?

McBride’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 McBride to continue to grow, or at least, maintain its current operations. I will be analysing McBride’s FCF by looking at its FCF yield and its operating cash flow growth. The yield will tell us whether the stock is generating enough cash to compensate for the risk investors take on by holding a single stock, which I will compare to the market index. The growth will proxy for sustainability levels of this cash generation.

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

The business reinvests all its cash profits as well as borrows more money, to maintain and grow the company. This leads to a negative FCF, as well as negative FCF yield, in which case is not a very useful measure.

LSE:MCB Net Worth May 18th 18
LSE:MCB Net Worth May 18th 18

Is McBride’s yield sustainable?

McBride’s FCF may be negative today, but is operating cash flows expected to improve in the future? Let’s examine the cash flow trend the company is anticipated to produce over time. In the next couple of years, a doubling in growth of operating cash flows is extremely uplifting, especially if capital expenditure grows at a lower rate. Below is a table of McBride’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£17.60M UK£41.69M UK£49.28M UK£54.16M
OCF Growth Year-On-Year 136.89% 18.20% 9.90%
OCF Growth From Current Year 180.00% 207.71%

Next Steps:

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 McBride to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is MCB 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 MCB 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 McBride’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.