Should You Care About NIIT Limited’s (NSE:NIITLTD) Cash Levels?

Two important questions to ask before you buy NIIT Limited (NSE:NIITLTD) is, how it makes money and how it spends its cash. After investment, what’s left over is what belongs to you, the investor. This also determines how much the stock is worth. I’ve analysed below, the health and outlook of NIIT’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 NIIT’s cash yield?

Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash NIIT 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.

I will be analysing NIIT’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

NIIT’s yield of 1.73% 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 NIIT but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.

NSEI:NIITLTD Balance Sheet Net Worth, March 9th 2019
NSEI:NIITLTD Balance Sheet Net Worth, March 9th 2019

Does NIIT have a favourable cash flow trend?

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 NIIT’s expected operating cash flows. Over the next two years, NIIT’s operating cash flows is expected to grow by a double-digit 28%, which is encouraging, should capital expenditure levels maintain at an appropriate level. Below is a table of NIIT’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) ₹874m ₹947m ₹1.1b
OCF Growth Year-On-Year 8.4% 18%
OCF Growth From Current Year 28%

Next Steps:

Given a low free cash flow yield, on the basis of cash, NIIT 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. Keep in mind that cash is only one aspect of investment analysis and there are other important fundamentals to assess. I suggest you continue to research NIIT to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is NIITLTD 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 NIITLTD 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 NIIT’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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