Should Investors Be Happy About Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.’s (NYSE:SWK) Cash Levels?

Two important questions to ask before you buy Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK) 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 will take you through Stanley Black & Decker’s cash flow health and the risk-return concept based on the stock’s cash flow yield, using the most recent financial data. This will help you think about the company from a cash perspective, which is a crucial factor to investing.

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What is free cash flow?

Stanley Black & Decker generates cash through its day-to-day business, which needs to be reinvested into the company in order for it to continue operating. What remains after this expenditure, is known as its free cash flow, or FCF, for short.

There are two methods I will use to evaluate the quality of Stanley Black & Decker’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

Along with a positive operating cash flow, Stanley Black & Decker also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 2.63% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because Stanley Black & Decker’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

NYSE:SWK Net Worth December 22nd 18
NYSE:SWK Net Worth December 22nd 18

What’s the cash flow outlook for Stanley Black & Decker?

Does Stanley Black & Decker’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 26% is expected. The future seems buoyant if Stanley Black & Decker can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well. Below is a table of Stanley Black & Decker’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) US$1.5b US$1.7b US$1.9b US$1.9b
OCF Growth Year-On-Year 15% 8.3% 1.2%
OCF Growth From Current Year 25% 26%

Next Steps:

Low free cash flow yield means you are not currently well-compensated for the risk you’re taking on by holding onto Stanley Black & Decker 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 Stanley Black & Decker to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is SWK 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 SWK 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 Stanley Black & Decker’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.

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