Conformis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFMS): Cash Is King

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Two important questions to ask before you buy Conformis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFMS) 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 Conformis’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 Conformis’s cash yield?

Conformis’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 Conformis to continue to grow, or at least, maintain its current operations.

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

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.

NASDAQGS:CFMS Net Worth February 13th 19
NASDAQGS:CFMS Net Worth February 13th 19

Does Conformis have a favourable cash flow trend?

Conformis’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 few years, expected growth for Conformis’s operating cash is negative. This is unfavourable to its future outlook, especially if capital expenditure heads the opposite direction. Below is a table of Conformis’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$36.2m -US$17.0m -US$16.6m -US$6.0m
OCF Growth Year-On-Year -53% -2.3% -64%
OCF Growth From Current Year -54% -83%

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I suggest you continue to research Conformis to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Historical Performance: What has CFMS’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Conformis’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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