Wednesday, 12 September 2012

The number the directors don't want you to find

FCF (Free Cash Flow)

You can use this FCF in the following manners, by comparing it with the EPS, DPS and Market Price per share:

1.  Compare FCF/share with EPS
e.g.  FCF/share divided by EPS = 80%.

2.  Divide FCF/share by the DPS (Dividend per share)
e.g.  FCF/share divided by DPS = 1.6x
This looks at the ability of the company to distribute dividends by looking at its free cash flow.

3.  FCF yield.
e.g.  FCF/share divided by Market share price/share = 5.3%.
Where the FCF yield is high, the investors should be attracted to the stock.

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