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Fastenal Company Message Board

  • shortofaname_99 shortofaname_99 Jan 18, 2012 8:16 AM Flag

    FAST: only $0.50 per share of free cash flow

    Yes folks, FAST generated just $0.50 per share of free cash flow in all of last year. Not even enough to cover the dividend, and cash balance fell. Receivables were up more than 25% and capex was 3x depreciation. Something fishy here. Looks like company is stretching its profit figures. And management is disingenuous in comparing their net income to operating cash flow. The correct comparison should be to free cash flow, which is really low. This is a $25 stock at best. Buyer beware.

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