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AAC Technologies Holdings Inc (HKG:2018): Exploring Free Cash Flows

Two important questions to ask before you buy AAC Technologies Holdings Inc (HKG:2018) 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 2018’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 free cash flow?

Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash AAC Technologies Holdings 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.

The two ways to assess whether AAC Technologies Holdings’s FCF is sufficient, is to compare the FCF yield to the market index yield, as well as determine whether the top-line operating cash flows will continue to grow.

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, AAC Technologies Holdings also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 0.71% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because AAC Technologies Holdings’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

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Does AAC Technologies Holdings have a favourable cash flow trend?

Can 2018 improve its operating cash production in the future? Let’s take a quick look at the cash flow trend the company is expected to deliver over time. In the next few years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 27%, ramping up from its current levels of CN¥6.8b to CN¥8.6b in two years’ time. Furthermore, breaking down growth into a year on year basis, 2018 is able to increase its growth rate each year, from 7.8% next year, to 18% in the following year. The overall future outlook seems buoyant if 2018 can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well.

Next Steps:

Although its positive operating cash flow, and high future growth, is appealing, the low free cash flow yield is unattractive. 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. Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, You should continue to research AAC Technologies Holdings to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is 2018 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 2018 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 AAC Technologies Holdings’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.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.