Two important questions to ask before you buy Capgemini SE (EPA:CAP) is, how it makes money and how it spends its cash. What is left after investment, determines the value of the stock since this cash flow technically belongs to investors of the company. I’ve analysed below, the health and outlook of CAP’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.
What is free cash flow?
Capgemini’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 Capgemini to continue to grow, or at least, maintain its current operations.
I will be analysing Capgemini’s FCF by looking at its FCF yield and its operating cash flow growth. The yield will tell us whether the stock is generating enough cash to compensate for the risk investors take on by holding a single stock, which I will compare to the market index. The growth will proxy for sustainability levels of this cash generation.
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
Although, Capgemini generate sufficient cash from its operational activities, its FCF yield of 5.32% is roughly in-line with the broader market’s high single-digit yield. This means investors are being compensated at the same level as they would be if they just held the well-diversified market index.
What’s the cash flow outlook for Capgemini?
Does CAP’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. Over the next few years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 14%, ramping up from its current levels of €1.3b to €1.5b in two years’ time. Furthermore, breaking down growth into a year on year basis, CAP is able to increase its growth rate each year, from 4.4% next year, to 9.0% in the following year. The overall future outlook seems buoyant if CAP can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well.
Capgemini is compensating investors at a cash yield similar to the wider market portfolio. But, in saying this, investors are taking on more risk by buying one single stock as opposed to a diversified market portfolio, but they are being compensated at the same level. Not the best deal! 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 Capgemini to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:
- Valuation: What is CAP 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 CAP is currently mispriced by the market.
- Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Capgemini’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
- 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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