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Should You Care About Infinera Corporation’s (NASDAQ:INFN) Cash Levels?

If you are currently a shareholder in Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ:INFN), or considering investing in the stock, you need to examine how the business generates cash, and how it is reinvested. This difference directly flows down to how much the stock is worth. Operating in the communications equipment industry, INFN is currently valued at US$777m. I will take you through INFN’s cash flow health and the risk-return concept based on the stock’s cash flow yield, using the most recent financial data. This will help you think about the company from a cash perspective, which is a crucial factor to investing.

Check out our latest analysis for Infinera

Is Infinera generating enough cash?

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

I will be analysing Infinera’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

Along with a positive operating cash flow, Infinera also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 2.36% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because Infinera’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

NasdaqGS:INFN Net Worth November 10th 18

Is Infinera’s yield sustainable?

Does INFN’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, expected growth for INFN’s operating cash is negative, with operating cash flows expected to decline from its current level of -US$29m. This is unfavourable to its future outlook, especially if capital expenditure heads the opposite direction. Breaking down operating cash growth into a year-on-year basis, it seems like INFN will face a continued decline in growth rates, from -31% next year, to -261% in the following year.

Next Steps:

Given a low free cash flow yield, on the basis of cash, Infinera becomes a less appealing investment. 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 Infinera to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Historical Performance: What has INFN’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 Infinera’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.