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Does Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC) Generate Enough Cash?

Shawn Clark

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Two important questions to ask before you buy Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC) 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 will take you through CHC’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.

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What is Charter Hall Group’s cash yield?

Charter Hall Group generates cash through its day-to-day business, which needs to be reinvested into the company in order for it to continue operating. What remains after this expenditure, is known as its free cash flow, or FCF, for short.

The two ways to assess whether Charter Hall Group’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

Charter Hall Group’s yield of 4.83% indicates its sub-standard capacity to generate cash, compared to the stock market index as a whole, accounting for the size differential. This means investors are taking on more concentrated risk on Charter Hall Group but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.

ASX:CHC Balance Sheet Net Worth, February 25th 2019

What’s the cash flow outlook for Charter Hall Group?

Does CHC’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. In the next few years, CHC is expected to deliver a decline in operating cash flow compared to the most recent level of AU$187m, which is not an encouraging sign. Breaking down operating cash growth into a year-on-year basis, it seems like CHC will face a continued decline in growth rates, from 2.0% next year, to -12% in the following year.

Next Steps:

Charter Hall Group’s low free cash flow yield is deterring, in addition to its negative growth prospects. This means that, as an investor, you would be rewarded less than just holding a portfolio made up of all the stocks in the market, as well as taking on higher risk! Keep in mind that cash is only one aspect of investment analysis and there are other important fundamentals to assess. I recommend you continue to research Charter Hall Group to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is CHC 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 CHC 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 Charter Hall Group’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.

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