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Is Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE) Spending Too Much Money?

Luis Baughman

If you are currently a shareholder in Franklin Electric Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:FELE), or considering investing in the stock, you need to examine how the business generates cash, and how it is reinvested. What is left after investment, determines the value of the stock since this cash flow technically belongs to investors of the company. Today we will examine FELE’s ability to generate cash flows, as well as the level of capital expenditure it is expected to incur over the next couple of years, which will result in how much money goes to you.

View our latest analysis for Franklin Electric

What is Franklin Electric’s cash yield?

Franklin Electric 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.

There are two methods I will use to evaluate the quality of Franklin Electric’s FCF: firstly, I will measure its FCF yield relative to the market index yield; secondly, I will examine whether its operating cash flow will continue to grow into the future, which will give us a sense of sustainability.

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, Franklin Electric also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 2.91% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because Franklin Electric’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

NASDAQGS:FELE Net Worth January 25th 19
NASDAQGS:FELE Net Worth January 25th 19

What’s the cash flow outlook for Franklin Electric?

Does FELE’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, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 57%, ramping up from its current levels of US$87m to US$137m in two years’ time. Although this seems impressive, breaking down into year-on-year growth rates, FELE’s operating cash flow growth is expected to decline from a rate of 37% next year, to 15% in the following year. However the overall picture seems encouraging, should capital expenditure levels maintain at an appropriate level.

Next Steps:

The company’s low yield relative to the market index means you are taking on more risk holding the single-stock Franklin Electric as opposed to the diversified market portfolio, and being compensated for less. Though the high operating cash flow growth in the future could change this. Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I recommend you continue to research Franklin Electric to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is FELE 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 FELE 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 Franklin Electric’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.