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Before Investing In Aptiv PLC (NYSE:APTV), Consider This

Sam Bishop

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Two important questions to ask before you buy Aptiv PLC (NYSE:APTV) 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 APTV’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 Aptiv’s cash yield?

Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash Aptiv 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 Aptiv’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, Aptiv also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 1.88% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because Aptiv’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

NYSE:APTV Balance Sheet Net Worth, February 22nd 2019

What’s the cash flow outlook for Aptiv?

Does APTV’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 couple years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 42%, ramping up from its current levels of US$1.6b to US$2.3b in three years’ time. Furthermore, breaking down growth into a year on year basis, APTV is able to increase its growth rate each year, from 7.5% in the upcoming year, to 14% by the end of the third year. The overall future outlook seems buoyant if APTV can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well.

Next Steps:

Given a low free cash flow yield, on the basis of cash, Aptiv 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 Aptiv to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is APTV 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 APTV 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 Aptiv’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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