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Should Investors Be Happy About Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.’s (NYSE:NUS) Cash Levels?

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If you are currently a shareholder in Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:NUS), or considering investing in the stock, you need to examine how the business generates cash, and how it is reinvested. After investment, what’s left over is what belongs to you, the investor. This also determines how much the stock is worth. I will take you through NUS’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 Nu Skin Enterprises’s cash yield?

Nu Skin Enterprises’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 Nu Skin Enterprises to continue to grow, or at least, maintain its current operations.

The two ways to assess whether Nu Skin Enterprises’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

Nu Skin Enterprises’s yield of 4.05% 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 Nu Skin Enterprises but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.

NYSE:NUS Balance Sheet Net Worth, March 5th 2019

Is Nu Skin Enterprises’s yield sustainable?

Can NUS improve its operating cash production in the future? Let’s take a quick look at the cash flow trend the company is expected to deliver over time. Over the next few years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 64%, ramping up from its current levels of US$203m to US$332m in two years’ time. Although this seems impressive, breaking down into year-on-year growth rates, NUS’s operating cash flow growth is expected to decline from a rate of 43% next year, to 14% in the following year. But the overall future outlook seems buoyant if NUS can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well.

Next Steps:

The company’s low yield relative to the market index means you are taking on more risk holding the single-stock Nu Skin Enterprises 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, You should continue to research Nu Skin Enterprises to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is NUS 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 NUS 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 Nu Skin Enterprises’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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