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Is Jerónimo Martins SGPS SA (ELI:JMT) Spending Too Much Money?

Two important questions to ask before you buy Jerónimo Martins SGPS SA (ELI:JMT) is, how it makes money and how it spends its cash. This difference directly flows down to how much the stock is worth. Operating in the food retail industry, JMT is currently valued at €6.7b. I will take you through JMT’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 Jerónimo Martins SGPS’s cash yield?

Jerónimo Martins SGPS’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 Jerónimo Martins SGPS to continue to grow, or at least, maintain its current operations.

There are two methods I will use to evaluate the quality of Jerónimo Martins SGPS’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, Jerónimo Martins SGPS also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 1.61% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because Jerónimo Martins SGPS’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

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What’s the cash flow outlook for Jerónimo Martins SGPS?

Does JMT’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 couple of years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 29%, ramping up from its current levels of €861m to €1.1b in three years’ time. Although this seems impressive, breaking down into year-on-year growth rates, JMT’s operating cash flow growth is expected to decline from a rate of 9.7% in the upcoming year, to 7.8% by the end of the third year. However the overall picture seems encouraging, should capital expenditure levels maintain at an appropriate level.

Next Steps:

Although its positive operating cash flow, and high future growth, is appealing, the low free cash flow yield is unattractive. 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. Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I recommend you continue to research Jerónimo Martins SGPS to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is JMT 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 JMT 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 Jerónimo Martins SGPS’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.