Two important questions to ask before you buy Conformis Inc (NASDAQ:CFMS) 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 healthcare equipment industry, CFMS is currently valued at US$77.1m. I will take you through CFMS’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.
What is free cash flow?
Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash Conformis 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.
I will be analysing Conformis’s FCF by looking at its FCF yield and its operating cash flow growth. The yield will tell us whether the stock is generating enough cash to compensate for the risk investors take on by holding a single stock, which I will compare to the market index. The growth will proxy for sustainability levels of this cash generation.
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
After accounting for capital expenses required to run the business, Conformis is not able to generate positive FCF, leading to a negative FCF yield – not very useful for interpretation!
Does Conformis have a favourable cash flow trend?
Conformis’s FCF may be negative today, but is operating cash flows expected to improve in the future? Let’s examine the cash flow trend the company is anticipated to produce over time. Over the next few years, expected growth for CFMS’s operating cash is negative, with operating cash flows expected to decline from its current level of -US$35.5m. This is unfavourable to its future outlook, especially if capital expenditure heads the opposite direction. Breaking down operating cash growth into a year-on-year basis, it seems like CFMS will face a continued decline in growth rates, from -2.2% next year, to -27.1% in the following year.
Keep in mind that cash is only one aspect of investment analysis and there are other important fundamentals to assess. I suggest you continue to research Conformis to get a better picture of the company by looking at:
- Historical Performance: What has CFMS’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
- Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Conformis’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
- 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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