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Two important questions to ask before you buy Steven Madden, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SHOO) is, how it makes money and how it spends its cash. What is left after investment, determines the value of the stock since this cash flow technically belongs to investors of the company. I will take you through SHOO’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?
Steven Madden 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.
The two ways to assess whether Steven Madden’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
Steven Madden’s yield of 4.09% 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 Steven Madden but are not being adequately rewarded for doing so.
Does Steven Madden have a favourable cash flow trend?
Another important consideration is whether this return is likely to be maintained over the next couple of years. We can gauge this by looking at SHOO’s expected operating cash flows. Over the next couple years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 34%, ramping up from its current levels of US$169m to US$227m in three years’ time. Although this seems impressive, breaking down into year-on-year growth rates, SHOO’s operating cash flow growth is expected to decline from a rate of 18% in the upcoming year, to 5.5% by the end of the third year. But the overall future outlook seems buoyant if SHOO can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well.
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. However, cash is only one aspect of investing. Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I suggest you continue to research Steven Madden to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:
- Valuation: What is SHOO 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 SHOO is currently mispriced by the market.
- Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Steven Madden’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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