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Why You Should Care About Evolution Gaming Group AB (publ)’s (STO:EVO) Cash Levels

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Evolution Gaming Group AB (publ) (STO:EVO) shareholders, and potential investors, need to understand how much cash the business makes from its core operational activities, as well as how much is invested back into the business. What is left after investment, determines the value of the stock since this cash flow technically belongs to investors of the company. Today we will examine EVO’s ability to generate cash flows, as well as the level of capital expenditure it is expected to incur over the next couple of years, which will result in how much money goes to you.

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Is Evolution Gaming Group generating enough cash?

Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash Evolution Gaming Group 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.

There are two methods I will use to evaluate the quality of Evolution Gaming Group’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, Evolution Gaming Group also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 0.23% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because Evolution Gaming Group’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

OM:EVO Balance Sheet Net Worth, April 2nd 2019

What’s the cash flow outlook for Evolution Gaming Group?

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 EVO’s expected operating cash flows. In the next couple of years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 66%, ramping up from its current levels of €100m to €166m in three years’ time. Although this seems impressive, breaking down into year-on-year growth rates, EVO's operating cash flow growth is expected to decline from a rate of 25% in the upcoming year, to 13% by the end of the third year. However the overall picture seems encouraging, should capital expenditure levels maintain at an appropriate level.

Next Steps:

Given a low free cash flow yield, on the basis of cash, Evolution Gaming Group 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. Keep in mind that cash is only one aspect of investment analysis and there are other important fundamentals to assess. You should continue to research Evolution Gaming Group to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is EVO 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 EVO 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 Evolution Gaming Group’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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