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Why Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc.’s (NYSE:SSD) Cash Is A Factor You Need To Consider

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Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE:SSD) 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. After investment, what’s left over is what belongs to you, the investor. This also determines how much the stock is worth. Today we will examine SSD’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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What is Simpson Manufacturing’s cash yield?

Simpson Manufacturing 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 Simpson Manufacturing’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

Along with a positive operating cash flow, Simpson Manufacturing also generates a positive free cash flow. However, the yield of 2.67% is not sufficient to compensate for the level of risk investors are taking on. This is because Simpson Manufacturing’s yield is well-below the market yield, in addition to serving higher risk compared to the well-diversified market index.

NYSE:SSD Balance Sheet Net Worth, February 27th 2019

Does Simpson Manufacturing have a favourable cash flow trend?

Can SSD 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. In the next few years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 61%, ramping up from its current levels of US$142m to US$229m in two years’ time. Although this seems impressive, breaking down into year-on-year growth rates, SSD’s operating cash flow growth is expected to decline from a rate of 44% next year, to 11% in the following 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, Simpson Manufacturing 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. Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, You should continue to research Simpson Manufacturing to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is SSD 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 SSD 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 Simpson Manufacturing’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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