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Increases in non-cash current assets may, or may not be deducted, depending on whether they are considered to be maintaining the status quo, or to be investments for growth.
Unlevered free cash flow i. This is the generally accepted definition. If there are mandatory repayments of debt, then some analysts utilize levered free cash flow, which is the same formula above, but less interest and mandatory principal repayments.
It is also preferred over the levered cash flow when conducting analyses to test the impact of different capital structures on the company. Uses[ edit ] Free cash flow measures the ease with which businesses can grow and pay dividends to shareholders.
Even profitable businesses may have negative cash flows. Their requirement for increased financing will result in increased financing cost reducing future income. According to the discounted cash flow valuation model, the intrinsic value of a company is the present value of all future free cash flows, plus the cash proceeds from its eventual sale.
The presumption is that the cash flows are used to pay dividends to the shareholders. Bear in mind the lumpiness discussed below. Some investors prefer using free cash flow instead of net income to measure a company's financial performance, because free cash flow is more difficult to manipulate than net income.
The problems with this presumption are itemized at cash flow and return of capital. The distributions are divided by the free cash flow. Distributions may include any of income, flowed-through capital gains or return of capital.
Problems with capital expenditures[ edit ] The expenditures for maintenances of assets is only part of the capex reported on the Statement of Cash Flows. It must be separated from the expenditures for growth purposes.
This split is not a requirement under GAAPand is not audited. Management is free to disclose maintenance capex or not. Therefore, this input to the calculation of free cash flow may be subject to manipulation, or require estimation. Since it may be a large number, maintenance capex's uncertainty is the basis for some people's dismissal of 'free cash flow'.
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