Free cash flow (FCF) represents the cash a company can produce after removing the purchase of assets such as property, equipment, and other major investments from its operating cash flow. FCF measures a company’s ability to produce cash that can be distributed in a discretionary way.
Knowing a company’s FCF lets management decide which future ventures would improve shareholder value. An abundant amount of FCF also shows that a company is generating more cash than it needs. Companies can also use their FCF to expand business operations or pursue other investments.
So, when measuring a company’s growth potential, FCF could serve as a better metric than earnings.
According to the Corporate Finance Institute1, “Other entities looking to invest may likely consider companies that have a healthy free cash flow because of a promising future.” It goes on to state, “Couple this with a low-valued share price, investors can generally make good investments with companies that have high FCF. Other investors greatly consider FCF compared to other measures because it also serves as an important basis for stock pricing.”
Seeking Companies With High Free Cash Flows
The VictoryShares Free Cash Flow ETF (VFLO ) targets large-cap companies with high free cash flows. It seeks to track the performance of the Victory U.S. Large Cap Free Cash Flow Index2. The Index methodology assesses free cash flow (FCF) based on a historic and forward-looking basis.
During a webcast hosted by VettaFi, Michael Mack, Associate Portfolio Manager for VictoryShares and Solutions, stated “future cash flow is a function of the growth rate.”
“Everything in this strategy is designed to point to what ultimately determines a company’s value,” he said.
The Victory U.S. Large Cap Free Cash Flow Index’s starting universe is the VettaFi 1000 Index, which consists of market-cap-weighted U.S. large-cap stocks. Financials and real estate are excluded.
From the starting universe, the 400 largest profitable companies are selected. VFLO’s Index then applies an expected free cash flow3 screen, where the 75 companies with the highest expected FCF are selected. The Index selects the top 50 stocks with the highest expected growth score, and holdings are then weighted based on the size and yield of a company’s FCF.
“This offers the ability to get value without sacrificing relative growth value potential,” Mack added.
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VettaFi LLC (“VettaFi”) is the index provider for VFLO, for which it receives an index licensing fee. However, VFLO is not issued, sponsored, endorsed, or sold by VettaFi, and VettaFi has no obligation or liability in connection with the issuance, administration, marketing, or trading of VFLO.
2 This Index calculates free cash flow yield by dividing expected free cash flow by enterprise value. Expected free cash flow is the average of trailing 12-month FCF and next 12-month forward free cash flow. Enterprise value (EV) measures a company’s total value, often used as a more comprehensive alternative to equity market capitalization.
3 Expected FCF is the average of the trailing 12-month FCF and the next 12-month forward FCF.
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