EV / Free Cash Flow

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Definition

EV/Free Cash Flow (EV/FCF) is the enterprise value of a company divided by its free cash flows.

EV/FCF answers the question "What is a company being valued per each dollar of FCF?" A high (low) EV/FCF mean the company is potentially overvalued (undervalued).

EV/Financial Metrics are often used by analysts to quickly look at a company's valuation multiples. All things being equal, the lower this ratio is, the better.

Other similar metrics include :
EV/EBITDA : How much is each dollar of EBITDA worth to investors?
EV/EBIT : Or each dollar of EBIT?
EV/Revenues: Or each dollar of Revenues?

For more information on evaluating valuation multiples similar to this, please see our original white paper research : Making Sense Of Valuation Multiples.

Formula

EV / Free Cash Flow = Enterprise Value / Free Cash Flow (TTM)

(See other glossary entries for the component calculations)

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