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Cato Corp (NYSE:CATO)
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio
13.30 (As of Today)

As of today, Cato Corp's share price is $28.46. Cato Corp's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was $2.14. Hence, Cato Corp's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio for today is 13.30.

CATO' s 10-Year Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio Range
Min: 6.93   Max: 26.03
Current: 13.3

6.93
26.03

During the past 13 years, Cato Corp's highest Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio was 26.03. The lowest was 6.93. And the median was 12.88.

CATO's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratiois ranked higher than
71% of the 593 Companies
in the Global Apparel Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.33 vs. CATO: 13.30 )

Cato Corp's Free Cash Flow per Share for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $0.29. Its Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was $2.14.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Cato Corp was 74.00% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 1.00% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was -8.70% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 2.70% per year.

During the past 13 years, Cato Corp's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 71.00% per year. The lowest was -22.00% per year. And the median was 7.90% per year.


Definition

Cato Corp's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio for today is calculated as

Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio=Share Price/Free Cash Flow per Share (TTM)
=28.46/2.14
=13.30

Cato Corp's Share Price of today is $28.46.
Cato Corp's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was 1.51 (Apr. 2013 ) + 0.75 (Jul. 2013 ) + -0.41 (Oct. 2013 ) + 0.29 (Jan. 2014 ) = $2.14.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

It can also be calculated from the numbers for the whole company:

Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio=Market Cap/Free Cash Flow

Explanation

Free Cash Flow is considered more important than earnings by value investors. The reason is because, in principle, only the net cash that can be taken from the business belongs to shareholders. This Free Cash Flow can be used to grow the business, reduce debt or return to shareholders in dividends or share buybacks.

In a DCF Calculation Free Cash Flow is used to determine the intrinsic value of companies.


Be Aware

In real business, Free Cash Flow can be affected by the change in accounts receivable, accounts payable, management’s decision on expansion, etc. Therefore, investors should look at the Free Cash Flow over the longer term. Long-term average of Free Cash Flow is a more reliable indicator for real free cash flow.


Related Terms

Free Cash Flow, Free Cash Flow per Share, P/S Ratio, P/B Ratio, P/E Ratio


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Cato Corp Annual Data

Jan05Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14
pfcf 11.7216.2323.279.207.397.9611.8617.1922.4113.07

Cato Corp Quarterly Data

Oct11Jan12Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14
pfcf 13.5617.1914.4918.1820.1322.4122.8716.2716.5613.07
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