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As of today, First Solar, Inc.'s share price is $67.32. First Solar, Inc.'s Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was $5.83. Hence, First Solar, Inc.'s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio for today is 11.55.
During the past 13 years, First Solar, Inc.'s highest Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio was 5418.00. The lowest was 4.27. And the median was 29.08.
During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of First Solar, Inc. was 33.70% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 64.50% per year.
During the past 13 years, First Solar, Inc.'s highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 64.50% per year. The lowest was 0.00% per year. And the median was -1.65% per year.
First Solar, Inc.'s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio for today is calculated as
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First Solar, Inc.'s Share Price of today is $67.32.
First Solar, Inc.'s Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was -0.06 (Mar. 2013 ) + 1.51 (Jun. 2013 ) + 3.04 (Sep. 2013 ) + 1.34 (Dec. 2013 ) = $5.83.
It can also be calculated from the numbers for the whole company:
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.
In real business, Free Cash Flow can be affected by the change in accounts receivable, accounts payable, managements 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.
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