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As of today, MeadWestvaco Corp's share price is $48.30. MeadWestvaco Corp's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was $0.77. Hence, MeadWestvaco Corp's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio for today is 62.56.
MeadWestvaco Corp's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio for today is calculated as
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MeadWestvaco Corp's Share Price of today is $48.30.
MeadWestvaco Corp's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 0.45 (Jun. 2014 ) + 0.39 (Sep. 2014 ) + 0.974 (Dec. 2014 ) + -1.042 (Mar. 2015 ) = $0.77.
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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