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Proto Labs Inc (NYSE:PRLB)
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio
143.65 (As of Today)

As of today, Proto Labs Inc's share price is $66.08. Proto Labs Inc's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $0.46. Hence, Proto Labs Inc's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio for today is 143.65.

PRLB' s 10-Year Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratio Range
Min: 57.45   Max: 1894.5
Current: 143.5

57.45
1894.5

During the past 5 years, Proto Labs Inc's highest Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio was 1894.50. The lowest was 57.45. And the median was 114.71.

PRLB's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow ratiois ranked higher than
66% of the 2168 Companies
in the Global Tools & Accessories industry.

( Industry Median: 43.12 vs. PRLB: 143.50 )

Proto Labs Inc's Free Cash Flow per Share for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $0.37. Its Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was $0.46.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Proto Labs Inc was -52.60% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 7.60% per year.


Definition

Proto Labs Inc'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)
=66.08/0.46
=143.65

Proto Labs Inc's Share Price of today is $66.08.
Proto Labs Inc's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 0.3 (Dec. 2013 ) + 0.21 (Mar. 2014 ) + -0.42 (Jun. 2014 ) + 0.37 (Sep. 2014 ) = $0.46.

* 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.

Proto Labs Inc Annual Data

Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
pfcf 0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00127.1661.90

Proto Labs Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
pfcf 1,438.001,127.33127.1671.1673.8378.7561.9066.34192.93152.98
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