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Lowe's Free Cash Flow per Share

: $10.04 (TTM As of Apr. 2022)
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Lowe's's Free Cash Flow per Share for the three months ended in Apr. 2022 was $3.98. Its Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Apr. 2022 was $10.04.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Lowe's was -19.00% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 24.10% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 20.80% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 17.10% per year. Please click Growth Rate Calculation Example (GuruFocus) to see how GuruFocus calculates Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT)'s revenue growth rate. You can apply the same method to get the FCF Growth Rate using Free Cash Flow per Share data.

The historical rank and industry rank for Lowe's's Free Cash Flow per Share or its related term are showing as below:

LOW' s 3-Year FCF Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -162.1   Med: 14.9   Max: 100.5
Current: 24.1

During the past 13 years, Lowe's's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 100.50% per year. The lowest was -162.10% per year. And the median was 14.90% per year.

LOW's 3-Year FCF Growth Rate is ranked better than
59.39% of 687 companies
in the Retail - Cyclical industry
Industry Median: 15.50 vs LOW: 24.10

Lowe's Free Cash Flow per Share Historical Data

The historical data trend for Lowe's's Free Cash Flow per Share can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Lowe's Annual Data
Trend Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Jan17 Jan18 Jan19 Jan20 Jan21 Jan22
Free Cash Flow per Share
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 4.69 6.18 3.61 12.34 11.82

Lowe's Quarterly Data
Jul17 Oct17 Jan18 Apr18 Jul18 Oct18 Jan19 Apr19 Jul19 Oct19 Jan20 Apr20 Jul20 Oct20 Jan21 Apr21 Jul21 Oct21 Jan22 Apr22
Free Cash Flow per Share Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 5.60 2.88 2.68 0.50 3.98

Lowe's Free Cash Flow per Share Calculation

Free Cashflow per Share is the amount of Free Cashflow per outstanding share of the company's stock.

Free Cash Flow is considered one of the most important parameters to measure a company's earnings power by value investors because it is not subject to estimates of Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization (DDA). However, when we look at the Free Cash Flow, we should look from a long term perspective, because any year's Free Cash Flow can be drastically affected by the spending on Property, Plant, & Equipment (PPE) of the business in that year. Over the long term, Free Cash Flow should give pretty good picture on the real earnings power of the company.

Note: GuruFocus does not calculate Free Cash Flow Per Share when Capital Expenditure is 0.

Lowe's's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the fiscal year that ended in Jan. 2022 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(A: Jan. 2022 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(10113+-1853)/699.000
=8260/699.000
=11.82

Lowe's's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2022 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(Q: Apr. 2022 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(2977+-343)/662.000
=2634/662.000
=3.98

Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Apr. 2022 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $10.04

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Lowe's  (NYSE:LOW) Free Cash Flow per Share Explanation

Free Cash Flow is very close to Warren Buffett's definition of Owner's Earnings, except that in Warren Buffett's Owner's Earnings, the spending for Property, Plant, and Equipment is only for maintenance (replacement), while in the Free Cash Flow calculation, the cost of new Property, Plant, and Equipment due to business expansion is also deducted. There, Free Cash Flow is more conservative than Owner's Earnings.

In Don Yacktman's calculation of forward rate of return, he uses Free Cash Flow for the calculation. Yacktman explained the forward rate of return concept in detail in his interview with GuruFocus. Yacktman defines forward rate of return as the normalized free cash flow yield plus real growth plus inflation.

This is what Yacktman said in his March 2012 interview - when the S&P 500 was at 1400:

If the business is stable, this calculation is fairly straightforward. For instance, on the S&P 500 we would normalize earnings. We would then calculate what percentage of those earnings are not reinvested in the underlying businesses and are therefore free. Historically, for the S&P 500, this has been just under 50% of earnings. Currently, we expect the S&P to earn about 70 on a normalized basis, a number which is far below reported earnings due to our adjusting for record high profit margins. $70 X ½ / 1400 gives you a normalized free cash flow yield of approximately 2.5%.

The historical real growth rate of the S&P 500 (companies) is about 1.5%. Assuming an inflation rate of 2.5%, the forward rate of return on an investment in the S&P 500 is about 6.5% today (2.5% free cash flow yield plus 1.5% real growth plus 2.5% inflation).

For the growth part of the Forward Rate of Return calculation, GuruFocus uses the 5-year average growth rate of EBITDA per share as the growth rate, and the growth rate is always capped at 20%. For the Free Cash Flow we use per share data averaged over seven years. The reason we use seven years is because research shows that seven years is the length of the typical business cycle.

Therefore, as of Jan22, Lowe's's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Jan22)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=8.02247619/197.73+0.2
=24.06 %

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


Be Aware

Free Cash Flow within a report period can be affected by management's decisions of capital spending. Therefore, it is important to look at long term when it comes to Free Cash Flow.


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Lowe's Business Description

Lowe's logo
Address
1000 Lowe's Boulevard, Mooresville, NC, USA, 28117
Lowe's is the second- largest home improvement retailer in the world (behind wide-moat Home Depot), operating 1,971 stores and servicing 230 dealer-owned stores throughout the United States and Canada. The firm's stores offer products and services for home decorating, maintenance, repair, and remodeling. Lowe's targets retail do-it-yourself and do-it-for-me customers as well as commercial business clients. We estimate Lowe's captures a low-double-digit share of the $900 billion domestic home improvement market, based on Lowe's estimate for market size.
Executives
Taylor Colleen director C/O BILL.COM HOLDINGS, INC. 1800 EMBARCADERO ROAD PALO ALTO CA 94303
Sink Brandon J officer: EVP, Chief Financial Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Stone West Mary E director C/O HASBRO, INC. 1011 NEWPORT AVENUE PAWTUCKET RI 02861
Heinrich Daniel J director CLOROX CO 1221 BROADWAY OAKLAND CA 94612
Griggs Dan Clayton Jr officer: Vice President, CAO 1000 LOWES BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Little Janice Dupre officer: EVP Human Resources 1000 LOWES BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Thalberg Marisa F officer: EVP Chief Brand & Mktg Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Denton David M officer: EVP, Chief Financial Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Godbole Seemantini officer: EVP, Chief Information Officer 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Mason Tiffany L officer: Interim CFO & SVP 440 S. CHURCH STREET SUITE 700 CHARLOTTE NC 28202
Boltz William P officer: EVP, Merchandising 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Mcfarland Joseph Michael officer: EVP, Stores 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Frieson Donald officer: EVP, Supply Chain 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Ellison Marvin R director, officer: President and CEO 1000 LOWE'S BOULEVARD MOORESVILLE NC 28117
Rogers Brian C director T ROWE PRICE GROUP INC 100 E PRATT ST BALTIMORE MD 21202

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