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MercadoLibre Free Cash Flow per Share

: $-0.39 (TTM As of Sep. 2021)
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MercadoLibre's Free Cash Flow per Share for the three months ended in Sep. 2021 was $1.89. Its Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2021 was $-0.39.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of MercadoLibre was -102.40% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 62.30% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 35.80% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 23.20% 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 MercadoLibre's Free Cash Flow per Share or its related term are showing as below:

NAS:MELI' s 3-Year FCF Growth Rate Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: -19.5   Med: 36.1   Max: 121.8
Current: 62.3

-19.5
121.8

During the past 13 years, MercadoLibre's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 121.80% per year. The lowest was -19.50% per year. And the median was 36.10% per year.

NAS:MELI's 3-Year FCF Growth Rate is ranked higher than
82% of the 671 Companies
in the Retail - Cyclical industry.

( Industry Median: 18.20 vs. NAS:MELI: 62.30 )

MercadoLibre Free Cash Flow per Share Historical Data

The historical data trend for MercadoLibre'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.

* Premium members only.

MercadoLibre Annual Data
Trend Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20
Free Cash Flow per Share
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 2.56 4.40 2.99 6.45 18.81

MercadoLibre Quarterly Data
Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21
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 5.96 3.40 -7.69 2.01 1.89

MercadoLibre 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.

MercadoLibre's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2020 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(A: Dec. 2020 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(1182.552+-247.141)/49.740
=935.411/49.740
=18.81

MercadoLibre's Free Cash Flow Per Share for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2021 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow Per Share(Q: Sep. 2021 )
=(Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure)/Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average)
=(265.306+-171.534)/49.597
=93.772/49.597
=1.89

Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2021 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $-0.39

* 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.


MercadoLibre  (NAS:MELI) 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 Dec20, MercadoLibre's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Dec20)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=2.96361905/1679.4+-0.1567
=-15.49 %

* 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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MercadoLibre Business Description

MercadoLibre logo
Industry
Consumer Cyclical » Retail - Cyclical NAICS : 454110 SIC : 5961
Address
Pasaje Posta 4789, 6th Floor, Buenos Aires, ARG, C1430EKG
Founded in 1999, MercadoLibre's commerce segment (representing 64% of net revenue in 2020) includes online marketplaces in more than a dozen Latin American countries, display and paid search advertising capabilities (MercadoClics), online store management services (MercadoShops), and third-party logistics solutions (MercadoEnvios). Its fintech segment includes an online/offline payment-processing platform (MercadoPago), mobile wallet platform, credit solutions for buyers/sellers, and asset management offerings (Mercado Fondo). The company derives more than 95% of its revenue from Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico.
Executives
Aguzin Alejandro Nicolas director ARIAS 3751, 7TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430DNN
Calemzuk Emiliano director C/O MERCADOLIBRE, INC. TRONADOR 4890, 8TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430DNN
Segal Susan director PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> Ownership Information: SEGAL SUSAN a.header:link {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:visited {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:hover {color: #191970;}
Vazquez Mario director TRONADOR 4890, 8TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 430DNN
Malka Meyer director C/O MERCADOLIBRE, INC. ARIAS 3751, 7TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1C1430CRG
Sallouti Roberto Balls director ARIAS 3751, 7TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1 C1430CRG
Galperin Marcos director, officer: President and CEO C/O MERCADOLIBRE, INC. TRONADOR 4890, 8TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430DNN
Tolda Stelleo officer: Executive VP and COO C/O MERCADOLIBRE, INC. TRONADOR 4890, 8TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430DNN
Ebay Inc 10 percent owner 2025 HAMILTON AVENUE SAN JOSE CA 95125
Rabinovich Daniel officer: EVP-Chief Technology Officer ARIAS 3751, 7TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430CRG
Melamud Marcelo officer: VP - Chief Accounting Officer TRONADOR 4890, 8TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430DNN
Spence A Michael director 121 INNOVATION DR STE 200 IRVINE CA 92612
Arnt Pedro officer: Executive VP and CFO ARIAS 3751, 7TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430CRG
Osvaldo Gimenez officer: Executive VP - Payments TRONADOR 4890, 8TH FLOOR BUENOS AIRES C1 C1430DNN
Olivan Javier director 62 RIDGE VIEW DRIVE ATHERTON X1 94027

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