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Discover Financial Services  (NYSE:DFS) Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow: 5.74 (As of Today)

As of today, Discover Financial Services's share price is $65.20. Discover Financial Services's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2017 was $11.37. Hence, Discover Financial Services's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio for today is 5.74.

NYSE:DFS' s Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.59   Max: 10.02
Current: 5.74

0.59
10.02

During the past 13 years, Discover Financial Services's highest Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio was 10.02. The lowest was 0.59. And the median was 5.74.

NYSE:DFS's Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow is ranked higher than
62% of the 92 Companies
in the Global industry.

( Industry Median: 9.76 vs. NYSE:DFS: 5.74 )

Discover Financial Services's Free Cash Flow per Share for the three months ended in Jun. 2017 was $2.54. Its Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in was $11.37.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Discover Financial Services was 25.40% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 15.70% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 11.60% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 8.40% per year.

During the past 13 years, Discover Financial Services's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 41.50% per year. The lowest was 0.00% per year. And the median was 8.70% per year.


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

* Premium members only.

Discover Financial Services Annual Data

Nov07 Nov08 Nov09 Nov10 Nov11 Nov12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 7.46 8.31 8.23 6.37 6.87

Discover Financial Services Quarterly Data

Aug12 Nov12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17
Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow 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 5.91 5.86 6.87 6.62 5.47

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


Calculation

Discover Financial Services'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)
=65.20/11.366
=5.74

Discover Financial Services's Share Price of today is $65.20.
Discover Financial Services's Free Cash Flow per Share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2017 was 3.162 (Sep. 2016 ) + 3.16 (Dec. 2016 ) + 2.503 (Mar. 2017 ) + 2.541 (Jun. 2017 ) = $11.37.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

It can also be calculated from the numbers for the whole company:

Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow Ratio=Market Cap (M)/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.


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