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Broadcom (Broadcom) Free Cash Flow : $18,393 Mil (TTM As of Jan. 2024)


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What is Broadcom Free Cash Flow?

Broadcom's total free cash flow for the months ended in Jan. 2024 was $4,693 Mil. Its total free cash flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2024 was $18,393 Mil.

Broadcom's Free Cash Flow per Share for the months ended in Jan. 2024 was $10.05. Its free cash flow per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2024 was $42.13.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Broadcom was 5.80% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 14.50% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 17.60% per year. During the past 10 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 36.00% 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 Free Cash Flow Growth Rate using Free Cash Flow per Share data.

During the past 13 years, Broadcom's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 69.70% per year. The lowest was 3.30% per year. And the median was 46.20% per year.


Broadcom Free Cash Flow Historical Data

The historical data trend for Broadcom's Free Cash Flow 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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Broadcom Free Cash Flow Chart

Broadcom Annual Data
Trend Oct14 Oct15 Oct16 Oct17 Oct18 Oct19 Oct20 Oct21 Oct22 Oct23
Free Cash Flow
Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 9,265.00 11,598.00 13,321.00 16,312.00 17,633.00

Broadcom Quarterly Data
Apr19 Jul19 Oct19 Jan20 Apr20 Jul20 Oct20 Jan21 Apr21 Jul21 Oct21 Jan22 Apr22 Jul22 Oct22 Jan23 Apr23 Jul23 Oct23 Jan24
Free Cash Flow Get a 7-Day Free Trial 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 3,933.00 4,380.00 4,597.00 4,723.00 4,693.00

Broadcom Free Cash Flow Calculation

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.

Broadcom's Free Cash Flow for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2023 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (A: Oct. 2023 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=18085+-452
=17,633

Broadcom's Free Cash Flow for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2024 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (Q: Jan. 2024 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=4815+-122
=4,693

Free Cash Flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2024 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $18,393 Mil.

* 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.


Broadcom  (NAS:AVGO) Free Cash Flow 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 Jan24, Broadcom's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Jan24)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=32.4712381/1180+0.2
=22.75 %

* 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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Broadcom (Broadcom) Business Description

Address
3421 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, USA, 94304
Broadcom is the sixth-largest semiconductor company globally and has expanded into various software businesses, with over $30 billion in annual revenue. It sells 17 core semiconductor product lines across wireless, networking, broadband, storage, and industrial markets. It is primarily a fabless designer but holds some manufacturing in-house, like for its best-of-breed FBAR filters that sell into the Apple iPhone. In software, it sells virtualization, infrastructure, and security software to large enterprises, financial institutions, and governments.Broadcom is the product of consolidation. Its businesses are an amalgamation of former companies like legacy Broadcom and Avago Technologies in chips, as well as Brocade, CA Technologies, and Symantec in software.
Executives
Kirsten M. Spears officer: Principal Accounting Officer 1320 RIDDER PARK, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Hock E Tan director, officer: President and CEO BROADCOM INC., 1320 RIDDER PARK DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Eddy W Hartenstein director
Mark David Brazeal officer: Chief Legal Officer 1320 RIDDER PARK DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Charlie B Kawwas officer: SVP & Chief Sales Officer C/O AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES U.S. INC., 350 WEST TRIMBLE ROAD, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Justine Lien director 1320 RIDDER PARK DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Harry L. You director EMC CORPORATION, 176 SOUTH STREET, HOPKINTON MA 01748
Check Kian Low director 1320 RIDDER PARK DRIVE, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Raul J Fernandez director 11600 SUNRISE VALLEY DR, RESTON VA 20191
Gayla J Delly director 3000 TECHNOLOGY DR, ANGLETON TX 77515
Diane M Bryant director 2200 MISSION COLLEGE BLVD, SANTA CLARA CA 95054
Thomas H. Krause officer: Chief Financial Officer 1320 RIDDER PARK, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Henry Samueli director, officer: Chief Technical Officer 5300 CALIFORNIA AVENUE, IRVINE CA 92617-3038
Bryan Ingram officer: SVP & GM, Wireless Semicon Div C/O AVAGO TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED, 350 WEST TRIMBLE ROAD, BLDG. 90, SAN JOSE CA 95131
Donald Macleod director

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