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Biogen Free Cash Flow

: $2,461 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 2021)
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Biogen's total free cash flow for the months ended in Jun. 2021 was $1,155 Mil. Its total free cash flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2021 was $2,461 Mil.

Biogen's Free Cash Flow per Share for the months ended in Jun. 2021 was $7.70. Its free cash flow per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2021 was $16.08.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Biogen was -56.10% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 23.30% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 15.80% 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, Biogen's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 181.50% per year. The lowest was -124.10% per year. And the median was 24.00% per year.


Biogen Free Cash Flow Historical Data

The historical data trend for Biogen'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.

* Premium members only.

Biogen Annual Data
Trend Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20
Free Cash Flow
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 3,859.50 2,588.20 5,301.60 6,409.10 3,678.00

Biogen Quarterly Data
Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21
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 1,843.50 1,097.00 -468.10 676.40 1,155.40

Biogen 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.

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

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

Free Cash Flow (A: Dec. 2020 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=4229.8+-551.8
=3,678

Biogen's Free Cash Flow for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2021 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (Q: Jun. 2021 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=1227.3+-71.9
=1,155

Free Cash Flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2021 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $2,461 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.


Biogen  (NAS:BIIB) 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 Jun21, Biogen's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Jun21)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=23.00590476/346.27+0.0725
=13.89 %

* 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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Biogen Business Description

Biogen logo
Industry
Healthcare » Drug Manufacturers NAICS : 325412 SIC : 2834
Address
225 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA, USA, 02142
Biogen and Idec merged in 2003, combining forces to market Biogen's multiple sclerosis drug Avonex and Idec's cancer drug Rituxan. Today, Rituxan and next-generation antibody Gazyva are marketed via a collaboration with Roche. Biogen also markets novel MS drugs Plegridy, Tysabri, Tecfidera, and Vumerity. In Japan, Biogen's MS portfolio is co-promoted by Eisai. Hemophilia therapies Eloctate and Alprolix (partnered with SOBI) were spun off as part of Bioverativ in 2017. Biogen has several drug candidates in phase 3 trials in neurology and neurodegenerative diseases and has launched Spinraza with partner Ionis. Aduhelm was approved as the firm's first Alzheimer's disease therapy in June 2021.
Executives
Mcdonnell Michael R officer: EVP, Chief Financial Officer C/O IQVIA HOLDINGS INC. 83 WOOSTER HEIGHTS ROAD DANBURY CT 06810
Gregory Ginger officer: EVP, Human Resources C/O BIOGEN INC. 225 BINNEY ST. CAMBRIDGE MA 02142
Kramer Robin officer: VP, Chief Accounting Officer 999 VANDERBILT BEACH ROAD 3RD FLOOR NAPLES FL 34109
Sherwin Stephen A director C/O CELL GENESYS, INC. 500 FORBES BLVD. SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO CA 94080
Hawkins William A director MEDTRONIC INC 710 MEDTRONIC PKWY, MS LC310 MINNEAPOLIS MN 55432-5604
Dorsa Caroline director BIOGEN INC. 225 BINNEY ST. CAMBRIDGE MA 02142
Papadopoulos Stelios director 3 SOMERSET DRIVE SOUTH GREAT NECK NY 11020
Pangia Robert W director 3965 FREEDOM CIRCLE SANTA CLARA CA 95054
Leaming Nancy director C/O HOLOGIC INC BEDFORD MA 01730
Rowinsky Eric K director IMCLONE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED 180 VARICK STREET, 6TH FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10014
Denner Alexander J director C/O SARISSA CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LP 660 STEAMBOAT ROAD, 3RD FLOOR GREENWICH CT 06830
Posner Brian S director 14 CAMBRIDGE CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA 02142
Mulligan Richard director C/O ICAHN CAPITAL LP 767 FIFTH AVENUE, SUITE 4700 NEW YORK NY 10153
Mantas Jesus B director BIOGEN INC. 225 BINNEY STREET CAMBRIDGE MA 02142
Galdes Alphonse officer: EVP Pharmaceutical Oper & Tech BIOGEN INC. 225 BINNEY ST. CAMBRIDGE MA 02142

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