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Value Line Free Cash Flow

: $18.53 Mil (TTM As of Jul. 2021)
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Value Line's total free cash flow for the months ended in Jul. 2021 was $7.64 Mil. Its total free cash flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2021 was $18.53 Mil.

Value Line's Free Cash Flow per Share for the months ended in Jul. 2021 was $0.80. Its free cash flow per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2021 was $1.94.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Value Line was -2.80% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 20.00% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 177.60% 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, Value Line's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 564.60% per year. The lowest was -54.80% per year. And the median was -0.60% per year.


Value Line Free Cash Flow Historical Data

The historical data trend for Value Line'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.

Value Line Annual Data
Trend Apr12 Apr13 Apr14 Apr15 Apr16 Apr17 Apr18 Apr19 Apr20 Apr21
Free Cash Flow
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 2.35 9.50 11.37 13.74 16.23

Value Line Quarterly Data
Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17 Oct17 Jan18 Apr18 Jul18 Oct18 Jan19 Apr19 Jul19 Oct19 Jan20 Apr20 Jul20 Oct20 Jan21 Apr21 Jul21
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 5.34 2.23 2.65 6.02 7.64

Value Line 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.

Value Line's Free Cash Flow for the fiscal year that ended in Apr. 2021 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (A: Apr. 2021 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=16.41+-0.178
=16.23

Value Line's Free Cash Flow for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2021 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (Q: Jul. 2021 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=7.635+0
=

Free Cash Flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jul. 2021 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $18.53 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.


Value Line  (NAS:VALU) 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 Jul21, Value Line's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Jul21)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=1.20266667/32+0.2
=23.76 %

* 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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Value Line Business Description

Value Line logo
Industry
Financial Services » Capital Markets NAICS : 523210 SIC : 7323
Traded in Other Exchanges
N/A
Address
551 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, USA, 10176-0001
Value Line Inc is a U.S based company. It produces investment periodicals based on underlying research and making available copyright data, including ranking system and other information, to third parties under written agreements for use in third-party managed and marketed investment products and for other purposes. The company markets under well-known brands including Value Line, the Value Line logo, The Value Line Investment Survey, Smart Research, Smarter Investing and The Most Trusted Name in Investment Research. Its only operating segment being Publishing.
Executives
Fiore Alfred R director 1 ANGORA ROAD WESTPORT CT 06880
Brecher Howard A director, officer: Chairman and CEO VALUE LINE 220 E 42ND ST SUITE 600 NEW YORK NY 10017
Anastasio Stephen director, officer: Vice President and Treasurer 220 E 42ND STREET NEW YORK NY 10017
Muenzer Glenn J. director 357 HARVARD COURT EAST MEADOW NY 11554
Reed William Edward director 12 KNORR STREET NORWALK CT 06854
Bernstein Mary director 220 E 42ND STREET NEW YORK NY 10017
Davis Stephen P director 57 EAST 95TH STREET NEW YORK NY 10128
Sarkany Thomas director, officer: Secretary 220 EAST 42ND STREET 6TH FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10017
Perkins, Robert M. director 220 EAST 42ND STREET, 6TH FLOOR NEW YORK CITY NY 10017
Legon, Ruth O. director 220 EAST 42ND STREET, 6TH FLOOR NEW YORK CITY NY 10017
Appel Mitchell Eric officer: Chief Financial Officer VALUE LINE INC 220 EAST 42ND STREET 6TH FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10017
Arnold Bernhard & Co Inc 10 percent owner 220 EAST 42ND STREET 6TH FLOOR NEW YORK NY 10017
Eakman Janet director 220 E 42ND STREET NEW YORK NY 10017
Shanahan Edward J director 220 EAST 42 STREET NEW YORK NY 10017
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