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Delta Air Lines Free Cash Flow

: $16 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2021)
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Delta Air Lines's total free cash flow for the months ended in Dec. 2021 was $-663 Mil. Its total free cash flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2021 was $16 Mil.

Delta Air Lines's Free Cash Flow per Share for the months ended in Dec. 2021 was $-1.04. Its free cash flow per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2021 was $0.02.

During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was -78.90% 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, Delta Air Lines's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 118.00% per year. The lowest was -78.90% per year. And the median was 5.10% per year.


Delta Air Lines Free Cash Flow Historical Data

The historical data trend for Delta Air Lines'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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Delta Air Lines Annual Data
Trend Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21
Free Cash Flow
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 1,132.00 1,846.00 3,489.00 -5,692.00 16.00

Delta Air Lines Quarterly Data
Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21
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 -1,834.00 253.00 1,105.00 -679.00 -663.00

Delta Air Lines 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.

Delta Air Lines's Free Cash Flow for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2021 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (A: Dec. 2021 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=3263+-3247
=16

Delta Air Lines's Free Cash Flow for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2021 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (Q: Dec. 2021 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=555+-1218
=-663

Free Cash Flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2021 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $16 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.


Delta Air Lines  (NYSE:DAL) 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 Dec21, Delta Air Lines's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Dec21)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=3.79580952/39.08+0.0882
=18.53 %

* 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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Delta Air Lines Business Description

Delta Air Lines logo
Industry
Industrials » Transportation NAICS : 481111 SIC : 4512
Address
Post Office Box 20706, Atlanta, GA, USA, 30320-6001
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is one of the world's largest airlines, with a network of over 300 destinations in more than 50 countries. Delta operates a hub-and-spoke system network, where it gathers and distributes passengers across the globe through key locations in Atlanta, New York, Salt Lake City, Detroit, Seattle, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Delta's sale of frequent flier miles, particularly to American Express, is a major driver of the firm's profits.
Executives
Jacobson Paul A officer: EVP & CFO C/O DELTA AIR LINES, INC., DEPT. 981 P.O. BOX 20574 ATLANTA GA 30320
Carter Ashton B director C/O DELTA AIR LINES, INC. P.O. BOX 20574, DEPT. 981 ATLANTA GA 30320
Mattson George N director C/O DELTA AIR LINES, INC. P.O. BOX 20574, DEPT. 981 ATLANTA GA 30320
Jackson Jeanne P director 537 NEWPORT CENTER DRIVE #306 NEWPORT BEACH CA 92660
Waller Kathy N director THE COCA-COLA COMPANY ONE COCA-COLA PLAZA ATLANTA GA 30313
Taylor David S director THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY ONE PROCTER & GAMBLE PLAZA CINCINNATI OH 45202
Rial Sergio director CARGILL, INCORPORATED 15615 MCGINTY ROAD WEST WAYZATA MN 55391
Huerta Michael P director 1800 M STREET NW SUITE 800 WASHINGTON DC 20036
Dewalt David G director PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> Ownership Information: DEWALT DAVID G 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;}
Blake Francis S director 2455 PACES FERRY RD ATLANTA GA 30339
Easter William H Iii director 370 17TH ST STE 2500 DENVER CO 80202
Samant Rahul D officer: EVP & Chief Info Officer C/O DELTA AIR LINES, INC. P.O. BOX 20574, DEPT. 981 ATLANTA GA 30320
Buffett Warren E 10 percent owner 3555 FARNAM ST STE 1440 OMAHA NE 68131
Berkshire Hathaway Inc 10 percent owner 3555 FARNAM STREET OMAHA NE 68131
Carroll William C officer: SVP, Finance & Controller C/O DELTA AIR LINES, INC. P.O. BOX 20574, DEPT. 981 ATLANTA GA 30320

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