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Leidos Holdings Free Cash Flow

: $635 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2021)
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Leidos Holdings's total free cash flow for the months ended in Sep. 2021 was $541 Mil. Its total free cash flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2021 was $635 Mil.

Leidos Holdings's Free Cash Flow per Share for the months ended in Sep. 2021 was $3.78. Its free cash flow per share for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2021 was $4.44.

During the past 12 months, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate of Leidos Holdings was -53.80% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 40.40% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 12.20% 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, Leidos Holdings's highest 3-Year average Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Rate was 40.40% per year. The lowest was -38.00% per year. And the median was 1.85% per year.


Leidos Holdings Free Cash Flow Historical Data

The historical data trend for Leidos Holdings'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.

Leidos Holdings Annual Data
Trend Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20
Free Cash Flow
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 420.00 445.00 695.00 871.00 1,151.00

Leidos Holdings Quarterly Data
Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21
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 562.00 -115.00 213.00 -4.00 541.00

Leidos Holdings 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.

Leidos Holdings'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
=1334+-183
=1,151

Leidos Holdings's Free Cash Flow for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2021 is calculated as

Free Cash Flow (Q: Sep. 2021 )=Cash Flow from Operations+Capital Expenditure
=565+-24
=541

Free Cash Flow for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2021 adds up the quarterly data reported by the company within the most recent 12 months, which was $635 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.


Leidos Holdings  (NYSE:LDOS) 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 Sep21, Leidos Holdings's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % is

Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) % (Sep21)=Normalized Free Cash Flow/Price+5-Year EBITDA Growth Rate
=5.64038095/96.13+0.1779
=23.66 %

* 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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Leidos Holdings Business Description

Leidos Holdings logo
Industry
Technology » Software NAICS : 541513 SIC : 7373
Traded in Other Exchanges
Address
11951 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA, USA, 20190
Leidos Holdings Inc is engaged in scientific, engineering, system integration, technical services, and solutions to various government entities and highly regulated industries, including the U.S. Department of Defense, Intelligence Community and the British Ministry of Defense. Areas of focus include intelligence and surveillance, cybersecurity, complex logistics, energy, and health.
Executives
John Miriam E director 7011 EAST AVENUE LIVERMORE CA 94550
Moos James Robert officer: Group President 11951 FREEDOM DRIVE RESTON VA 20190
Kraemer Harry M Jansen Jr director DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. 13320 BALLANTYNE CORPORATE PLACE CHARLOTTE NC 28277
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Cage Christopher R officer: SVP and Corporate Controller 11951 FREEDOM DRIVE RESTON VA 20190
Kendall Frank Iii director 11951 FREEDOM DRIVE RESTON VA 20190
Reagan James officer: EVP, Chief Financial Officer C/O DELTEK 13880 DULLES CORNER LANE HERNDON VA 20171
Howe Jerald S Jr officer: Executive VP & General Counsel PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> Ownership Information: HOWE JERALD S JR 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;}
Williams Noel B director ONE PARK PLAZA NASHVILLE TN 37203
Schmanske Mary Vicki officer: Group President 11951 FREEDOM DRIVE RESTON VA 20190
Porter Elizabeth A officer: Group President 1750 PRESIDENTS STREET RESTON VA 20190
Stevens Roy E officer: Chief of Business Development 11951 FREEDOM DRIVE RESTON VA 20190
May Gary Stephen director 11951 FREEDOM DRIVE RESTON VA 20190
Fubini David G director D.G. FUBINI CONSULTANTS, LLC 80 SEARS ROAD BROOKLINE MA 02445
Stalnecker Susan M director TWO N NINTHST ALLENTOWN PA 18101

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