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Should Investors Be Happy About Perficient Inc’s (NASDAQ:PRFT) Cash Levels?

If you are currently a shareholder in Perficient Inc ( NASDAQ:PRFT ), or considering investing in the stock, you need to examine how the business generates cash, and how it is reinvested. What is left after investment, determines the value of the stock since this cash flow technically belongs to investors of the company. I will take you through PRFT’s cash flow health and the risk-return concept based on the stock’s cash flow yield, using the most recent financial data. This will help you think about the company from a cash perspective, which is a crucial factor to investing.

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What is Perficient’s cash yield?

Perficient’s free cash flow (FCF) is the level of cash flow the business generates from its operational activities, after it reinvests in the company as capital expenditure. This type of expense is needed for Perficient to continue to grow, or at least, maintain its current operations.

I will be analysing Perficient’s FCF by looking at its FCF yield and its operating cash flow growth. The yield will tell us whether the stock is generating enough cash to compensate for the risk investors take on by holding a single stock, which I will compare to the market index. The growth will proxy for sustainability levels of this cash generation.

Free Cash Flow = Operating Cash Flows – Net Capital Expenditure

Free Cash Flow Yield = Free Cash Flow / Enterprise Value

where Enterprise Value = Market Capitalisation + Net Debt

Perficient’s yield of 6.46% last year indicates its ability to produce cash at the same rate as the market index, taking into account the company’s size. However, given that the risk for holding single-stock Perficient is higher, this may mean inadequate compensation above and beyond merely investing in the whole market.

NasdaqGS:PRFT Net Worth November 4th 18

Does Perficient have a favourable cash flow trend?

Can PRFT improve its operating cash production in the future? Let’s take a quick look at the cash flow trend the company is expected to deliver over time. Over the next few years, the company is expected to grow its cash from operations at a double-digit rate of 13%, ramping up from its current levels of US$60m to US$67m in two years’ time. Furthermore, breaking down growth into a year on year basis, PRFT is able to increase its growth rate each year, from 2.3% next year, to 10% in the following year. The overall future outlook seems buoyant if PRFT can maintain its levels of capital expenditure as well.

Next Steps:

The yield you receive on Perficient is in-line with that of holding the broader market index. But, in saying this, investors are taking on more risk by buying one single stock as opposed to a diversified market portfolio, but they are being compensated at the same level. Not the best deal! Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I recommend you continue to research Perficient to get a more holistic view of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation : What is PRFT worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether PRFT is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team : An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Perficient’s board and the CEO’s back ground .
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks : If you believe you should cushion your portfolio with something less risky, scroll through our free list of these great stocks here .

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com .