One Factor To Consider Before Investing In Hotel Chocolat Group Plc (LON:HOTC) – Simply Wall St

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Hotel Chocolat Group Plc (LON:HOTC) shareholders, and potential investors, need to understand how much cash the business makes from its core operational activities, as well as how much is invested back into the business. After investment, what’s left over is what belongs to you, the investor. This also determines how much the stock is worth. Today we will examine Hotel Chocolat Group’s ability to generate cash flows, as well as the level of capital expenditure it is expected to incur over the next couple of years, which will result in how much money goes to you.

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What is Hotel Chocolat Group’s cash yield?

Free cash flow (FCF) is the amount of cash Hotel Chocolat Group has left after it pays off its expenses, including its net capital expenditures, which is what the company needs to spend each year to maintain or grow its business operations.

I will be analysing Hotel Chocolat Group’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

The business reinvests all its cash profits as well as borrows more money, to maintain and grow the company. This leads to a negative FCF, as well as negative FCF yield, in which case is not a very useful measure.

AIM:HOTC Net Worth February 12th 19

Does Hotel Chocolat Group have a favourable cash flow trend?

Does Hotel Chocolat Group’s future look brighter in terms of its ability to generate higher operating cash flows? This can be estimated by examining the trend of the company’s operating cash flow going forward. Over the next three years, Hotel Chocolat Group’s operating cash flows is expected to grow by a double-digit 62%, which is encouraging, should capital expenditure levels maintain at an appropriate level. Below is a table of Hotel Chocolat Group’s operating cash flow in the past year, as well as the anticipated level going forward.

Current +1 year +2 year +3 year
Operating Cash Flow (OCF) UK£12m UK£14m UK£17m UK£20m
OCF Growth Year-On-Year 18% 21% 13%
OCF Growth From Current Year 43% 62%

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep cash flows in mind, I recommend you continue to research Hotel Chocolat Group to get a better picture of the company by looking at:

  1. Valuation: What is HOTC 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 HOTC 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 Hotel Chocolat Group’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

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