FCFF (Free Cash Flow to Firm)

FCFF (Free cash flow to firm), also known as unlevered cash flow, is the cash remaining with the company after depreciation, taxes and other investment costs are paid from the revenue and it represents the amount of cash flow that is available to all the funding holders – be it debt holders, stock holders, preferred stock holders or bond holders.

FCFF or Free Cash Flow to Firm, is one of the most important concepts in Equity ResearchEquity ResearchEquity Research refers to the study of a business, i.e., analyzing a company's financials, performing Ratio Analysis, Financial forecasting in Excel (Financial Modeling), & exploring scenarios to make insightful BUY/HOLD/SELL stock investment recommendations. Moreover, the Equity Research Analysts discuss their findings & details in the Equity Research Reports. read more and Investment Banking firms.

Warren Buffet (1992 annual report) said, “The value of any stock, bond or business today is determined by the cash inflows and outflows – discounted at an appropriate interest rate – that can be expected to occur during the remaining life of the asset.”

Warren Buffet has been focusing on a company’s ability to generate Free Cash Flow to Firm. Why does this really matter? This article will focus on understanding what “Free Cash Flows” are in general and why FCFF should be used to measure a company’s operating performance. This article is structured as per below – 

  1. What is Free Cash Flow to firm or FCFF
  2. Layman’s Definition of Free Cash Flow
  3. FCFF Formulas – Analyst’s formula
  4. FCFF Example in Excel
  5. Analysis of Alibaba’s FCFF (positive FCFF and growing firm)
  6. Analysis of Box FCFF (negative FCFF and growing firm)
  7. Why does Free Cash Flow to Firm (FCFF) matters

Most Important – Download FCFF Excel Template

Learn to Calculate FCFF in Excel along with Alibaba FCFF Valuation

Here we discuss FCFF, however, if you want to know more about FCFE, you can look at Free Cash Flow to EquityFree Cash Flow To EquityFCFE (Free Cash Flow to Equity) determines the remaining cash with the company's investors or equity shareholders after extending funds for debt repayment, interest payment and reinvestment. It is an indicator of the company's equity capital managementread more.

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#1 – What is Free Cash Flow to Firm or FCFF

In order to gain an intuitive understand of Free Cash Flow to Firm (FCFF), let us assume that there is a guy named Peter who started his business with some initial equity capital (let us assume $500,000), and we also assume that he takes a bank loan of another $500,000 so that his overall finance capital stands at $1000,000 ($1 million).

Free Cash Flow to Firm - Year 0 - Case Study 1

FCFF – Free Cash Flow  Video

Scene # 1 – Peter’s Business with not enough earnings

Year 1

Free Cash Flow to Firm - Year 1 - Case Study 1

Year 2
  • Let us now assume that Peter’s business generated only $100,000 in Year 2
  • In addition, in order to maintain and run the business, he needs to regularly invest in assets (maintenance Capex) of $600,000
  • What do you think will happen in such a situation? Do you think the Cash at the beginning of the year is sufficient?- NO.
  • Peter will need to raise another set of capital – this time, let us assume he raises another $250,000 from the bank.

Free Cash Flow to Firm - Year 2 - Case Study 1

Year 3
  • Now let us analyze a stressed situation for Peter :-). Assuming that his business is not doing well as expected and was able to generate only $100,000
  • Also, as discussed earlier, maintenance capital expenditure cannot be avoided; Peter must spend another $600,000 to keep the assets running.
  • Peter will require another set of external funding to the tune of $500,000 to keep the operations running.
  • Debt financing of another $250,000 at a relatively higher rate and Peter invests another $250,000 as equity capital.

Free Cash Flow to Firm - Year 3 - Case Study 1

Year 4
  • Again in year 4, Peter’s business was able to generate only $100,000 as cash flows from operations.
  • Maintenance capital expenditure (unavoidable) is at $600,000
  • Peter requires another set of funding of $500,000. This time, let us assume that he doesn’t have any amount as equity capital. He again approaches the bank for another $500,000. However, this time the bank agrees to give him a loan at a very high rate (given the business is not in good shape and his earnings are uncertain)

Free Cash Flow to Firm - Year 4 - Case Study 1

Year 5
  • Yet again, Peter was only able to generate $100,000 as cash flows from core operations
  • Capital expenditure that is unavoidable still stands at $600,000
  • This time the Bank declines to give any further loan!
  • Peter is unable to carry forward the business for another year and files for bankruptcy!
  • After filing for bankruptcy, Peters business assets are liquidated (sold) at $1,500,000

Free Cash Flow to Firm - Year 5 - Case Study 1

How much the bank receives?

Bank has given a total loan of $1500,000. Since Bank has the first right to recover their loan amount, the amount received on liquidation will be first used to serve the Bank, and Peter will receive the remaining excess amount (if any). In this case, Bank was able to recover their invested amount as the liquidation valueLiquidation ValueLiquidation value is the value of assets that remain if the company goes out of business and is no more a going concern. Liquidation value is calculated only for tangible assets such as real estate, machinery, equipment, investment etc.read more of Peter’s Asset is at $1,500,000

How much Peter (shareholder) receives?

Peter has invested his own capital (equity) of $750,000. In this case, Peter receives no money as all the liquidated amount goes to the serving of the bank. Please note the return to the shareholder (Peter) is zero.

Scene # 2 – Peter’s Business Grows and show’s recurring earnings

Let us now take another case study where Peter’s business is not doing bad and is, in fact, growing each year.

    • Peter’s business steadily grows from CFO of $50,000 in year 1 to CFO of 1,500,000
    • Peter raises only $50,000 in year 2 due to liquidity requirements.
    • Thereafter he does not need any other set of cash flow from financing to “survive” the future years.
    • Ending cash for Peter’s Company grows to $1350,000 at the end of year 5
    • We see that excess cash is positive (CFO + CFI) from year 3 and is growing every year.

FCFF - case study 2

How much the bank receives?

Bank has given a total loan of $550,000. In this case, Peter’s business is doing well and generating positive cash flows; he is able to pay off the bank loan along with interest within the mutually agreed time frame.

How much Peter (shareholder) receives?

Peter has invested his own capital (equity) of $500,000. Peter has 100% ownership in the firm, and his equity return will now depend on the valuation of this business that generates positive cash flows.

# 2 – Layman’s Definition of Free Cash Flow to Firm (FCFF)

In order to appreciate the layman’s definition of Free Cash Flow to the firm or FCFF, we must make a quick comparison of Case Study 1 and Case Study 2 (discussed above) 

Item  Case Study 1  Case Study 2
Revenues Stagnant, not growing Growing
Cash flow from operations Stagnant Increasing
Excess Cash (CFO + CFI) Negative Positive
The trend in Excess Cash Stagnant Increasing
Requires Equity or Debt to business continuity yes No
Equity ValueEquity ValueEquity Value, also known as market capitalization, is the sum-total of the values the shareholders have made available for the business and can be calculated by multiplying the market value per share by the total number of shares outstanding.read more / Shareholder’s Value Zero or very low More than Zero
Lessons from the two case studies
  • If excess cash (CFO + CFI) is positive and growing, then the company has value
  • If Excess Cash (CFO + CFI) is negative for an extended period of time, then the return to the shareholder may be very low or closer to zero
Intuitive Definition of Free Cash Flow to the firm – FCFF

Broadly speaking, “Excess Cash” is nothing but Free Cash Flow to Firm or FCFF calculation. DCF valuation focuses on the cash flows generated by the Operating Assets of the business and how it maintains those assets (CFI). 

FCFF formula = Cashflows from operations (CFO) + Cashflows from Investments (CFI)

Calculate FCFF

A business generates cash through its daily operations of supplying and selling goods or services. Some of the cash has to go back into the business to renew fixed assets and support working capital. If the business is doing well, it should generate cash over and above these requirements. Any extra cash is free to go to the debt and equity holders. The extra cash is known as Free Cash Flow to firm

#3 – Free Cash Flow – Analyst’s Formula 

 Free Cash Flow to firm formula can be represented in the following Three way –

1) FCFF Formula starting with EBIT

Free Cash Flow to Firm or FCFF Calculation = EBIT x (1-tax rate) + Non Cash Charges + Changes in Working capital – Capital Expenditure

Formula Comments
EBIT x (1-tax rate) Flow to total capital, Removes capitalization effects on earnings
Add: Non-Cash Charges  Add back all non-cash charges like Depreciation, Amortization
Add: Changes in working capital It can be outflow or inflow of cash. Watch for large swings year-to-year in forecasted working capitalWorking CapitalWorking capital is the amount available to a company for day-to-day expenses. It's a measure of a company's liquidity, efficiency, and financial health, and it's calculated using a simple formula: "current assets (accounts receivables, cash, inventories of unfinished goods and raw materials) MINUS current liabilities (accounts payable, debt due in one year)"read more
Less: Capital expenditure Critical to determining CapEx levels required to support sales and margins in the forecast
2) FCFF formula starting with Net Income

Net Income + Depreciation & amortization + Interest x (1-tax) + changes in Working Capital – Capital Expenditure

3) FCFF Formula starting with EBITDA

EBITDA x (1-tax rate) + (Dep & Amortization) x tax rate + changes in Working Capital – Capital Expenditure

I will leave it to you to reconcile one formula with the other one. Primarily you can use any of the given FCFF formulas. As an Equity analyst, I found it easier to use the formula that started with EBIT.

 Additional notes on FCFF Formula Items

Net Income
Non Cash Charges
  • Non-cash charges are items that affect net income but do not involve the payment of cash. Some of the common non-cash items are listed below.
Non-cash items Adjustment to Net Income
Depreciation  Addition
Amortization  Addition
Losses  Addition
Gains  Subtraction
Restructuring charges (expense)  Addition
Reversal of restructuring reserve (income)  Subtraction
Amortization of bond discount  Addition
Amortization of bond premiumAmortization Of Bond PremiumWhen a company issues bonds to investors with a coupon rate that is higher than the market rate of interest, the investors may bid higher than the face value of the bond. The excess premium received is amortized by the company over the bond term, and the concept is known as Amortization of Bond Premium .read more  Subtraction
Deferred taxesDeferred TaxesDeferred Tax is the effect that occurs in a firm as a result of timing differences between the date when taxes are actually paid to tax authorities by the company and the date when such tax is accrued. Simply put, it is the difference in taxes that arises when taxes due in one of the accounting period are either not paid or overpaid.read more  Addition
After-tax Interest
  • Since interest is tax-deductible, after-tax interest is added back to the net income
  • Interest cost is cash flow to one of the stakeholder’s of the firm (debt holders), and hence, it forms a part of FCFF
Capital Expenditure
Change in Working Capital

# 4 – FCFF Example in Excel

With the above understanding of the formula, let us now look at the working example of calculating Free Cash Flows to the firm. Let us assume that you have been provided the Balance SheetThe Balance SheetA balance sheet is one of the financial statements of a company that presents the shareholders' equity, liabilities, and assets of the company at a specific point in time. It is based on the accounting equation that states that the sum of the total liabilities and the owner's capital equals the total assets of the company.read more and Income Statement for a company as provided below. You can download the FCFF Excel Example here

FCFF Example

Calculate FCFF (Free Cash Flow to Firm) for the year of 2008

Solution

Let us try to solve this problem using the EBIT approach.

FCFF Formula =  EBIT x (1-tax) + Dep & Amort + Changes in Working Capital – Capital Expenditure

EBIT = 285, tax rate is 30%

EBIT x (1-tax) = 285 x (1-0.3) = 199.5

Depreciation  = 150

Changes in Working Capital

Changes in WC

Capital Expenditure = change in Gross Property Plant and EquipmentProperty Plant And EquipmentProperty plant and equipment (PP&E) refers to the fixed tangible assets used in business operations by the company for an extended period or many years. Such non-current assets are not purchased frequently, neither these are readily convertible into cash. read more (Gross PPE) = $1200 – $900 = $300

FCFF calculation = 199.5 + 150 – 75 – 300 = -25.5

Calculating Free Cash Flow to Firm is fairly straightforward. Why don’t you calculate FCFF using the other two FCFF formulas – 1) Starting with Net Income 2) Starting with EBITDAEBITDAEBITDA refers to earnings of the business before deducting interest expense, tax expense, depreciation and amortization expenses, and is used to see the actual business earnings and performance-based only from the core operations of the business, as well as to compare the business's performance with that of its competitors.read more

#5 – Alibaba FCFF – Positive and Increasing FCFF 

On 6th May 2014, Chinese E-commerce heavyweight Alibaba filed a registration document to go to public in the US in what may be the mother of all Initial Public OfferingsAll Initial Public OfferingsAn initial public offering (IPO) occurs when a private company makes its shares available to the general public for the first time. IPO is a means of raising capital for companies by allowing them to trade their shares on the stock exchange.read more in the US history. Alibaba is a fairly unknown entity in the US and other regions, though its massive size is comparable or even bigger than Amazon or eBay. I used a Discounted Cash FlowDiscounted Cash FlowDiscounted cash flow analysis is a method of analyzing the present value of a company, investment, or cash flow by adjusting future cash flows to the time value of money. This analysis assesses the present fair value of assets, projects, or companies by taking into account many factors such as inflation, risk, and cost of capital, as well as analyzing the company's future performance.read more approach for Alibaba’s valuation and found that this amazing company is valued at $191 billion dollars!

For Alibaba DCF, I had made the financial statement analysis and forecast financial statements and then calculate Free Cash Flow to the Firm. You can download Alibaba Financial Model here.

Presented below is the Free Cash Flow to the Firm of Alibaba. The Free Cash flow tisirm is divided into two parts – a) Historical FCFF and b) Forecast FCFF.

Alibaba - FCFF Free Cash Flows

#6 – Box FCFF – Negative and Growing

On 24th March 2014, Online storage company Box filed for an IPO and unveiled its plans to raise US$250 million. The company is in a race to build the largest cloud storage platform, and it competes with the biggies like Google Inc and its rival, Dropbox. In case you want to understand further on how Box is valued, please refer to my article on Box IPO Valuation

Below are the projections of Box FCFF for the next 5 years

Box FCFF 

# 7 – Why does Free Cash Flows Matter

Now that you know Free Cash flow to the firm, What about FCFE – Free Cash flow to Equity? Check out a detailed article on Free Cash Flow to EquityFree Cash Flow To EquityFCFE (Free Cash Flow to Equity) determines the remaining cash with the company's investors or equity shareholders after extending funds for debt repayment, interest payment and reinvestment. It is an indicator of the company's equity capital managementread more here.

Conclusion

We note that the excess cash generated by the company (CFO+CFI) can be approximated as Free Cash Flow to the Firm. We also note that EPS may not be the best measure to gauge the company’s performance as it is susceptible to accounting gimmicks by the management. A better way to measure the company’s performance by Investment banksInvestment BanksInvestment banking is a specialized banking stream that facilitates the business entities, government and other organizations in generating capital through debts and equity, reorganization, mergers and acquisition, etc.read more and investors is to calculate Free Cash Flow to Firm (FCFF) as it looks at the company’s ability to survive and grow without external sources of funding (equity or debt). Discounting all future Free Cash Flow to the firm provided us with the Enterprise Value of the FirmEnterprise Value Of The FirmEnterprise Value is a measure of a company's total value that spans the entire market rather than just the equity value. It includes all debt and equity-based ownership claims. This value, which is calculated as the market value of debt + market value of equity - cash and cash equivalents, is particularly relevant when valuing a takeover.read more. Additionally, FCFF is widely used not only by the growth investors (looking for capital gain) but also by income investors (looking for regular dividends). Positive and growing FCFF signifies excellent future earning capabilities; however, negative and stagnant FCFF may be a cause of worry for the business. 

What’s Next?

If you learned something new or enjoyed this free cash flow to a firm post, please leave a comment below. Let me know what you think. Many thanks, and take care.

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  1. stefano says

    great stuff as usual ! Good job!

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Thanks for your kind words!

  2. Wilberto Msigwa says

    well-explained and detailed materials

  3. Wilberto Msigwa says

    Well-explained, and detailed

  4. IBRAHIM says

    When you started calculating using EBIT … Why you used “+” instead of “-” … for Changes in Working capital ? should not you better subtract it rather than add it , so the equation become : FCFF = [EBIT x (1-tax rate)] + DEP – FCInv – WCInv ……… ?

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi Ibrahim, thanks for your question. Looks like there is common confusion here regarding the changes in WC. I have added the “changes in working capital”. Reason is that I calculate the changes in working capital that take care of the “Cash inflows” or “cash outflows” directly (instead of formula). For eg. If Working capital 2016 = $150 million and Working Capital of 2015 is $100. What does this mean.. absolute changes will be ($150 million – $100 million) = $50 million. However, since this is an increase in working capital, it is a “cash outflow”. Hence, while taking this in FCFF formula, I directly use this number as -50 million (cash outflow). Hope you understood this now.

  5. Munk says

    Thank you for this educational tutorial Dheeraj.

    Kind regards from Mongolia

  6. Dharam says

    Hi Dheeraj

    Thanks for comprehensively providing the explanation on FCFF. Below is the doubt on which I need some more clarification.

    Suppose I want to calculate current FCFF, so how do I take tenure into consideration for calculating say coming 4th quarter 2016 (FCFF of company on DEC 2016 through which I would get to know whether company is under valued or overvalued).

    It would to great full if you can shed some light.

    Thank you

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi Dharam, are you doing a quarterly forecast of FCFF ?

  7. Shalin says

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for providing the nuts & bolts of FCFF. I have some questions regarding this topic as follows :-
    1) Can we get all non cash items like, restructuring exp/gains, gain/loss from the footnotes of annual reports..?
    2) Should we take all these non-cash items same as it was last year when we forecast the financial statements for five/seven years OR we can forecast these also..?
    Please revert to me towards my queries.
    Thanks once again.

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi Shalin, your answers –
      1) yes, you will get all the restructuring exp/gains and losses in the annual report.
      2) these non cash items are very difficult to project and hence, we typically take these as 0 (instead of taking it as constant like last year etc)
      thanks,
      Dheeraj

  8. Shaubhik D.Roy says

    Hi Dheeraj

    In case a company continuously has negative free cash flows for the past 3-5 years, how can we use the the same while calculating fair price of the stock by DCF model?

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi Shaubhik,

      FCFF negative in the past is not the problem.It is the future FCFF that creates issues. If the forecast for the next 5-10 years results in negative FCFF then DCF becomes redundant. In that case it is much better to use Relative Valuations.

      do check the Box IPO Valuations in which i exactly the same situation.

      Best,
      Dheeraj

  9. shubham says

    Hi dheeraj,
    It was really a very nice effort from your side and was a very resourceful article and I am really glad to find this site .

    Also, Can you please provide a valuation of any indian firm by taking data from its annual report ? I have been trying to value WABCO India which is an auto ancillaries Company but i am not satisfied with the valuation.It will be really helpful to me if you could provide the insight taking the firm as an example.

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hey Shubham,
      At this stage i have not picked up an Indian company example for valuation due to lack of data available. However, i will keep this in mind if i do so in the near future.
      Best,
      Dheeraj

  10. George says

    Hello Dheeraj, can you please explain me why in FCFF formula the changes in working capital are calculated as current year 2008 minus previous one – 2007, but in the FCFE formula is the other way around based on the 2 examples you showed.
    Thx in advance.

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi George, can you please refer to the answer above (for Ibrahim’s question). I guess that will solve your concerns.

  11. Vlad says

    Dear Mr. Dheeraj, good day!
    Thank You for accessible explanation. It is truly invaluable! Only a professional can are available to analyze the information for understanding. I am a power engineer and then with the help of You very quickly begin to delve into the details. Thank you so much!

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      thanks Vlad for the appreciation. I am glad you found this useful.
      Thanks,
      Dheeraj

    • alex Wang says

      so clear and useful.

      thanks,

  12. Sadiq says

    Dheeraj your article was well explaining but when I put all these formulas in the real world companies financial data, all the above mentioned formula gives me different answers. Can you please help me in this respect. I can share my workings along with the financials of a company which I am currently analyzing with you. Looking forward for your response.

    Regards
    Sadiq

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Sure. You can share with me the financial data, hope it is not confidential.

      Thanks,
      Dheeraj

      • Sadiq says

        Thank you very much Dheeraj. I have emailed you my workings along with audited accounts of a company and don’t worry as they are not confidential.

  13. Akanksha Agrawal says

    Amazing Dheeraj sir.
    You have cleared my all doubts related to FCFF.
    But what about FCFE. Pls explain that also

    Regards
    Akanksha

  14. Sipika says

    In the FCFF starting with Net Income, why have you added back post tax Interest? Isn’t Interest an expnse that the firm won’t retain? Then how can it be a part of the Free CF?

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi Sipika, if you try to solve this – EBIT x (1-tax) = (EBT + Interest) x (1-tax) = EBTx(1-tax) + Interest x (1-tax) = Net Income + Interest x (1-tax).

      Hope it is clear now.

      Thanks,
      Dheeraj

  15. Sipika says

    Liked the simplicity. Thanks!

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      thanks :-)

  16. someshwar morey says

    Thank you dheeraj. now i understand how FCFF is used for valuation. thank you so much dheeraj……………………………………

    • Dheeraj says

      thanks Someshwar!

  17. Abdulaziz says

    That is an elegant and superb explanation, please keep contributing the same.

  18. Pratik Biyani says

    Thank you sir. You illustrated FCFF with accurate briefings and examples!

    • Dheeraj says

      Thanks Pratik. I am glad you liked it. :-)

  19. muath aljalamneh says

    thank you dheeraj but I have question that after FCFF how I can calculate residual value and the net PV after discount rate , actually I cant deal with this number I need help.
    I ll appreciate that if you send templates to understand it very well

  20. Anshuman Mishra says

    Hi,

    wanted to know the reason for not including escrow receivables in change in working capital to calculate FCFF

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi Anshuman, it could be because of certain restriction posed on escrow receivables. It could be based on certain underlying stocks that are restricted in nature.

  21. Deepak Sharma says

    Would appreciate your help as I am doing a real case and standing a negotiation very soon for the same.

    While doing DCF starting EBIDTA, is this approach correct?

    EBIDTA
    – Interest Expense (net of tax)
    + Interest income on additional cash
    – Capex
    – changes in working capital
    – Tax outflow
    – Any other outflows
    _____________________________________
    Free cash flow to firm
    _____________________________________
    Discount with appropriate WACC + calculate terminal value

    Gives us
    Enterprise value

    – Debt
    – Preference shares or any other minority
    ______________________________________
    Equity Value
    ______________________________________

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Looks good to me except one. you need to add the cash and cash equivalents (current) in the Equity value (last step)/

  22. Phương says

    If FCFF < 0, how to stock valuation ???

    • Dheeraj says

      Hi Phurong,

      If FCFF<0, then you need to apply relative valuation methodologies to value this firm. You can look at Relative Valuations article here. Also, in Box IPO case, we saw that FCFF<0, hence, we applied relative valuation techniques.

  23. vaibhav says

    please help me and tell me why do we not consider cash and notes payable during fcff and 1 morething u hv mentioned that gains and losses are deducted and added back resp. ..but y

    • Dheeraj Vaidya says

      Hi Vaibhav,

      1. We do not adjust for cash as we take care of this in the final EV formula = Equity value + debt – cash
      2. likewise, we do not adjust for notes (debt) for the same reason above.
      3. Gains and losses are deducted and added back as these are non cash expenses and remember we are calculating free “cash flows”

  24. Khoa Do says

    How about if the company is in the growth stage of life cycle? Their net income are positive or even growth years by years but the FCFF is negative because they need more money to expand the business and they have to borrow from the bank? In this case should we invest in this company?

    • Dheeraj says

      hi,

      In such cases with negative FCFF, it is difficult to value the company on the basis of Discounted Cash flows. In such cases, you will have to look at other valuation methods like Relative Valuations etc for valuing growth companies. You may look at this example where i valued Box Inc (which had negative FCFF)

      • vaibhav says

        Dheeraj please help me on bonds valuation fundamental

      • Khoa Do says

        Hi,

        Thank you for your reply. I wanna ask one question: are the longterm financial investments or investments in affiliate company considered as capital expenditure? Do they exist in FCFF formular?
        THanks

        • Dheeraj says

          Hi Khoa,

          The primary reason for using FCFF is to find the overall valuation of the company. Discounting this FCFF provides us with the Enterprise value of the firm. FCFF formula generally does consider long term financial investments in the formula. We adjust for such figures after we have arrived at the Enterprise Value. For example, Minority Interest, Investment in affiliates etc.. all of these are adjusted from the Enterprise Value (found using FCFF).

          thanks,
          Dheeraj

          • Khoa Do says

            Hi Dheeraj,

            Do you have the FCFF calculation from real company? I’ve looked at financial statements from real company and there are a lot of items confused me. I have no idea that should I put those items in the FCFF formula or not.
            THanks

  25. Rakesh says

    hi dheeraj, good to see this clear presentation, i came across FCF many time but today exactly learnt and understand how it arrives and how can it links to business valuation. Tnx…

    • Dheeraj says

      Thanks Rakesh :-)

  26. Surya says

    Dear Deeraj,

    Thank you for making this educational blog. I really like the way you elaborate complex financial concept and make it easy to understand. I find your presentation very insightful and provides clarity for many complex financial concepts that I find challenging throughout my study back in university.

    Keep up the good work and keep inspiring people!

    Thank you again.

    Yours sincerely,

    Surya

  27. K.Lalitha says

    Very simple & easy to understand. Can you write about BONDS this simple.-ytm,call,put option prices, valuation,etc.?

  28. Ankur Gupta says

    Great Work!!!!!!!!

    One of the best article i have ever read!!!!

    Waiting for more

    Can u pls tell me while calculating FCFF from Net Income why we dont adjust D&A with tax rate as we had adjusted the interest expense.

  29. vincent says

    Have you ever thought to write complete valuation books or financial modeling books? You will be a very good finance writer:)

    • Dheeraj says

      Thanks Vincent for the encouragement :-) . Unfortunately, no such current plans at this stage for books. Let’s see in the near future if I can pull out one!

      • Jatin says

        I will buy the first book – first edition .

  30. Ahmad Khalid Jamili says

    Gratitude for sharing.
    That was quite useful and i really appreciate that.

    Thanks,

  31. Ahmad Khalid Jamili says

    thanks for sharing.
    that was quite useful and i really appreciate that.

  32. Manpreet Khandpure says

    Very detailed and explained with the use of real-time examples. Thank you very much for this article.

  33. Binodgopal Mukherjee says

    Thanks Dhiraj.Simple. Lucid.Eay to learn.

  34. Mohan H says

    Dear Dheeraj,

    Thank you very much, it was very fruitful information. Like to post more like this.

    Regards
    Mohan.H

  35. deepak says

    Thanks for yor valuables and essence of learning.

    • deepak says

      Thanks Dhiraj, It is very valuable for learning to all.

  36. bugzogolito says

    Thank you Dheeraj, great materials! I like the way you simplified all of these important concepts (this one and other stuff here) and made it trouble-free to digest….

    Kudos for your work!
    #waiting for more

    Cheers!

  37. Neeraj says

    Very useful stuff explained in simple step. Do you take one to one consultancy.

  38. Ravi says

    Very well written. I liked the Alibaba and Box IPO example. Do your provide consultancy to firms?

  39. Viral says

    Thank you Dheeraj. This is one of the most comprehensive resource on FCFF. I liked the overall presentation of this difficult concept.

    • Wall Street Mojo says

      Thank you Viral. I am glad you liked this article.

      Regards,
      Dheeraj

      • Bulgaria says

        why you collect the change in the wc ? i found many other formulas in which the writers take out the change?

        thanks in advance.

        • Dheeraj Vaidya says

          Hi Bulgaria, can you please have a look this answer above (question asked by Ibrahim).