Cash flow is the net amount of cash and cash-equivalents being transferred into and out of a business. At the most fundamental level, a company’s ability to create value for shareholders is determined by its ability to generate positive cash flows, or more specifically, maximize long-term free cash flow (FCF).

EXPN Free Cash Flow Analysis

Free cash flow, a measure commonly used by analysts to assess a company's profitability, represents the cash a company generates after accounting for cash outflows to support operations and maintain its capital assets.

The Free Cash Flow is calculated using a number of methods including using Operating Cash Flow. Following is the formula to calculate Free Cash Flow based on Operating Cash Flow.

Free Cash Flow = Operating Cash Flow - Capital Expenditures

Using above formula to calculate Free Cash Flow for Experian plc (EXPN), the free cash flow value is 1.734B.

All amounts in USD

Operating Cash
1.8B
Capital Expenditure
-63M
Free Cash Flow
1.734B

Experian plc has a positive free cash flow as per the latest annual Cash flow statement released by the company. Positive free cash flow is cruscial for the financial health of a company, which can be used to pay dividends, expand operations, and deleverage its balance sheet (i.e., reduce debt).

EXPN Cash Flow Statement History

Following table shows the history of Cash Flow Statements sheet for Experian plc (LSE:EXPN).

31 Mar 202231 Mar 202131 Mar 202031 Mar 2019
Net Income1.17B803M675M695M
Depreciation408M384M377M312M
Change To Netincome-84M107M156M135M
Change To Account Receivables-143M-31M-145M-65M
Change To Liabilities201M18M33M39M
Total Cash From Operating Activities1.8B1.49B1.26B1.24B
Capital Expenditures-63M-48M-84M-91M
Investments-8M120M-95M-30M
Other Cashflows From Investing Activities112M112M112M112M
Total Cashflows From Investing Activities-1.12B-827M-1.18B-516M
Dividends Paid-444M-427M-424M-410M
Net Borrowings-69M-382M911M-83M
Other Cashflows From Financing Activities-25M43M-238M6M
Total Cash From Financing Activities-687M-747M61M-702M
Effect Of Exchange Rate14M-16M-14M-14M
Change In Cash6M-102M126M9M
Repurchase Of Stock-173M-173M-203M-228M
Issuance Of Stock24M19M15M13M