Adobe Systems (ADBE) Announcement Would Not Have Fooled Cash Flow and Credit Analyst

September 23rd, 2010 by hackel Leave a reply »

The news of Adobe Systems (ADBE) yesterday would have not surprised the serious student of cash flow and cost of capital.

In its June 10-Q, for which the firm consolidates 6 months of activity, despite showing rising net (GAAP) income, when backing out ADBE’s first quarter, it is apparent both cash flow from operations and free cash flow weakened considerably.

In addition, according to CT Capital’s research, ADBE displayed, prior to the most recent announcement:

  • Debt that has continued to build
  • Financial flexibility has been compromised
  • Operating leases continue to grow at a rapid rate
  • Low and volatile tax rate, both effective and  actual
  • Deterioration in working capital to total debt
  • Significant acquisitions
  • Decrease in order backlog
  • Poor reinvestment rate
  • Weakening productivity

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Kenneth S. Hackel, CFA
CT Capital LLC

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