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Free Cash Flow, Ratio Analysis, and Cash Referencing

1. Explain free cash flow and its importance to a business.
2. Explain the weaknesses of ratio analysis
3. Contrast sources and uses of cash referencing using at least two examples of assets and liabilities (four total). Provide examples of how cash is used or provided depending on whether it is categorized as an asset or liability.

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1. Cash flows into an organization in the form of revenues by selling its products and services and cash flows out of the organization as operating expense. The cash that is left over is taken by the organization to make short term investments in working capital and long-term investments in plant, property and equipment. The cash that is remaining after making investments is used to pay shareholders. This cash flow is called free cash flow as it is free after all the activities with cash have been done and it can be used to pay investors. The FCF is important to company because it is a measure of company's true health. If the cash flow is negative it means the expenses are more than revenues and some remediation is required to reduce the expenses. If a company has free cash flow the management can have added flexibility in decision making. The company in such situation can internally fund a new project or add new product lines without taking loan from bank or raising capital by selling additional stocks. In addition to internal financing, free cash flow allows company to pay dividends. Paying and raising dividends is very important as it is taxed only at 15 percent. ...

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Free cash flows, ratio analysis and cash references are examined.

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