Research

The Power of Free Cash Flow

In TrimTabs Asset Management (TTAM), our investment philosophy is built on rigorous research on Free Cash Flow. Powered by more than two decades of research that covers over 15,000 securities in the global equity market, we carefully examine the power of Free Cash Flow-based investing and aim at providing investors with research and investment products to fulfill their long-term investment success.

Free cash flow is the cash a company generates through its operations after accounting for capital expenditures on assets. It is important for investors because it avoids the discretionary aspects of standard accounting. In TTAM, we further research different aspects of Free Cash Flow and develop our proprietary investment indicator which historically delivered superior investment return.
Although the pervasive and intuitive notion is that high-quality companies should have better overall performance than low-quality companies, their differentiating characteristics are hotly debated. Practitioners and academics alike often simply relate quality to some measure of profitability, capital structure, or quality of earning, but our research shows that Free Cash Flow is the key to define quality and historically outperformed the other “quality” factors.
Sector allocation is a key consideration in building an investment model. Many of the investment strategies, however, result in over concertation on specific sectors, making the performance inconsistent and unintentionally increase exposure to industry-specific risks. We carefully examine the performance of Free Cash Flow-based investing on a sector-neutral basis and found that the outperformance is widely spread across the different sector. The excess return of Free Cash Flow-based investing is not a result of sector concentration.
Beyond the US market, we extended our research to the global equity universe. We found that Free Cash Flow-based investing historically produced excess return against the average stock return across different equity markets. The research capability on global equity market builds a solid foundation for our mission: Provide investors with Free Cash Flow-based investment products and services to fulfill their long-term investment success.

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Free Cash Flow (FCF) represents the cash that a company is able to generate after accounting for capital expenditures.

The S&P Composite 1500 combines three leading indices, the S&P 500, the S&P MidCap 400, and the S&P SmallCap 600 to cover approximately 90% of the U.S. market capitalization.

Standard Deviation is a measure that is used to quantify the amount of variation or dispersion of a set of data values.

Downside deviation is a measure of downside risk that focuses on returns that fall below a minimum threshold or minimum acceptable return (MAR).

The Sortino ratio improves upon the Sharpe ratio by isolating downside volatility from total volatility by dividing excess return by the downside deviation.

The information ratio (IR) is a measure of portfolio returns above the returns of a benchmark, usually an index, to the volatility of those returns.

Sharpe Ratio is a measure that indicates the average return minus the risk-free return divided by the standard deviation of return on an investment.

Beta is a measure of the volatility, or systematic risk, of a security or a portfolio in comparison to the entire market or a benchmark.

Diversification does not assure a profit nor protect against loss in a declining market.

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There is no guarantee that TTAC will achieve its investment objective. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Because the Fund is an ETF (rather than a mutual fund), shares are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV, and are not individually redeemable. Owners of the shares may acquire those shares from the Fund and tender those shares for redemption to the Fund in Creation Unit aggregations only, consisting of 25,000 shares. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Investments in the Fund include risks associated with small-and mid-cap securities, which involve limited liquidity and greater volatility than large-cap securities.

There is no guarantee that TTAI will achieve its investment objective. Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Because the Fund is an ETF (rather than a mutual fund), shares are bought and sold at market price (not NAV), may trade at a discount or premium to NAV, and are not individually redeemable. Owners of the shares may acquire those shares from the Fund and tender those shares for redemption to the Fund in Creation Unit aggregations only, consisting of 25,000 shares. Brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Investments in the Fund include risks associated with small-and mid-cap securities, which involve limited liquidity and greater volatility than large-cap securities. Returns on investments in foreign securities could be more volatile than investments in domestic securities.