The firm reported cash flow from operating activities in the second quarter of 2011 at USD1.837bn, and discretionary cash flow
The upgrade factors in the significant slowdown in advertising revenue declines coupled with continuous cost-cutting efforts that have increased the company's EBITDA more than three times to USD174m in the first six months of 2010 and strengthened discretionary cash flow to over USD100m in the period, S&P noted.
Doubts on whether the current moderating revenue trends are sustainable into 2011 are somewhat eased by the clear signs for the US economic rebound, as well as by the company's improved credit measures and discretionary cash flow generation over the last 12 months, the agency added.
Discretionary cash flow to shareholders is normally calculated as follows: earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) less income taxes on EBITDA, capital expenditure requirements (net of the related income tax shield) incremental working capital requirements, and debt servicing costs (interest expense net of tax and changes in principal).
Shareholder value is created when the discretionary cash flow to shareholders that's generated from invested equity exceeds the required rate of return on equity.
The company posted a discretionary cash flow for the third quarter of 2009 at USD7.6m and net income of USD6.4m.
During January to September 2009, the company posted a discretionary cash flow at USD50m and net income loss, as adjusted, at USD27.5m.
* Consistency in inflation and other assumptions embedded in the discretionary cash flow
McSpirit also sees the non-productive capital spending rising from no change previously and free cash flow estimates for FY19 falling "materially' on higher spending and lower discretionary cash flows
. The analyst keeps his Market Perform rating on Diamondback Energy, stating that he wants to see how the synergy and productivity gains materialize in the combination.