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Finance Glossary

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Free Cash Flow


Companies generate earnings. But often a dollar of earnings is only 70 cents or less of free cash flow. Why? Because a lot of a company's profits have to be redeployed into capital expenditures like a new bottling plant or 30 year distribution licenses in Brazil.