Cash Flow - Examples

Examples

Description Amount ($) totals ($)
Cash flow from operations +10
Sales (paid in cash) +30
Materials -10
Labor -10
Cash flow from financing +40
Incoming loan +50
Loan repayment -5
Taxes -5
Cash flow from investments -10
Purchased capital -10
Total +40

The net cash flow only provides a limited amount of information. Compare, for example, the cash flows over three years of two companies:

Company A Company B
Year 1 Year 2 year 3 Year 1 Year 2 year 3
Cash flow from operations +20M +21M +22M +10M +11M +12M
Cash flow from financing +5M +5M +5M +5M +5M +5M
Cash flow from investment -15M -15M -15M 0M 0M 0M
Net cash flow +10M +11M +12M +15M +16M +17M

Company B has a higher yearly cash flow. However, Company A is actually earning more cash by its core activities and has already spent 45M in long term investments, of which the revenues will only show up after three years.

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