Net Change in Cash
Net change in cash is the increase or decrease in cash and cash equivalents from the beginning to the end of a year.
It is equal to the net change in cash and cash equivalents as a result of the company's operating, investing and financing activities. It is also equal to net income plus depreciation and other non-cash items. Multinational companies must include exchange rate effects based on the rates used to translate items on their balance sheets.
Comparing a company's net change in cash to those generated by its industry peers is a good way to gauge the health of its cash flow situation. A company not generating the same amount of cash as competitors is bound to lose out when times get rough. However, since profitability is composed of items that are not cash-based, net change in cash does not do a very good job of indicating the overall financial well-being of a company.
Cash Flows from Operating Activities Plus: Cash Flows from Investing Activities Plus: Cash Flows from Financing Activities Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents Cash and Cash Equivalents at the Beginning of the Year Cash and Cash Equivalents at the End of the Year