Operating Cash Flow

Motley Fool  Feb 6  Comment 
Significantly higher production levels and operating cash flow led the company to deliver some of its best financial results in years.
Motley Fool  Dec 10  Comment 
These companies are raking in more cold, hard cash than they know what to do with.
Motley Fool  Nov 24  Comment 
Not only does this high-yielder have a disciplined dividend policy, but it's cheap as well.
Reuters  Dec 22  Comment 
* Transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings per share and cash flow from operations, excluding items
Benzinga  Sep 6  Comment 
Shares of MeetMe Inc (NASDAQ: MEET) traded higher after the company announced a fresh share buyback program of a maximum of $15 million. The company will fund the buyback program from cash from operations. At the end of August, MeetMe had...
Reuters  Jul 29  Comment 
* Revising 2016 guidance for cash flow from operations to a range of $104 million to $135 million, due to acquisition of afsc
Automotive World  Jul 26  Comment 
BP today reported that profit for the second quarter of 2016 was $720 million on an underlying replacement cost basis1, compared with $532 million for the previous quarter and $1.3 billion for the second quarter of 2015. Underlying operating cash...


Operating Cash Flow is the total cash generated from the operations of a company

Operating Cash Flow (alternately "Cash Flow from Operating Activities", or "Cash Flow from Operations") is a measure (listed on the Cash Flow Statement) of the total cash generated from a company's operations. Though there are several ways to perform the actual calculation, most start with the net income (from the income statement), add depreciation, and adjust for changes in working capital (e.g. changes in liabilities, inventories, accounts receivable etc.).

Operating Cash Flow tells how much cash a company has been able to generate from the operations of its business. Since it adjusts for liabilities, receivables, and depreciation it is a more accurate measure of how much cash a company has generated (or used) than measures of profitability such as net income. As such, a massive and/or unexpected discrepancy between the net income and operating cash flow of a company could be indicative of disproportionate non-cash income. For example: A company with a lot of machinery (fixed assets) may have low net income due to depreciation; however the company does not pay for depreciation with cash, and, assuming everything else remains the same, the operating cash flow for the company would be higher than its net income.

The management has far less discretion over the cash flow statement than it does over the income statement -- as a result some investors may find it to be a better reflection of reality than the income statement. Also, given that companies require cash to run its everyday operations, cash flow from operations are likely to highlight any liquidity issues that a company might have.


Rogers Widget company had net income of $500 in 2008. The company has a capital extensive business (think lots of big heavy machinery) and in 2008 it had depreciation expense of $300. Since depreciation doesn't actually require that the company pay out anything in cash, the company has to add back this expense in order to come up with operating cash flow. In 2008, the company generated $800 in cash flow from operations.

Wikinvest © 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Use of this site is subject to express Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and Disclaimer. By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms. Any information provided by Wikinvest, including but not limited to company data, competitors, business analysis, market share, sales revenues and other operating metrics, earnings call analysis, conference call transcripts, industry information, or price targets should not be construed as research, trading tips or recommendations, or investment advice and is provided with no warrants as to its accuracy. Stock market data, including US and International equity symbols, stock quotes, share prices, earnings ratios, and other fundamental data is provided by data partners. Stock market quotes delayed at least 15 minutes for NASDAQ, 20 mins for NYSE and AMEX. Market data by Xignite. See data providers for more details. Company names, products, services and branding cited herein may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. The use of trademarks or service marks of another is not a representation that the other is affiliated with, sponsors, is sponsored by, endorses, or is endorsed by Wikinvest.
Powered by MediaWiki