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Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-248 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

Cash Flow from Investing covers the cash a company gains or spends from investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries. It also includes the cash the company used for property, plant and equipment (PPE).

For the three months ended in Dec. 2016, Abbott Laboratories spent $319 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $0 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $0 Mil from selling business. It spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $0 Mil from selling investments. It paid $0 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it received $1,869 Mil from other investing activities. In all, Abbott Laboratories gained $1,550 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Dec. 2016.


Definition

Cash Flow from Investing covers the cash a company gains or spends from investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries. It also includes the cash the company used for property, plant and equipment (PPE).

If a company spends cash on property, plant and equipment (PPE), this will reduce their cash position. This is called Capital Expenditures (CPEX).

Likewise, if a company buys another company for cash, this will reduce their cash position.

Abbott Laboratories's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as:

Abbott Laboratories's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as:

Abbott Laboratories Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 226 (Mar. 2016 ) + -1470 (Jun. 2016 ) + -554 (Sep. 2016 ) + 1550 (Dec. 2016 ) = $-248 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Explanation

Cash flow from investing contains nine items:

1. Purchase Of Property, Plant, Equipment:
Purchase of PPE indicates the amount used to purchase property, plant, and equipment.

Abbott Laboratories's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $-319 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories spent $319 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment.

In the capital spending for property, plant and equipment (PPE), some part of spending may be from the expansion of business. The business needs more property, plant and equipment (PPE) as it grows. Another part may be from replacement of the property, plant and equipment (PPE) of existing business. For some companies, the cash spent on replacing of the property, plant and equipment (PPE) of the existing business will be close to the depreciation of property, plant and equipment (PPE) reported in the income statement.

In Warren Buffett’s definition of “Owner’s Earnings”, he deducts the estimate of the cost of replacing the property, plant and equipment (PPE) of the existing business from cash flow from operations. The cash spent on the new property, plant, and equipment is not deducted. The reason is because these are not costs of the existing business. In his 1986 letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett wrote this about owner earnings:

"These represent (a) reported earnings plus (b) depreciation, depletion, amortization, and certain other non-cash charges...less (c) the average annual amount of capitalized expenditures for plant and equipment, etc. that the business requires to fully maintain its long-term competitive position and its unit volume....Our owner-earnings equation does not yield the deceptively precise figures provided by GAAP, since (c) must be a guess - and one sometimes very difficult to make. Despite this problem, we consider the owner earnings figure, not the GAAP figure, to be the relevant item for valuation purposes...All of this points up the absurdity of the 'cash flow' numbers that are often set forth in Wall Street reports. These numbers routinely include (a) plus (b) - but do not subtract (c)."

2. Sale Of Property, Plant, Equipment:
Sale of PPE indicates the amount gained from selling property, plant, and equipment.

Abbott Laboratories's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

3. Purchase Of Business:
Purchase of business indicates the amount used to purchase business.

Abbott Laboratories's purchase of business for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories spent $0 Mil on purchasing business.

4. Sale Of Business:
Sale of business indicates the amount gained from selling business.

Abbott Laboratories's sale of business for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories gained $0 Mil from selling business.

5. Purchase Of Investment:
Purchase of Investments represents cash outflow on the purchase of investments in securities.

Abbott Laboratories's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments.

6. Sale Of Investment:
Sale of Investments represents cash inflow on the sale of investments in securities.

Abbott Laboratories's sale of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories gained $0 Mil from selling investments.

7. Net Intangibles Purchase And Sale:
Net Intangibles purchase and sale means the net cash inflow received by a company that comes from the purchase and sale of intangibles. It equals the cash received from sale of intangibles minus the cash spent on purchasing intangibles.

Abbott Laboratories's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories paid $0 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale.

8. Cash From Discontinued Investing Activities:
Cash from discontinued investing activities means the cash received by a company that comes from the discontinued investing activities.

Abbott Laboratories's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities.

9. Cash From Other Investing Activities:
Cash from other investing activities means the cash received by a company that comes from other investing activities.

Abbott Laboratories's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,869 Mil. It means Abbott Laboratories received $1,869 Mil from other investing activities.


Related Terms

Cash Flow from Operations, Cash Flow from Financing, Cash Flow for Capital Expenditures, Purchase of PPE, Sale of PPE, Purchase of Business, Sale of Business, Purchase of Investment, Sale of Investment, Net Intangibles Purchase And Sale, Cash From Discontinued Investing, Cash From Other Investing


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Abbott Laboratories Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
PurchaseOfPPE -1,656-1,288-1,089-1,015-1,491-1,795-1,145-1,077-1,110-1,121
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 0-250-2,371-9,433-673-706-580-3,317-235-80
SaleOfBusiness 000000052,52025
PurchaseOfInvestment 536-924-249-806-5,110-11,998-10,064-1,507-4,933-2,823
SaleOfInvestment 18449169545,6498,9367,8395,6244,1123,709
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -33-75-6-1,8882,286321705242
Cash Flow from Investing -1,136-2,087-3,699-12,188661-5,560-3,929-202406-248

Abbott Laboratories Quarterly Data

Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16
PurchaseOfPPE -277-287-235-216-411-248-243-247-312-319
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 0000000000
SaleOfBusiness 002302,2900025000
PurchaseOfInvestment 0000000000
SaleOfInvestment 0000000000
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -548277-200-1,832-7861,814444-1,223-2421,869
Cash Flow from Investing -825-10-205242-1,1971,566226-1,470-5541,550
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