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Banco Santander SA (NYSE:SAN)
Cash Flow from Investing
$1,799 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2013)

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. 2013, Banco Santander SA spent $2,557 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $681 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $0 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $2,150 Mil from selling business. It spent $247 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $402 Mil from selling investments. It paid $1,669 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it received $2,162 Mil from other investing activities. In all, Banco Santander SA gained $922 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Dec. 2013.


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.

Banco Santander SA's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as:

Banco Santander SA's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as:

Banco Santander SA Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 0 (Mar. 2013 ) + 876.963350785 (Jun. 2013 ) + 0 (Sep. 2013 ) + 922.343324251 (Dec. 2013 ) = $1,799 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own 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.

Banco Santander SA's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $-2,557 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA spent $2,557 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.

Banco Santander SA's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $681 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA gained $681 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

Banco Santander SA's purchase of business for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $0 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA spent $0 Mil on purchasing business.

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

Banco Santander SA's sale of business for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $2,150 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA gained $2,150 Mil from selling business.

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

Banco Santander SA's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $-247 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA spent $247 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

Banco Santander SA's sale of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $402 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA gained $402 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.

Banco Santander SA's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $-1,669 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA paid $1,669 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.

Banco Santander SA's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $0 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA 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.

Banco Santander SA's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $2,162 Mil. It means Banco Santander SA received $2,162 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 own currency.

Banco Santander SA Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
PurchaseOfPPE 0000-994-4,597-4,859-2,397-2,874-2,557
SaleOfPPE 0000009316711,084681
PurchaseOfBusiness 00000-321-214-9,25900
SaleOfBusiness 00001,0978,332441,3471,3182,150
PurchaseOfInvestment 0-22-3,499-18,121-998-19-15-1-44-247
SaleOfInvestment 02,1229,7111,4435920139133402
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 00001,005-1,036-1,999-1,987-2,287-1,669
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 02,930-2,962-14,5111,0898,9902,4502,4542,7172,162
Cash Flow from Investing 05,0303,251-31,1891,25811,368-3,522-9,160-84922

Banco Santander SA Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
PurchaseOfPPE 0-1,3080-1,0520-1,7350-7150-2,557
SaleOfPPE 03680464058103180681
PurchaseOfBusiness 02500000000
SaleOfBusiness 01,34701,2170001,43602,150
PurchaseOfInvestment 0360-160-270-1180-247
SaleOfInvestment 0130003000402
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0-1,6860-10-2,2860-5210-1,669
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 01,25401,54501,044047602,162
Cash Flow from Investing 05002,1580-2,42008770922
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