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Spartech Corporation (NYSE:SEH)
Cash Flow from Investing
\$-20 Mil (TTM As of Oct. 2012)

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 Oct. 2012, Spartech Corporation spent \$7 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 \$0 Mil from other investing activities. In all, Spartech Corporation spent \$7 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Oct. 2012.

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.

Spartech Corporation's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Oct. 2012 is calculated as:

 Cash Flow from Investing (A: Oct. 2012 ) = Purchase of PPE + Sale of PPE + Purchase of Business = -19.967 + 0 + 0 + Sale of Business + Purchase of Investment + Sale of Investment + 0 + 0 + 0 + Net Intangibles Purchase And Sale + Cash From Discontinued Investing + Cash From Other Investing + 0 + 0 + 0.154 = -20

Spartech Corporation's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2012 is calculated as:

 Cash Flow from Investing (Q: Oct. 2012 ) = Purchase of PPE + Sale of PPE + Purchase of Business = -6.686 + 0 + 0 + Sale of Business + Purchase of Investment + Sale of Investment + 0 + 0 + 0 + Net Intangibles Purchase And Sale + Cash From Discontinued Investing + Cash From Other Investing + 0 + 0 + 0.039 = -7

Spartech Corporation Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Oct. 2012 was -3.779 (Jan. 2012 ) + -4.488 (Apr. 2012 ) + -4.899 (Jul. 2012 ) + -6.647 (Oct. 2012 ) = \$-20 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.

Spartech Corporation's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$-7 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation spent \$7 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.

Spartech Corporation's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation gained \$0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

Spartech Corporation's purchase of business for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation spent \$0 Mil on purchasing business.

Spartech Corporation's sale of business for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation gained \$0 Mil from selling business.

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

Spartech Corporation's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation spent \$0 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

Spartech Corporation's sale of investment for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation 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.

Spartech Corporation's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation 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.

Spartech Corporation's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation 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.

Spartech Corporation's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Oct. 2012 was \$0 Mil. It means Spartech Corporation received \$0 Mil from other investing activities.

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Historical Data

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

Spartech Corporation Annual Data

 Oct03 Oct04 Oct05 Oct06 Oct07 Oct08 Oct09 Oct10 Oct11 Oct12 PurchaseOfPPE -22 -35 -39 -24 -35 -17 -8 -21 -29 -20 SaleOfPPE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PurchaseOfBusiness 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SaleOfBusiness 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PurchaseOfInvestment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SaleOfInvestment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -27 -96 8 2 -61 -0 33 4 0 0 Cash Flow from Investing -49 -131 -31 -22 -96 -17 25 -18 -29 -20

Spartech Corporation Quarterly Data

 Jul10 Oct10 Jan11 Apr11 Jul11 Oct11 Jan12 Apr12 Jul12 Oct12 PurchaseOfPPE -5 -8 -8 -6 -5 -10 -4 -4 -5 -7 SaleOfPPE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PurchaseOfBusiness 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SaleOfBusiness 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PurchaseOfInvestment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 SaleOfInvestment 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Cash Flow from Investing -5 -8 -8 -6 -5 -10 -4 -4 -5 -7
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