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White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd (NYSE:WTM)
Cash Flow from Investing
$244 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2014)

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 Sep. 2014, White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd spent $5 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 $1,286 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $1,589 Mil from selling investments. It paid $0 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $3 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it paid $151 Mil for other investing activities. In all, White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd gained $145 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Sep. 2014.


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.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as:

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as:

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 30.9 (Dec. 2013 ) + 58.2 (Mar. 2014 ) + 10.7 (Jun. 2014 ) + 144.6 (Sep. 2014 ) = $244 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.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $-5 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd spent $5 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.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's purchase of business for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd spent $0 Mil on purchasing business.

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

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's sale of business for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd gained $0 Mil from selling business.

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

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $-1,286 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd spent $1,286 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's sale of investment for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $1,589 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd gained $1,589 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.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd 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.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $-3 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd paid $3 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.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $-151 Mil. It means White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd paid $151 Mil for 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.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
PurchaseOfPPE -14-39-20-26-10-11-6-6-2-13
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness -6600-33-52-2240-5-3-420
SaleOfBusiness 221181771901201881,0112532
PurchaseOfInvestment -7,536-7,075-6,498-8,779-5,232-3,941-4,602-5,564-6,272-4,601
SaleOfInvestment 8,7926,9646,2368,4526,4964,0684,9685,2097,1434,960
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 000000-1227819672
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -337306-80200249-47-125-218-49
Cash Flow from Investing 467338-344-3151,042365485800830402

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
PurchaseOfPPE -0-1-2-4-3-4-13-1-3-5
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 00-42-9000-3200
SaleOfBusiness 01015310011300
PurchaseOfInvestment -897-1,813-1,720-1,903-976-914-807-1,216-1,457-1,286
SaleOfInvestment 1,2131,5181,8222,3689778357801,2421,5821,589
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 346141413221-211516-3
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -162-14988-12283-839238-127-151
Cash Flow from Investing 187-374202403114-146315811145
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