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First Solar, Inc. (NAS:FSLR)
Cash Flow from Operations
$856 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2013)

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company’'s normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

For the three months ended in Dec. 2013, First Solar, Inc.'s Net Income From Continuing Operations was $65 Mil. Its DDA was $61 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $43 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $-21 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $44 Mil. In all, First Solar, Inc.'s Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $192 Mil.


Definition

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company’'s normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

First Solar, Inc.'s Cash Flow from Operations for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as:

First Solar, Inc.'s Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is

First Solar, Inc. Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was 66.455 (Mar. 2013 ) + 222.373 (Jun. 2013 ) + 375.092 (Sep. 2013 ) + 192.206 (Dec. 2013 ) = $856 Mil.

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


Explanation

Cash flow from operations contains six items:

1. Net Income From Continuing Operations:
Net Income From Continuing Operations indicates the net income that a firm brings in from ongoing business activities. These activities are expected to continue into the next reporting period. It excludes extraordinary items, income from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, non-recurring items, income from tax loss carry forward, and preferred dividends.

First Solar, Inc.'s net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $65 Mil.

2. Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization:
Depreciation is a present expense that accounts for the past cost of an asset that is now providing benefits.
Depletion and amortization are synonyms for depreciation.
Generally:
• The term “depreciation” is used when discussing man made tangible assets
• The term “depletion” is used when discussing natural tangible assets
• The term “amortization” is used when discussing intangible assets

First Solar, Inc.'s depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $61 Mil.

3. Change In Working Capital:
Working Capital is a measure of a company's short term liquidity or its ability to cover short term liabilities. It is defined as the difference between a company's current assets and current liabilities. Changes in Working Capital is reported in the cash flow statement since it is one of the major ways in which net income can differ from operating cash flow.

First Solar, Inc.'s change in working capital for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $43 Mil. It means First Solar, Inc.'s working capital increased by $43 Mil from Sep. 2013 to Dec. 2013 .

4. Deferred Tax:
It is the cash flow generated from deferred tax.

First Solar, Inc.'s cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $-21 Mil.

5. Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations:
Cash received by a company that comes from the sale of part of business.

First Solar, Inc.'s cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $0 Mil.

6. Cash Flow from Others:
These are cash differences caused by the change of inventory, accounts payable, accounts receivable etc. For instance, if a company pays its suppliers slower, its cash position will build up faster. If a company receives payments from its customers slower, its account receivables will rise, and its cash position will grow more slowly (or even shrink).

First Solar, Inc.'s cash flow from others for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $44 Mil.


Related Terms

Net Income From Continuing Operations, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Change In Working Capital, Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations, Cash Flow from Others, Cash Flow from Investing


Historical Data

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

First Solar, Inc. Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations -17-641583486400-39-96353
CF_DDA 23102460130156235263234
ChangeInWorkingCapital -23-277033-144-92-537204187
CF_DeferredTax 000-56-13-35-58-15615-21
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others 151393585700463378103
Cash Flow from Operations -155-1206463675705-33762856

First Solar, Inc. Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 0-212-44911188154593419565
CF_DDA 62697365646158585761
ChangeInWorkingCapital -1-2-16328-16355-391641943
CF_DeferredTax -44-703263-0-78-21
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others 185225373-782855-12-259644
Cash Flow from Operations 20311-164282232866222375192
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