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ABB Ltd (NYSE:ABB)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-151 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 2015)

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 Jun. 2015, ABB Ltd spent $182 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $18 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $5 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $1 Mil from selling business. It spent $415 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $902 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 $102 Mil from other investing activities. In all, ABB Ltd gained $421 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Jun. 2015.


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.

ABB Ltd's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as:

ABB Ltd's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2015 is calculated as:

ABB Ltd Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2015 was 68 (Jun. 2014 ) + -381 (Sep. 2014 ) + -259 (Dec. 2014 ) + 421 (Jun. 2015 ) = $-151 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.

ABB Ltd's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $-182 Mil. It means ABB Ltd spent $182 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.

ABB Ltd's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $18 Mil. It means ABB Ltd gained $18 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

ABB Ltd's purchase of business for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $-5 Mil. It means ABB Ltd spent $5 Mil on purchasing business.

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

ABB Ltd's sale of business for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $1 Mil. It means ABB Ltd gained $1 Mil from selling business.

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

ABB Ltd's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $-415 Mil. It means ABB Ltd spent $415 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

ABB Ltd's sale of investment for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $902 Mil. It means ABB Ltd gained $902 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.

ABB Ltd's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means ABB 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.

ABB Ltd's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means ABB Ltd 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.

ABB Ltd's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Jun. 2015 was $102 Mil. It means ABB Ltd received $102 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.

ABB Ltd Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
PurchaseOfPPE -456-536-756-1,171-967-840-1,021-1,293-1,106-1,026
SaleOfPPE 1171287594364757408033
PurchaseOfBusiness 000-653-209-1,313-4,0200-914-70
SaleOfBusiness 000461683816621,110
PurchaseOfInvestment -1,915-4,743-10,115-3,593-4,985-5,621-2,951-2,355-556-2,895
SaleOfInvestment 1,8334,3667,3615,4153,9174,9044,7291,6821,5321,895
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 105911,144-2420-7-55-3,665185-168
Cash Flow from Investing -316-694-2,291114-2,172-2,747-3,253-5,575-717-1,121

ABB Ltd Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Jun15
PurchaseOfPPE -455-216-236-240-414-203-217-222-384-182
SaleOfPPE 000000120018
PurchaseOfBusiness -8-261-858-31-3-14-6-47-5
SaleOfBusiness 0000004015881191
PurchaseOfInvestment -896-178-211-44-123-522-348-999-1,026-415
SaleOfInvestment 01481,28782151052443001,246902
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 5146-158820874-10-42-167102
Cash Flow from Investing -1,308-226826-972-345-54968-381-259421
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