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BHP Billiton Ltd (NYSE:BHP)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-7,245 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 2016)

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 six months ended in Jun. 2016, BHP Billiton Ltd spent $3,112 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $36 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $0 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $118 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 paid $249 Mil for other investing activities. In all, BHP Billiton Ltd spent $3,207 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the six months ended in Jun. 2016.


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.

BHP Billiton Ltd's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Jun. 2016 is calculated as:

BHP Billiton Ltd's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2016 is calculated as:

For company reported semi-annually, GuruFocus uses latest annual data as the TTM data. BHP Billiton Ltd Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2016 was $-7,245 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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.

BHP Billiton Ltd's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $-3,112 Mil. It means BHP Billiton Ltd spent $3,112 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.

BHP Billiton Ltd's sale of property, plant, equipment for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $36 Mil. It means BHP Billiton Ltd gained $36 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

BHP Billiton Ltd's purchase of business for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means BHP Billiton Ltd spent $0 Mil on purchasing business.

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

BHP Billiton Ltd's sale of business for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $118 Mil. It means BHP Billiton Ltd gained $118 Mil from selling business.

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

BHP Billiton Ltd's purchase of investment for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means BHP Billiton Ltd spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

BHP Billiton Ltd's sale of investment for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means BHP Billiton Ltd 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.

BHP Billiton Ltd's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means BHP Billiton 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.

BHP Billiton Ltd's cash from discontinued investing activities for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means BHP Billiton 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.

BHP Billiton Ltd's cash from other investing activities for the six months ended in Jun. 2016 was $-249 Mil. It means BHP Billiton Ltd paid $249 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 local exchange's currency.

BHP Billiton Ltd Annual Data

Jun07Jun08Jun09Jun10Jun11Jun12Jun13Jun14Jun15Jun16
PurchaseOfPPE -7,934-8,908-10,735-9,626-11,406-19,486-21,399-15,512-12,093-7,281
SaleOfPPE 7743164132801462,2746674107
PurchaseOfBusiness 00-286-508-4,807-12,5560000
SaleOfBusiness 203781737606502812256166
PurchaseOfInvestment -739-320-40-152-238-554-539-1,237-860
SaleOfInvestment 9859963411801,92104450
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale -18-16-141-85-211-219-380-192-900
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 000000-1,105-700-1,0660
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 00-126-15601780929-594-237
Cash Flow from Investing -8,313-9,064-11,051-9,985-16,464-32,485-18,726-15,834-13,154-7,245

BHP Billiton Ltd Semi-Annual Data

Dec11Jun12Dec12Jun13Dec13Jun14Dec14Jun15Dec15Jun16
PurchaseOfPPE -9,000-10,486-11,753-9,646-8,767-6,745-6,420-5,673-4,169-3,112
SaleOfPPE 13975151,759412541337136
PurchaseOfBusiness -12,549-7-4848-17170000
SaleOfBusiness 0000628184251548118
PurchaseOfInvestment -243-311-296-243-390-847-43-43-830
SaleOfInvestment 92-921,70022100333112920
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale -122-97-234-146-65-127-64-2630
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 000000-415-65100
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 716-532231-8341081210-5940-249
Cash Flow from Investing -20,967-11,518-9,885-8,841-8,462-7,372-6,317-6,837-4,038-3,207
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