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ConAgra Foods Inc (NYSE:CAG)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-514 Mil (TTM As of May. 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 May. 2014, ConAgra Foods Inc spent $131 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $28 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $-1 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 received $4 Mil from net Intangibles purchase and sale. It received $34 Mil from discontinued investing activities. And it paid $5 Mil for other investing activities. In all, ConAgra Foods Inc spent $70 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in May. 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.

ConAgra Foods Inc's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in May. 2014 is calculated as:

ConAgra Foods Inc's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in May. 2014 is calculated as:

ConAgra Foods Inc Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in May. 2014 was -177.6 (Aug. 2013 ) + -127.4 (Nov. 2013 ) + -138.8 (Feb. 2014 ) + -70.3 (May. 2014 ) = $-514 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.

ConAgra Foods Inc's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $-131 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc spent $131 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.

ConAgra Foods Inc's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $28 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc gained $28 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

ConAgra Foods Inc's purchase of business for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $1 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc spent $-1 Mil on purchasing business.

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

ConAgra Foods Inc's sale of business for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc gained $0 Mil from selling business.

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

ConAgra Foods Inc's purchase of investment for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

ConAgra Foods Inc's sale of investment for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc 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.

ConAgra Foods Inc's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $4 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc received $4 Mil from 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.

ConAgra Foods Inc's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $34 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc received $34 Mil from 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.

ConAgra Foods Inc's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in May. 2014 was $-5 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods Inc paid $5 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.

ConAgra Foods Inc Annual Data

May05May06May07May08May09May10May11May12May13May14
PurchaseOfPPE -453-263-518-490-442-483-466-337-459-602
SaleOfPPE 953017466278819101843
PurchaseOfBusiness 0000-84-107-149-635-5,019-40
SaleOfBusiness 00000220000
PurchaseOfInvestment 00-3,958-1,3510000-20
SaleOfInvestment 230124,0781,35230920000
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000-63-5-1
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0431662332,259-32550087
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 27448785-254235431-40-0-0
Cash Flow from Investing 145697523-6441,791-35589-1,064-5,466-514

ConAgra Foods Inc Quarterly Data

Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14
PurchaseOfPPE -79-98-99-82-109-170-181-151-139-131
SaleOfPPE 222241048328
PurchaseOfBusiness -249-329-2690-4,749-10-40-11
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment 00000-20000
SaleOfInvestment -413000000000
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale -630000-50004
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 000000-055-234
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 413-400-2-02-0-00-5
Cash Flow from Investing -388-464-365-81-4,854-165-178-127-139-70
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