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ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE:CAG)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-609 Mil (TTM As of Feb. 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 Feb. 2014, ConAgra Foods, Inc. spent $139 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $3 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 paid $0 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $2 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it received $0 Mil from other investing activities. In all, ConAgra Foods, Inc. spent $139 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Feb. 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. 2013 is calculated as:

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

ConAgra Foods, Inc. Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Feb. 2014 was -164.8 (May. 2013 ) + -177.6 (Aug. 2013 ) + -127.4 (Nov. 2013 ) + -138.8 (Feb. 2014 ) = $-609 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 Feb. 2014 was $-139 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods, Inc. spent $139 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 Feb. 2014 was $3 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods, Inc. gained $3 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods, Inc. 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.

ConAgra Foods, Inc.'s cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Feb. 2014 was $-2 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods, Inc. paid $2 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.

ConAgra Foods, Inc.'s cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Feb. 2014 was $0 Mil. It means ConAgra Foods, Inc. received $0 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.

ConAgra Foods, Inc. Annual Data

May04May05May06May07May08May09May10May11May12May13
PurchaseOfPPE -226-382-263-518-489-430-482-466-337-459
SaleOfPPE 659230174661888191018
PurchaseOfBusiness 0000-255-80-107-131-635-5,019
SaleOfBusiness 000003022000
PurchaseOfInvestment 000-3,958-1,351000-40-2
SaleOfInvestment 70230124,0781,3520041300
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000-18-63-5
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 77685431662322,252-325500
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -02724878522127180-0
Cash Flow from Investing 684296697523-6441,791-35589-1,064-5,466

ConAgra Foods, Inc. Quarterly Data

Nov11Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14
PurchaseOfPPE -65-79-98-98-81-107-173-181-151-139
SaleOfPPE 22222410483
PurchaseOfBusiness -58-249-329-2690-4,749-10-40-1
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment 00-400-2-000-00
SaleOfInvestment 0000000000
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0-50000-5000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 000-0-1-23-055-2
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 58-580000-0-000
Cash Flow from Investing -63-388-464-365-81-4,854-165-178-127-139
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