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MetLife Inc (NYSE:MET)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-18,077 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 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 three months ended in Sep. 2016, MetLife Inc spent $0 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $0 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $731 Mil from selling business. It spent $34,679 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $34,387 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 $5,117 Mil for other investing activities. In all, MetLife Inc spent $4,678 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Sep. 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.

MetLife Inc's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2015 is calculated as:

MetLife Inc's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as:

MetLife Inc Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2016 was -3491 (Dec. 2015 ) + -5739 (Mar. 2016 ) + -4169 (Jun. 2016 ) + -4678 (Sep. 2016 ) = $-18,077 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.

MetLife Inc's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means MetLife Inc spent $0 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.

MetLife Inc's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means MetLife Inc gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

MetLife Inc's purchase of business for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means MetLife Inc spent $0 Mil on purchasing business.

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

MetLife Inc's sale of business for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $731 Mil. It means MetLife Inc gained $731 Mil from selling business.

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

MetLife Inc's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $-34,679 Mil. It means MetLife Inc spent $34,679 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

MetLife Inc's sale of investment for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $34,387 Mil. It means MetLife Inc gained $34,387 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.

MetLife Inc's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means MetLife 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.

MetLife Inc's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means MetLife Inc 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.

MetLife Inc's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was $-5,117 Mil. It means MetLife Inc paid $5,117 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.

MetLife Inc Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
PurchaseOfPPE 00-1,170-579000000
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness -1150-786-803-3,021-163-16-3,196-1,7640
SaleOfBusiness 41352672994003955761,2001,2590
PurchaseOfInvestment -3,575-4,618-88,860-86,639-104,073-121,934-123,734-118,241-133,286-151,093
SaleOfInvestment 1,1235,216104,95772,74289,714109,123108,888118,604120,028151,105
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 00-1,170-579000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -652-382-16,371983-934-9,6562,357-13,532-1,292-10,410
Cash Flow from Investing -2,806742-2,671-13,935-18,314-22,235-11,929-15,165-15,055-10,398

MetLife Inc Quarterly Data

Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16
PurchaseOfPPE 0000000000
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness -616-514-149-275000000
SaleOfBusiness 615172252279303277-859295155731
PurchaseOfInvestment -37,475-31,623-38,609-33,552-39,901-33,083-44,557-38,155-37,383-34,679
SaleOfInvestment 29,26328,67533,85435,98542,56732,87839,67535,78232,78734,387
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -651-1,6791,266-9,337-2,829-2192,250-3,661272-5,117
Cash Flow from Investing -8,864-4,969-3,386-6,900140-147-3,491-5,739-4,169-4,678
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