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Micron Technology Inc (NAS:MU)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-3,298 Mil (TTM As of Nov. 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 Nov. 2016, Micron Technology Inc spent $1,264 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 $0 Mil from selling business. It spent $84 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $567 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 $109 Mil for other investing activities. In all, Micron Technology Inc spent $890 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Nov. 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.

Micron Technology Inc's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Aug. 2016 is calculated as:

Micron Technology Inc's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Nov. 2016 is calculated as:

Micron Technology Inc Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Nov. 2016 was -366 (Feb. 2016 ) + -616 (May. 2016 ) + -1426 (Aug. 2016 ) + -890 (Nov. 2016 ) = $-3,298 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.

Micron Technology Inc's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Nov. 2016 was $-1,264 Mil. It means Micron Technology Inc spent $1,264 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.

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

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

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

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

Micron Technology Inc's sale of business for the three months ended in Nov. 2016 was $0 Mil. It means Micron Technology Inc gained $0 Mil from selling business.

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

Micron Technology Inc's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Nov. 2016 was $-84 Mil. It means Micron Technology Inc spent $84 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

Micron Technology Inc's sale of investment for the three months ended in Nov. 2016 was $567 Mil. It means Micron Technology Inc gained $567 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.

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

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

Micron Technology Inc's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Nov. 2016 was $-109 Mil. It means Micron Technology Inc paid $109 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.

Micron Technology Inc Annual Data

Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13Aug14Aug15Aug16
PurchaseOfPPE -3,603-2,529-488-616-2,550-1,699-1,442-3,107-4,021-5,817
SaleOfPPE 12418726941276728000
PurchaseOfBusiness 0000-15900000
SaleOfBusiness 000423000000
PurchaseOfInvestment -1,466-367-470-168-40-751-924-1,063-4,392-1,026
SaleOfInvestment 2,696571171311526786622,2493,696
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -1424687-184579-81-250606-6879
Cash Flow from Investing -2,391-2,092-674-448-2,042-2,312-1,910-2,902-6,232-3,068

Micron Technology Inc Quarterly Data

Aug14Nov14Feb15May15Aug15Nov15Feb16May16Aug16Nov16
PurchaseOfPPE -1,307-669-853-734-1,765-990-1,219-1,685-1,923-1,264
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 0000000000
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment -588-668-1,554-1,587-583-510-169-200-147-84
SaleOfInvestment 2203303017558631,0449061,239507567
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -23-69-2046-25-20411630137-109
Cash Flow from Investing -1,698-1,076-2,126-1,520-1,510-660-366-616-1,426-890
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