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National Grid PLC (NYSE:NGG)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-9,387 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2013)

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 Sep. 2013, National Grid PLC spent $2,370 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $6 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $0 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 $50 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it received $2,544 Mil from other investing activities. In all, National Grid PLC gained $130 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the six months ended in Sep. 2013.


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.

National Grid PLC's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Mar. 2013 is calculated as:

National Grid PLC's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2013 is calculated as:

For company reported semi-annually, GuruFocus uses latest annual data as the TTM data. National Grid PLC Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2013 was $-9,387 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.

National Grid PLC's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $-2,370 Mil. It means National Grid PLC spent $2,370 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.

National Grid PLC's sale of property, plant, equipment for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $6 Mil. It means National Grid PLC gained $6 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

National Grid PLC's purchase of business for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $0 Mil. It means National Grid PLC spent $0 Mil on purchasing business.

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

National Grid PLC's sale of business for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $0 Mil. It means National Grid PLC gained $0 Mil from selling business.

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

National Grid PLC's purchase of investment for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $0 Mil. It means National Grid PLC spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

National Grid PLC's sale of investment for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $0 Mil. It means National Grid PLC 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.

National Grid PLC's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $-50 Mil. It means National Grid PLC paid $50 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.

National Grid PLC's cash from discontinued investing activities for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $0 Mil. It means National Grid PLC 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.

National Grid PLC's cash from other investing activities for the six months ended in Sep. 2013 was $2,544 Mil. It means National Grid PLC received $2,544 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.

National Grid PLC Annual Data

Mar04Mar05Mar06Mar07Mar08Mar09Mar10Mar11Mar12Mar13
PurchaseOfPPE 0-2,395-3,092-4,344-5,608-4,569-4,612-4,841-5,035-4,922
SaleOfPPE 003242514023433849
PurchaseOfBusiness 000-535-6,93500000
SaleOfBusiness 0003810900000
PurchaseOfInvestment 000-7,354-17,453-9,185-132-221-21-21
SaleOfInvestment 0003,92417,4919,224918584280
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 00-28-66-89-115-160-288-325-268
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 009,965-2096,0401,5430000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 0-2,247534294081251,294-2,524965-4,505
Cash Flow from Investing 0-4,6416,929-8,074-5,986-2,938-3,577-7,813-3,794-9,387

National Grid PLC Semi-Annual Data

Mar09Sep09Mar10Sep10Mar11Sep11Mar12Sep12Mar13Sep13
PurchaseOfPPE -2,312-2,311-2,425-2,329-2,440-2,325-2,677-2,650-2,398-2,370
SaleOfPPE 131591626211837146
PurchaseOfBusiness 0000000000
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment -9,143-86-51-114-1030-21-2-200
SaleOfInvestment 00033-16058429400
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale -32-57-106-122-162-126-197-174-103-50
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities -806000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 8,062869482-2,422-26528429-534-3,9972,544
Cash Flow from Investing -4,218-1,571-2,090-4,938-2,722-1,902-1,864-3,027-6,504130
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