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Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-2,980 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2015)

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 Dec. 2015, Pfizer Inc spent $611 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $144 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $0 Mil from selling business. It spent $10,477 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $8,849 Mil from selling investments. It paid $51 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it received $210 Mil from other investing activities. In all, Pfizer Inc spent $2,224 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Dec. 2015.


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.

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

Pfizer Inc's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2015 is calculated as:

Pfizer Inc Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2015 was 6592 (Mar. 2015 ) + -2105 (Jun. 2015 ) + -5243 (Sep. 2015 ) + -2224 (Dec. 2015 ) = $-2,980 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.

Pfizer Inc's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-611 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc spent $611 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.

Pfizer Inc's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

Pfizer Inc's purchase of business for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-144 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc spent $144 Mil on purchasing business.

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

Pfizer Inc's sale of business for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc gained $0 Mil from selling business.

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

Pfizer Inc's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-10,477 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc spent $10,477 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

Pfizer Inc's sale of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $8,849 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc gained $8,849 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.

Pfizer Inc's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-51 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc paid $51 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.

Pfizer Inc's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means Pfizer 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.

Pfizer Inc's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $210 Mil. It means Pfizer Inc received $210 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.

Pfizer Inc Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
PurchaseOfPPE -2,203-1,991-1,701-1,205-1,513-1,660-1,327-1,206-1,199-1,397
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 00-1,184-43,123-273-3,282-1,050-15-195-16,466
SaleOfBusiness 000002,37611,850000
PurchaseOfInvestment -11,522-27,061-45,062-42,219-14,851-22,491-35,163-53,781-61,672-38,123
SaleOfInvestment 21,00430,46036,80554,64314,87427,19731,75148,68253,51946,993
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 00000-222-92-259-384-99
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -2,178-613-1,6936321,271282185-4,0464,2776,112
Cash Flow from Investing 5,101795-12,835-31,272-4922,2006,154-10,625-5,654-2,980

Pfizer Inc Quarterly Data

Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16
PurchaseOfPPE -417-292-278-275-354-239-258-289-6110
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 00000-678-1-15,643-1440
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment -11,108-10,529-15,879-19,140-16,124-10,696-10,755-6,195-10,4770
SaleOfInvestment 13,7319,02314,71913,77815,99912,63911,13514,3708,8490
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale -82-6-50-286-42-7-5-36-510
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -2,0441,706-193,388-9935,573-2,2212,5502100
Cash Flow from Investing 80-98-1,507-2,535-1,5146,592-2,105-5,243-2,2240
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