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Quanta Services Inc (NYSE:PWR)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-307 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, Quanta Services Inc spent $41 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $9 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $11 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 $134 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it paid $834 Mil for other investing activities. In all, Quanta Services Inc spent $1,012 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.

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

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

Quanta Services Inc Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2015 was -99.892 (Mar. 2015 ) + -105.337 (Jun. 2015 ) + 910 (Sep. 2015 ) + -1011.884 (Dec. 2015 ) = $-307 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.

Quanta Services Inc's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-41 Mil. It means Quanta Services Inc spent $41 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.

Quanta Services Inc's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $9 Mil. It means Quanta Services Inc gained $9 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

Quanta Services Inc's purchase of business for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-11 Mil. It means Quanta Services Inc spent $11 Mil on purchasing business.

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

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

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

Quanta Services Inc's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means Quanta Services Inc spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

Quanta Services Inc's sale of investment for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means Quanta Services 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.

Quanta Services Inc's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $0 Mil. It means Quanta Services 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.

Quanta Services Inc's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-134 Mil. It means Quanta Services Inc paid $134 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.

Quanta Services Inc's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Dec. 2015 was $-834 Mil. It means Quanta Services Inc paid $834 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 own currency.

Quanta Services Inc Annual Data

Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15
PurchaseOfPPE -48-128-200-165-150-172-209-264-301-210
SaleOfPPE 1027159261012151426
PurchaseOfBusiness 00-3500-35-54-284-262-113
SaleOfBusiness 00036000000
PurchaseOfInvestment -512-309000-40000
SaleOfInvestment 51230900000000
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 00000-0-20-0-0
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000-4-930800825
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 0-20-0-0-126-71-692137-836
Cash Flow from Investing -38-121-219-120-254-281-14-320-543-307

Quanta Services Inc Quarterly Data

Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15
PurchaseOfPPE -51-9-71-62-68-60-66-62-48-41
SaleOfPPE 5624351889
PurchaseOfBusiness -124-159-76-3-82-101-35-38-29-11
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment 000-3000-200
SaleOfInvestment 0002000300
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000-000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 000-14-12-150-14981-134
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 3620000-062-00-2-834
Cash Flow from Investing -13538-145-76-159-109-100-105910-1,012
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