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American Express Co (NYSE:AXP)
Cash Flow from Operations
$9,831 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2015)

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company’'s normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

For the three months ended in Mar. 2015, American Express Co's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $1,525 Mil. Its DDA was $251 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $-360 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $219 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. Its Stock Based Compensation was $71 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $420 Mil. In all, American Express Co's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $2,126 Mil.


Definition

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company’'s normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

American Express Co's Cash Flow from Operations for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as:

American Express Co's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2015 is

American Express Co Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2015 was 1600 (Jun. 2014 ) + 3701 (Sep. 2014 ) + 2404 (Dec. 2014 ) + 2126 (Mar. 2015 ) = $9,831 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.


Explanation

Cash flow from operations contains six items:

1. Net Income From Continuing Operations:
Net Income From Continuing Operations indicates the net income that a firm brings in from ongoing business activities. These activities are expected to continue into the next reporting period. It excludes extraordinary items, income from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, non-recurring items, income from tax loss carry forward, and preferred dividends.

American Express Co's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $1,525 Mil.

2. Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization:
Depreciation is a present expense that accounts for the past cost of an asset that is now providing benefits.
Depletion and amortization are synonyms for depreciation.
Generally:
• The term “depreciation” is used when discussing man made tangible assets
• The term “depletion” is used when discussing natural tangible assets
• The term “amortization” is used when discussing intangible assets

American Express Co's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $251 Mil.

3. Change In Working Capital:
Working Capital is a measure of a company's short term liquidity or its ability to cover short term liabilities. It is defined as the difference between a company's current assets and current liabilities. Changes in Working Capital is reported in the cash flow statement since it is one of the major ways in which net income can differ from operating cash flow.

American Express Co's change in working capital for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $-360 Mil. It means American Express Co's working capital declined by $360 Mil from Dec. 2014 to Mar. 2015 .

4. Deferred Tax:
It is the cash flow generated from deferred tax.

American Express Co's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $219 Mil.

5. Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations:
Cash received by a company that comes from the sale of part of business.

American Express Co's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $0 Mil.

6. Stock Based Compensation:
It is a way corporations use stock options to reward employees. It provides executives and employees the opportunity to share in the growth of the company and, if structured properly, can align their interests with the interests of the company's shareholders and investors, without burning the company's cash on hand.

American Express Co's stock based compensation for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $71 Mil.

7. Cash Flow from Others:
These are cash differences caused by the change of inventory, accounts payable, accounts receivable etc. For instance, if a company pays its suppliers slower, its cash position will build up faster. If a company receives payments from its customers slower, its account receivables will rise, and its cash position will grow more slowly (or even shrink).

American Express Co's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Mar. 2015 was $420 Mil.


Related Terms

Net Income From Continuing Operations, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Change In Working Capital, Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations, Stock Based Compensation, Cash Flow from Others, Cash Flow from Investing


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

American Express Co Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 3,7343,7074,0122,8712,1374,0574,8994,4825,3595,885
CF_DDA 5676086487121,0709179189911,0201,012
ChangeInWorkingCapital 9621,869-106-2,040-7511261,720-896-92,700
CF_DeferredTax -266-378-851442-1,4291,135818218-5-941
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Stock Based Compensation 000229230287301297350290
Cash Flow from Others 3,0483,3064,7885,9275,0802,2071,1121,9901,8322,044
Cash Flow from Operations 8,0459,1128,4918,1416,3378,7299,7687,0828,54710,990

American Express Co Quarterly Data

Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14Mar15
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 6371,2801,4051,3661,3081,4321,5291,4771,4471,525
CF_DDA 240245252266257249266249248251
ChangeInWorkingCapital -5,2515,427534-4,089-1,881987-3191,541491-360
CF_DeferredTax 13983-128-6610644-441-100-444219
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Stock Based Compensation 659610178758876468071
Cash Flow from Others 638416518419479485489488582420
Cash Flow from Operations -3,5327,5472,682-2,0263443,2851,6003,7012,4042,126
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