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Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL)
Cash Flow from Operations
$839 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2013)

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 Dec. 2013, Ball Corporation's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $135 Mil. Its DDA was $76 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $230 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $0 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $-54 Mil. In all, Ball Corporation's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $387 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.

Ball Corporation's Cash Flow from Operations for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as:

Ball Corporation's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2013 is

Ball Corporation Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2013 was -324.6 (Mar. 2013 ) + 267.1 (Jun. 2013 ) + 509.4 (Sep. 2013 ) + 387.1 (Dec. 2013 ) = $839 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.

Ball Corporation's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $135 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

Ball Corporation's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $76 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.

Ball Corporation's change in working capital for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $230 Mil. It means Ball Corporation's working capital increased by $230 Mil from Sep. 2013 to Dec. 2013 .

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

Ball Corporation's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $0 Mil.

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

Ball Corporation's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $0 Mil.

6. 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).

Ball Corporation's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Dec. 2013 was $-54 Mil.


Related Terms

Net Income From Continuing Operations, Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization, Change In Working Capital, Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations, 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.

Ball Corporation Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 302272330281320388549469429435
CF_DDA 215214253281297243266301283300
ChangeInWorkingCapital -488-13735-5-118-277945564
CF_DeferredTax 47-5238-2120-24-292800
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -2537-8297-4717568641
Cash Flow from Operations 536559401673628560515948853839

Ball Corporation Quarterly Data

Sep11Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 13846993143122717999122135
CF_DDA 75796967757373757776
ChangeInWorkingCapital 72331-3276063259-45056228230
CF_DeferredTax 014900010000
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -5-385-63245462-363883-54
Cash Flow from Operations 280507-218293314465-325267509387
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