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CenterPoint Energy Inc (NYSE:CNP)
Cash Flow from Operations
$1,605 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2014)

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 Sep. 2014, CenterPoint Energy Inc's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $143 Mil. Its DDA was $293 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $-50 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $81 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $-55 Mil. In all, CenterPoint Energy Inc's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $412 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.

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

CenterPoint Energy Inc's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is

CenterPoint Energy Inc Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 481 (Dec. 2013 ) + 380 (Mar. 2014 ) + 332 (Jun. 2014 ) + 412 (Sep. 2014 ) = $1,605 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.

CenterPoint Energy Inc's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $143 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

CenterPoint Energy Inc's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $293 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.

CenterPoint Energy Inc's change in working capital for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $-50 Mil. It means CenterPoint Energy Inc's working capital declined by $50 Mil from Jun. 2014 to Sep. 2014 .

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

CenterPoint Energy Inc's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $81 Mil.

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

CenterPoint Energy Inc's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 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).

CenterPoint Energy Inc's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $-55 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.

CenterPoint Energy Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 2062254323994473724420417311
CF_DDA 5826186556967367438648861,050954
ChangeInWorkingCapital -197-979200-347-760415-11912253126
CF_DeferredTax 265232-2348487269199443328356
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -380-33-6218-5942043712-134
Cash Flow from Operations 476639917748511,8411,3861,8881,8601,613

CenterPoint Energy Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 12610417147-100151113185107143
CF_DDA 275301250240253248213235256293
ChangeInWorkingCapital 102-28-996-39-68137-5-25-50
CF_DeferredTax 6410991572009904981
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -6460-268-7-57-8818-39-15-55
Cash Flow from Operations 503452481533257342481380332412
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