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Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS)
Cash Flow from Operations
$4,425 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 2016)

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. 2016, Discover Financial Services's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $563 Mil. Its DDA was $89 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $148 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $0 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. Its Stock Based Compensation was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $492 Mil. In all, Discover Financial Services's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,292 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.

Discover Financial Services's Cash Flow from Operations for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as:

Discover Financial Services's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is

Discover Financial Services Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2016 was 1158 (Mar. 2016 ) + 658 (Jun. 2016 ) + 1317 (Sep. 2016 ) + 1292 (Dec. 2016 ) = $4,425 Mil.

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's 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.

Discover Financial Services's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $563 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

Discover Financial Services's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $89 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.

Discover Financial Services's change in working capital for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $148 Mil. It means Discover Financial Services's working capital increased by $148 Mil from Sep. 2016 to Dec. 2016 .

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

Discover Financial Services's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 Mil.

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

Discover Financial Services's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 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.

Discover Financial Services's stock based compensation for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $0 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).

Discover Financial Services's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $492 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 local exchange's currency.

Discover Financial Services Annual Data

Nov07Nov08Nov09Nov10Nov11Nov12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 9641,0631,2767652,2272,3452,4702,3232,2972,393
CF_DDA 235231203172246267334369391351
ChangeInWorkingCapital 481,806-109112316237-521-165-7547
CF_DeferredTax -218-262-62113232146322-1100
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Stock Based Compensation 09344374447596000
Cash Flow from Others 1,0101,5732,2453,019533-18531,2501,2411,634
Cash Flow from Operations 2,0384,5043,5984,2183,5983,0413,5173,8263,8544,425

Discover Financial Services Quarterly Data

Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 644404586599612500575616639563
CF_DDA 939595989810084928689
ChangeInWorkingCapital 53-31176-3623675156-531274148
CF_DeferredTax 0000000000
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Stock Based Compensation 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others 265532206265401369343481318492
Cash Flow from Operations 1,0551,0001,0636001,1471,0441,1586581,3171,292
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