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Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV)
Cash Flow from Operations
$2,900 Mil (TTM As of Dec. 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 Dec. 2014, Southwest Airlines Co's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $190 Mil. Its DDA was $251 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $-313 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $28 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $47 Mil. In all, Southwest Airlines Co's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $203 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.

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

Southwest Airlines Co's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 is

Southwest Airlines Co Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Dec. 2014 was 1119 (Mar. 2014 ) + 1338 (Jun. 2014 ) + 240 (Sep. 2014 ) + 203 (Dec. 2014 ) = $2,900 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.

Southwest Airlines Co's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $190 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

Southwest Airlines Co's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 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.

Southwest Airlines Co's change in working capital for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $-313 Mil. It means Southwest Airlines Co's working capital declined by $313 Mil from Sep. 2014 to Dec. 2014 .

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

Southwest Airlines Co's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $28 Mil.

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

Southwest Airlines Co's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Dec. 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).

Southwest Airlines Co's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Dec. 2014 was $47 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.

Southwest Airlines Co Annual Data

Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 484499645178994591784217541,136
CF_DDA 469515555599616628715844867938
ChangeInWorkingCapital 90791,473-2,25615357798737811325
CF_DeferredTax 291277328567213312325150501
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -33106-193-11633-236242-189-52
Cash Flow from Operations 2,1181,4062,845-1,5219851,5611,3562,0642,4772,902

Southwest Airlines Co Quarterly Data

Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14Dec14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 167859224259212152465329190
CF_DDA 217224210213221224221228238251
ChangeInWorkingCapital 168-176733265-23-164731369-756-313
CF_DeferredTax 8213122129-29228139228
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -19-26-2155-5819-77-53747
Cash Flow from Operations 4642319837784282891,1191,338240203
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