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NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG)
Cash Flow from Operations
$1,561 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, NRG Energy Inc's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $182 Mil. Its DDA was $418 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $-297 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $439 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $2 Mil. In all, NRG Energy Inc's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $744 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.

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

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

NRG Energy Inc Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2014 was 447 (Dec. 2013 ) + 391 (Mar. 2014 ) + -21 (Jun. 2014 ) + 744 (Sep. 2014 ) = $1,561 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.

NRG Energy Inc's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $182 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

NRG Energy Inc's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $418 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.

NRG Energy Inc's change in working capital for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $-297 Mil. It means NRG Energy Inc's working capital declined by $297 Mil from Jun. 2014 to Sep. 2014 .

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

NRG Energy Inc's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $439 Mil.

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

NRG 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).

NRG Energy Inc's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Sep. 2014 was $2 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.

NRG Energy Inc Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 186846215861,225941476197315-352
CF_DDA 3092382576484181,0078421,1021,1351,341
ChangeInWorkingCapital 81-71979198-403-36-1348-527
CF_DeferredTax 5723273527626890000
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 00004300000
Cash Flow from Others 18-219-992-103-1,167-128341-120-349808
Cash Flow from Operations 651984101,4921,4792,1061,6231,1661,1491,270

NRG Energy Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 2598254-331131138-290-67-80182
CF_DDA 283279295344416289292359404418
ChangeInWorkingCapital 82133-4-39-42648-11065-129-297
CF_DeferredTax 000-215-92630-111-403439
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others 3753-454117-661635551451872
Cash Flow from Operations 66147391-12446901447391-21744
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