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Rio Tinto PLC (NYSE:RIO)
Cash Flow from Operations
$15,078 Mil (TTM As of Jun. 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 six months ended in Jun. 2014, Rio Tinto PLC's Net Income From Continuing Operations was $4,285 Mil. Its DDA was $2,258 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $-597 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 $-490 Mil. In all, Rio Tinto PLC's Cash Flow from Operations for the six months ended in Jun. 2014 was $5,456 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.

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

Rio Tinto PLC's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Jun. 2014 is

For company reported semi-annually, GuruFocus uses latest annual data as the TTM data. Rio Tinto PLC Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jun. 2014 was $15,078 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.

Rio Tinto PLC's net income from continuing operations for the six months ended in Jun. 2014 was $4,285 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

Rio Tinto PLC's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the six months ended in Jun. 2014 was $2,258 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.

Rio Tinto PLC's change in working capital for the six months ended in Jun. 2014 was $-597 Mil. It means Rio Tinto PLC's working capital declined by $597 Mil from Dec. 2013 to Jun. 2014 .

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

Rio Tinto PLC's cash flow from deferred tax for the six months ended in Jun. 2014 was $0 Mil.

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

Rio Tinto PLC's cash flow from discontinued operations for the six months ended in Jun. 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).

Rio Tinto PLC's cash flow from others for the six months ended in Jun. 2014 was $-490 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.

Rio Tinto PLC Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 3,2445,4987,8677,7465,4365,78415,2816,800-3,0201,079
CF_DDA 1,1711,3341,4692,1153,4753,4273,4373,9724,6244,791
ChangeInWorkingCapital -64-465-732120431991-4383093839
CF_DeferredTax 0000000000
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others -971576-801-1,4905,541-9903,8469,4337,7338,369
Cash Flow from Operations 3,3806,9437,8038,49114,8839,21222,12620,2359,43015,078

Rio Tinto PLC Semi-Annual Data

Dec09Jun10Dec10Jun11Dec11Jun12Dec12Jun13Dec13Jun14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 3,4326,3398,942006,092-9,1121,685-6064,285
CF_DDA 1,8681,6121,8251,8372,1352,1272,4972,2812,5102,258
ChangeInWorkingCapital 626-755317-646676-863956-4571,296-597
CF_DeferredTax 0000000000
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others 322-213,8677,4658,768-3,99311,7262,0086,361-490
Cash Flow from Operations 6,2487,17514,9518,65611,5793,3636,0675,5179,5615,456
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