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Staples, Inc. (NAS:SPLS)
Cash Flow from Operations
$1,108 Mil (TTM As of Jan. 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 Jan. 2014, Staples, Inc.'s Net Income From Continuing Operations was $212 Mil. Its DDA was $116 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was $-174 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was $63 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was $0 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was $16 Mil. In all, Staples, Inc.'s Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $233 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.

Staples, Inc.'s Cash Flow from Operations for the fiscal year that ended in Jan. 2014 is calculated as:

Staples, Inc.'s Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Jan. 2014 is

Staples, Inc. Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Jan. 2014 was 347.569 (Apr. 2013 ) + -0.004 (Jul. 2013 ) + 527.574 (Oct. 2013 ) + 233.147 (Jan. 2014 ) = $1,108 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.

Staples, Inc.'s net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $212 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

Staples, Inc.'s depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $116 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.

Staples, Inc.'s change in working capital for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $-174 Mil. It means Staples, Inc.'s working capital declined by $174 Mil from Oct. 2013 to Jan. 2014 .

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

Staples, Inc.'s cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $63 Mil.

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

Staples, Inc.'s cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Jan. 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).

Staples, Inc.'s cash flow from others for the three months ended in Jan. 2014 was $16 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.

Staples, Inc. Annual Data

Jan05Jan06Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 665784974996814757889984-211620
CF_DDA 279304339389549552499482487458
ChangeInWorkingCapital 93120-215-174-61716-266-51-188-230
CF_DeferredTax 15-96-65-933-901737112105
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others 86871321603501491521541,019155
Cash Flow from Operations 1,1381,1991,1651,3611,6862,0841,4461,5761,2191,108

Staples, Inc. Quarterly Data

Oct11Jan12Apr12Jul12Oct12Jan13Apr13Jul13Oct13Jan14
NetIncomeFromContinuingOperations 326984187120-59678170103135212
CF_DDA 116121117115131125114115113116
ChangeInWorkingCapital 233178-200-149202-4131-244157-174
CF_DeferredTax 73-12111-26043882763
Cash Flow from Disc. Op. 0000000000
Cash Flow from Others 45-682332684211925199616
Cash Flow from Operations 793481147110639324348-0528233
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