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Brady Corp (NYSE:BRC)
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$125 Mil (As of Jan. 2017)

Brady Corp's quarterly cash and cash equivalents increased from Jul. 2016 ($141.23 Mil) to Oct. 2016 ($166.30 Mil) but then declined from Oct. 2016 ($166.30 Mil) to Jan. 2017 ($125.21 Mil).

Brady Corp's annual cash and cash equivalents increased from Jul. 2014 ($81.83 Mil) to Jul. 2015 ($114.49 Mil) and increased from Jul. 2015 ($114.49 Mil) to Jul. 2016 ($141.23 Mil).


Definition

Cash and cash equivalents are the most liquid assets on the balance sheet. Cash equivalents are assets that are readily convertible into cash, such as money market holdings, short-term government bonds or Treasury bills, marketable securities and commercial paper.


Explanation

A high number means either:

1) The company has competitive advantage generating lots of cash

2) Just sold a business or bonds (not necessarily good)

A low stockpile of cash usually means poor to mediocre economics.

There are 3 ways to create large cash reserve.

1) Sell new bonds or equity to public

2) Sell business or asset

3) It has an ongoing business generating more cash than it burns (usually means durable competitive advantage)

When a company is suffering a short term problem, Buffett looks at cash or marketable securities to see whether it has the financial strength to ride it out.

Important: Lots of cash and marketable securities + little debt = good chance that the business will sail on through tough times.

Test to see what is creating cash by looking at past 7 yrs of balance sheets. This will reveal how the cash was created.


Related Terms

Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities, Marketable Securities


Historical Data

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

Brady Corp Annual Data

Jul07Jul08Jul09Jul10Jul11Jul12Jul13Jul14Jul15Jul16
CashAndCashEquivalents 1432581883153903069182114141

Brady Corp Quarterly Data

Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16Jul16Oct16Jan17
CashAndCashEquivalents 11693100114111120142141166125
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