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JC Penney Co Inc (NYSE:JCP)
Cash and Cash Equivalents
$900 Mil (As of Jan. 2016)

JC Penney Co Inc's quarterly cash and cash equivalents declined from Jul. 2015 ($973.00 Mil) to Oct. 2015 ($638.00 Mil) but then increased from Oct. 2015 ($638.00 Mil) to Jan. 2016 ($900.00 Mil).

JC Penney Co Inc's annual cash and cash equivalents declined from Jan. 2014 ($1,515.00 Mil) to Jan. 2015 ($1,318.00 Mil) and declined from Jan. 2015 ($1,318.00 Mil) to Jan. 2016 ($900.00 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 own currency.

JC Penney Co Inc Annual Data

Jan07Jan08Jan09Jan10Jan11Jan12Jan13Jan14Jan15Jan16
CashAndCashEquivalents 1191192,3523,0112,6221,5079301,5151,318900

JC Penney Co Inc Quarterly Data

Jan14Apr14Jul14Oct14Jan15Apr15Jul15Oct15Jan16Apr16
CashAndCashEquivalents 1,5151,1701,0366841,3181,044973638900415
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