Switch to:
GuruFocus has detected 4 Warning Signs with Allstate Corp $ALL.
More than 500,000 people have already joined GuruFocus to track the stocks they follow and exchange investment ideas.
Allstate Corp (NYSE:ALL)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-2,902 Mil (TTM As of Mar. 2017)

Cash Flow from Investing covers the cash a company gains or spends from investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries. It also includes the cash the company used for property, plant and equipment (PPE).

For the three months ended in Mar. 2017, Allstate Corp spent $74 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $1,356 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $0 Mil from selling business. It spent $11,670 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $11,121 Mil from selling investments. It paid $0 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it received $1,699 Mil from other investing activities. In all, Allstate Corp spent $280 Mil on investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries for the three months ended in Mar. 2017.


Definition

Cash Flow from Investing covers the cash a company gains or spends from investment activities in financial market and operating subsidiaries. It also includes the cash the company used for property, plant and equipment (PPE).

If a company spends cash on property, plant and equipment (PPE), this will reduce their cash position. This is called Capital Expenditures (CPEX).

Likewise, if a company buys another company for cash, this will reduce their cash position.

Allstate Corp's Cash Flow from Investing for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as:

Allstate Corp's Cash Flow from Investing for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2017 is calculated as:

Allstate Corp Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was 80 (Jun. 2016 ) + -834 (Sep. 2016 ) + -1868 (Dec. 2016 ) + -280 (Mar. 2017 ) = $-2,902 Mil.

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


Explanation

Cash flow from investing contains nine items:

1. Purchase Of Property, Plant, Equipment:
Purchase of PPE indicates the amount used to purchase property, plant, and equipment.

Allstate Corp's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-74 Mil. It means Allstate Corp spent $74 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment.

In the capital spending for property, plant and equipment (PPE), some part of spending may be from the expansion of business. The business needs more property, plant and equipment (PPE) as it grows. Another part may be from replacement of the property, plant and equipment (PPE) of existing business. For some companies, the cash spent on replacing of the property, plant and equipment (PPE) of the existing business will be close to the depreciation of property, plant and equipment (PPE) reported in the income statement.

In Warren Buffett’s definition of “Owner’s Earnings”, he deducts the estimate of the cost of replacing the property, plant and equipment (PPE) of the existing business from cash flow from operations. The cash spent on the new property, plant, and equipment is not deducted. The reason is because these are not costs of the existing business. In his 1986 letter to shareholders, Warren Buffett wrote this about owner earnings:

"These represent (a) reported earnings plus (b) depreciation, depletion, amortization, and certain other non-cash charges...less (c) the average annual amount of capitalized expenditures for plant and equipment, etc. that the business requires to fully maintain its long-term competitive position and its unit volume....Our owner-earnings equation does not yield the deceptively precise figures provided by GAAP, since (c) must be a guess - and one sometimes very difficult to make. Despite this problem, we consider the owner earnings figure, not the GAAP figure, to be the relevant item for valuation purposes...All of this points up the absurdity of the 'cash flow' numbers that are often set forth in Wall Street reports. These numbers routinely include (a) plus (b) - but do not subtract (c)."

2. Sale Of Property, Plant, Equipment:
Sale of PPE indicates the amount gained from selling property, plant, and equipment.

Allstate Corp's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $0 Mil. It means Allstate Corp gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

3. Purchase Of Business:
Purchase of business indicates the amount used to purchase business.

Allstate Corp's purchase of business for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-1,356 Mil. It means Allstate Corp spent $1,356 Mil on purchasing business.

4. Sale Of Business:
Sale of business indicates the amount gained from selling business.

Allstate Corp's sale of business for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $0 Mil. It means Allstate Corp gained $0 Mil from selling business.

5. Purchase Of Investment:
Purchase of Investments represents cash outflow on the purchase of investments in securities.

Allstate Corp's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-11,670 Mil. It means Allstate Corp spent $11,670 Mil on purchasing investments.

6. Sale Of Investment:
Sale of Investments represents cash inflow on the sale of investments in securities.

Allstate Corp's sale of investment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $11,121 Mil. It means Allstate Corp gained $11,121 Mil from selling investments.

7. Net Intangibles Purchase And Sale:
Net Intangibles purchase and sale means the net cash inflow received by a company that comes from the purchase and sale of intangibles. It equals the cash received from sale of intangibles minus the cash spent on purchasing intangibles.

Allstate Corp's net Intangibles purchase and sale for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $0 Mil. It means Allstate Corp paid $0 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale.

8. Cash From Discontinued Investing Activities:
Cash from discontinued investing activities means the cash received by a company that comes from the discontinued investing activities.

Allstate Corp's cash from discontinued investing activities for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $0 Mil. It means Allstate Corp paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities.

9. Cash From Other Investing Activities:
Cash from other investing activities means the cash received by a company that comes from other investing activities.

Allstate Corp's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $1,699 Mil. It means Allstate Corp received $1,699 Mil from other investing activities.


Related Terms

Cash Flow from Operations, Cash Flow from Financing, Cash Flow for Capital Expenditures, Purchase of PPE, Sale of PPE, Purchase of Business, Sale of Business, Purchase of Investment, Sale of Investment, Net Intangibles Purchase And Sale, Cash From Discontinued Investing, Cash From Other Investing


Historical Data

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

Allstate Corp Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
PurchaseOfPPE -274-291-189-162-246-285-207-288-303-313
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 0-1,102-7847-91600000
SaleOfBusiness 0371127000000
PurchaseOfInvestment -39,377-32,822-39,257-31,351-31,620-25,518-30,160-7,813-7,205-8,285
SaleOfInvestment 40,86337,00940,79633,14037,68627,45831,7958,4118,0608,714
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -1,3276232,8626911,257-741521,311190-2,642
Cash Flow from Investing -1153,7883,4402,3326,1611,5811,5801,621742-2,526

Allstate Corp Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
PurchaseOfPPE -81-59-74-86-84-52-68-70-123-74
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 000000000-1,356
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment 28,589-10,940-8,543-8,35620,634-7,657-9,114-11,42619,912-11,670
SaleOfInvestment -28,82112,2219,0088,730-21,8999,1468,7439,863-19,03811,121
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -50-149-410-247996-1,341519799-2,6191,699
Cash Flow from Investing -3631,073-1941-3539680-834-1,868-280
Get WordPress Plugins for easy affiliate links on Stock Tickers and Guru Names | Earn affiliate commissions by embedding GuruFocus Charts
GuruFocus Affiliate Program: Earn up to $400 per referral. ( Learn More)

GF Chat

FEEDBACK