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Eaton Corp PLC (NYSE:ETN)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-599 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, Eaton Corp PLC spent $116 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $0 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $0 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $0 Mil from selling business. It spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $0 Mil from selling investments. It paid $0 Mil for net Intangibles purchase and sale. It paid $0 Mil for discontinued investing activities. And it paid $113 Mil for other investing activities. In all, Eaton Corp PLC spent $229 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.

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

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

Eaton Corp PLC Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was -45 (Jun. 2016 ) + -167 (Sep. 2016 ) + -158 (Dec. 2016 ) + -229 (Mar. 2017 ) = $-599 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.

Eaton Corp PLC's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-116 Mil. It means Eaton Corp PLC spent $116 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.

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

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

Eaton Corp PLC's purchase of business for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $0 Mil. It means Eaton Corp PLC spent $0 Mil on purchasing business.

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

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

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

Eaton Corp PLC's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $0 Mil. It means Eaton Corp PLC spent $0 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

Eaton Corp PLC's sale of investment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $0 Mil. It means Eaton Corp PLC gained $0 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.

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

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

Eaton Corp PLC's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-113 Mil. It means Eaton Corp PLC paid $113 Mil for 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.

Eaton Corp PLC Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
PurchaseOfPPE -354-448-195-394-568-593-614-632-506-497
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness -1,433-2,807-10-222-325-6,936-9000
SaleOfBusiness 1192524015377728210
PurchaseOfInvestment 00-640000000
SaleOfInvestment 24710000000000
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -39-6020-39678554-356493-70-32
Cash Flow from Investing -1,460-3,190-225-1,012-800-6,972-202143-575-529

Eaton Corp PLC Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
PurchaseOfPPE -254-105-141-122-138-111-135-100-151-116
SaleOfPPE 0000000000
PurchaseOfBusiness 0000000000
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment 0000000000
SaleOfInvestment 0000000000
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 10452-13-44-64-4890-67-7-113
Cash Flow from Investing -150-53-154-166-202-159-45-167-158-229
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