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Alphabet Inc (NAS:GOOG)
Cash Flow from Investing
$-27,771 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, Alphabet Inc spent $2,508 Mil on purchasing property, plant, equipment. It gained $41 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment. It spent $101 Mil on purchasing business. It gained $0 Mil from selling business. It spent $20,473 Mil on purchasing investments. It gained $19,440 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 $750 Mil from other investing activities. In all, Alphabet Inc spent $2,851 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.

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

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

Alphabet Inc Cash Flow from Investing for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Mar. 2017 was -7173 (Jun. 2016 ) + -13045 (Sep. 2016 ) + -4702 (Dec. 2016 ) + -2851 (Mar. 2017 ) = $-27,771 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.

Alphabet Inc's purchase of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-2,508 Mil. It means Alphabet Inc spent $2,508 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.

Alphabet Inc's sale of property, plant, equipment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $41 Mil. It means Alphabet Inc gained $41 Mil from selling property, plant, and equipment.

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

Alphabet Inc's purchase of business for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-101 Mil. It means Alphabet Inc spent $101 Mil on purchasing business.

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

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

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

Alphabet Inc's purchase of investment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $-20,473 Mil. It means Alphabet Inc spent $20,473 Mil on purchasing investments.

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

Alphabet Inc's sale of investment for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $19,440 Mil. It means Alphabet Inc gained $19,440 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.

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

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

Alphabet Inc's cash from other investing activities for the three months ended in Mar. 2017 was $750 Mil. It means Alphabet Inc received $750 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.

Alphabet Inc Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
PurchaseOfPPE -2,403-2,358-810-4,018-3,438-3,273-7,358-11,014-9,950-10,212
SaleOfPPE 00000005535240
PurchaseOfBusiness -907-3,320-108-1,067-1,900-10,568-1,448-4,888-236-986
SaleOfBusiness 0000002,52538600
PurchaseOfInvestment -16,032-15,403-29,204-45,055-62,100-34,106-46,013-57,750-76,694-85,618
SaleOfInvestment 15,65915,76322,10337,09948,74635,18038,31451,52863,05967,389
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities 0002,361-349-28930162875-1,978
Cash Flow from Investing -3,682-5,319-8,019-10,680-19,041-13,056-13,679-21,055-23,711-31,165

Alphabet Inc Quarterly Data

Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16Mar17
PurchaseOfPPE -3,606-2,927-2,515-2,406-2,102-2,428-2,123-2,583-3,078-2,508
SaleOfPPE 000001600041
PurchaseOfBusiness -256-64-78-1028-34-38-252-662-101
SaleOfBusiness 0000000000
PurchaseOfInvestment -14,022-13,632-20,943-23,413-18,706-21,069-25,102-25,461-13,986-20,473
SaleOfInvestment 14,87810,38917,19719,27416,19917,44320,34616,59013,01019,440
NetIntangiblesPurchaseAndSale 0000000000
CashFromDiscontinuedInvestingActivities 0000000000
CashFromOtherInvestingActivities -235-1,0701,236830-886-173-256-1,33914750
Cash Flow from Investing -3,241-7,304-5,103-5,817-5,487-6,245-7,173-13,045-4,702-2,851
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