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3M Co  (FRA:MMM) Cash Flow from Operations: €5,947 Mil (TTM As of Sep. 2017)

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company's normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

For the three months ended in Sep. 2017, 3M Co's Net Income From Continuing Operations was €1,202 Mil. Its Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization was €316 Mil. Its Change In Working Capital was €-206 Mil. Its cash flow from deferred tax was €13 Mil. Its Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations was €0 Mil. Its Stock Based Compensation was €50 Mil. And its Cash Flow from Others was €92 Mil. In all, 3M Co's Cash Flow from Operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €1,468 Mil.

Historical Data

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

3M Co Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Cash Flow from Operations 4,038.71 4,246.30 5,373.88 5,893.69 6,315.29

3M Co Quarterly Data

 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Cash Flow from Operations 1,700.08 2,094.04 923.80 1,461.37 1,468.24

Calculation

Cash flow from operations refers to the cash brought in through a company's normal business operations. It is the cash flow before any investment or financing activities. It is the cash version of net income.

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

 Cash Flow from Operations (A: Dec. 2016 ) = Net Income From Continuing Operations + Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization + Change In Working Capital + Deferred Tax = 4794.76727652 + 1397.28884254 + -6.63570006636 + 6.63570006636 + Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations + Stock Based Compensation + Cash Flow from Others + 0 + 282.491231396 + -159.256801593 = 6,315

3M Co's Cash Flow from Operations for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2017 is

 Cash Flow from Operations (Q: Sep. 2017 ) = Net Income From Continuing Operations + Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization + Change In Working Capital + Deferred Tax = 1202.28207064 + 316.301703163 + -205.554157228 + 12.5849484017 + Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations + Stock Based Compensation + Cash Flow from Others + 0 + 50.3397936068 + 92.2896216126 = 1,468

Cash Flow from Operations for the trailing twelve months (TTM) ended in Sep. 2017 was 2094.03734951 (Dec. 2016 ) + 923.796166433 (Mar. 2017 ) + 1461.3741545 (Jun. 2017 ) + 1468.2439802 (Sep. 2017 ) = €5,947 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 operations contains six items:

1. Net Income From Continuing Operations:
Net Income From Continuing Operations indicates the net income that a firm brings in from ongoing business activities. These activities are expected to continue into the next reporting period. It excludes extraordinary items, income from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, non-recurring items, income from tax loss carry forward, and preferred dividends.

3M Co's net income from continuing operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €1,202 Mil.

2. Depreciation, Depletion and Amortization:
Depreciation is a present expense that accounts for the past cost of an asset that is now providing benefits.
Depletion and amortization are synonyms for depreciation.
Generally:
The term depreciation is used when discussing man made tangible assets
The term depletion is used when discussing natural tangible assets
The term amortization is used when discussing intangible assets

3M Co's depreciation, depletion and amortization for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €316 Mil.

3. Change In Working Capital:
Working Capital is a measure of a company's short term liquidity or its ability to cover short term liabilities. It is defined as the difference between a company's current assets and current liabilities. Changes in Working Capital is reported in the cash flow statement since it is one of the major ways in which net income can differ from operating cash flow.

3M Co's change in working capital for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €-206 Mil. It means 3M Co's working capital declined by €206 Mil from Jun. 2017 to Sep. 2017 .

4. Deferred Tax:
It is the cash flow generated from deferred tax.

3M Co's cash flow from deferred tax for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €13 Mil.

5. Cash Flow from Discontinued Operations:
Cash received by a company that comes from the sale of part of business.

3M Co's cash flow from discontinued operations for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €0 Mil.

6. Stock Based Compensation:
It is a way corporations use stock options to reward employees. It provides executives and employees the opportunity to share in the growth of the company and, if structured properly, can align their interests with the interests of the company's shareholders and investors, without burning the company's cash on hand.

3M Co's stock based compensation for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €50 Mil.

7. Cash Flow from Others:
These are cash differences caused by the change of inventory, accounts payable, accounts receivable etc. For instance, if a company pays its suppliers slower, its cash position will build up faster. If a company receives payments from its customers slower, its account receivables will rise, and its cash position will grow more slowly (or even shrink).

3M Co's cash flow from others for the three months ended in Sep. 2017 was €92 Mil.

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