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General Mills Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities

: $450 Mil (As of May. 2019)
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General Mills's quarterly cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities increased from Nov. 2018 ($532.70 Mil) to Feb. 2019 ($547.10 Mil) but then stayed the same from Feb. 2019 ($547.10 Mil) to May. 2019 ($450.00 Mil).

General Mills's annual cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities declined from May. 2017 ($766.10 Mil) to May. 2018 ($399.00 Mil) but then increased from May. 2018 ($399.00 Mil) to May. 2019 ($450.00 Mil).


General Mills Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities Historical Data

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General Mills Annual Data

May10 May11 May12 May13 May14 May15 May16 May17 May18 May19
Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 334.20 763.70 766.10 399.00 450.00

General Mills Quarterly Data

Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 May17 Aug17 Nov17 Feb18 May18 Aug18 Nov18 Feb19 May19
Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 399.00 432.90 532.70 547.10 450.00

General Mills Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities Calculation

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.

Marketable Securities are very liquid securities that can be converted into cash quickly at a reasonable price.


General Mills  (NYSE:GIS) Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities Explanation

Marketable securities are very liquid as they tend to have maturities of less than one year. Furthermore, the rate at which these securities can be bought or sold has little effect on their prices.

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.


General Mills Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities Explanation


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