CenterPoint Energy Cash Flow - Annual (NYSE:CNP)

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$28.22 $0.09 (0.32%) CNP stock closing price Aug 13, 2018 (Closing)

The CenterPoint Energy cash flow statement is one of the important reports considered by investors doing a fundamental analysis of the company. While its important to look at the CenterPoint Energy debt position, the cash flow statement becomes equally important because public companies use accrual accounting. For example, if a company sells a product which gets counted as CenterPoint Energy revenue but does not convert to cash because it does not receive payment in the same quarter, it affects the cash position for that period. CenterPoint Energy cash flow analysis is possible because this statement breaks down how balance sheet accounts and income statement items affect cash and cash equivalents. CenterPoint Energy had cash and cash equivalents of $341M at the beginning of the year and $260M at year end for 2017. CenterPoint Energy has a negative cash and cash equivalents change of $-81M.

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Fiscal year is Jan - Dec2017201620152014201320122011201020092008
Net Income Cash Flow
Depreciation Depletion Amortization Cash-Flow1.06B1.15B997M1.04B984M1.08B916M891M780M736M
Net Increase (Decrease) in Assets Liabilities-232M185M222M-380M122M53M101M-122M387M-633M
Cash From (used in) Discontinued Operations----------
Other Adjustments Net-1.2B159M1.34B125M196M308M-486M175M302M301M
Net Cash from (used by) Operating Activities
Increase (Decrease) in Prop Plant And Equipment-1.43B-1.41B-1.58B-1.37B-1.29B-1.21B-1.3B-1.51B-1.16B-1.02B
Acquisition Disposition of Subsidiaires-132M-102M----360M----
Increase (Decrease) in Investments--185M32M-1M9M-5M-12M-18M234M-381M
Other Cash Inflow (Outflow) from Investment Activities301M655M165M-11M-23M-26M109M107M30M33M
Net Cash from (used by) Investment Activities
Issuance (Purchase) of Equity Shares---1M4M4M6M416M504M80M
Issuance (Repayment) of Debt Securities-115M-618M-444M63M-523M905M-359M-783M-498M825M
Increase (Decrease) in Bank & Other Borrowings353M464M390M424M123M-309M111M181M-98M-79M
Payment of Dividends & Other Cash Distributions-461M-621M-458M-408M-355M-346M-337M-319M-276M-246M
Other Cash from (used by) Financing Activities-22M-30M--3M--85M-82M-2M-4M-25M
Net Cash from (used by) Financing Activities
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash----------
Net Change in Cash & Cash Equivalents
Cash & Equivalents at Beginning of Year341M264M298M208M646M220M199M740M167M129M
Cash & Equivalents at Year End260M341M264M298M208M646M220M199M740M167M
All figures in USD. M: Millions of USD, B: Billions of USD.
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The statement of cash flows can be categorized into three main sections:

  • CenterPoint Energy had a Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents of $-81M for the latest year 2017. If a firm is able to grow its cash, it is considered to be a positive signal and could lead to a jump in the CenterPoint Energy stock price, albeit too much cash on hand can imply the company has no or limited avenues for growth in which to invest this cash.
  • The cash generated from the core business or operations was a positive at $1.42B for CenterPoint Energy in the latest 2017. For an internet company, this would include all those activities which are involved in eventually selling advertisement space on its website or any online service.
  • Growth companies, typically most tech companies; spend heavily on investing activities and this figure stood at $-1.26B for CNP stock. Sometimes a company might have a negative overall cash flow which may not be really bad if it is due to investment expenses. Hence it is important to check the cash flow from investment activities.
  • Cash Flow from financing activities: The cash inflow/outflow from financing activities was $-245M for CenterPoint Energy. The money accounted for under this head comes from external sources which includes lenders, investors and shareholders. Positive cash flow is generated when the company gets cash because of issuance of stocks or bonds. Similarly negative cash flow is generated when shares are repurchased, dividend payments are made, and loans or interest on loans are paid back.

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