Nielson Cash Flow - Annual (NYSE:NLSN)

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$40.47 $0.47 (1.15%) NLSN stock closing price Aug 16, 2017 (Closing)

The cash flow statement is one of the reports a publicly traded company like Nielson needs to disclose. While its important to look at the Nielson 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 Nielson 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. Nielson stock analysis shows positive net income cash flow of $507M for 2016. This statement is important because profits alone cannot pay employees, or bills. Cash is required.   Nielson has a positive cash and cash equivalents change of $397M. View details of Nielson cash flows for latest & last ten financial years.

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Nielson Net Income Cash Flow
Depreciation Depletion Amortization Cash-Flow603M574M573M521M520M529M558M1.14B936M
Net Increase (Decrease) in Assets Liabilities64M-38M-192M-48M-233M-97M35M22M70M
Cash From (used in) Discontinued Operations----290M--1M5M14M-19M
Other Adjustments Net122M68M331M-18M224M124M-187M-174M-81M
Nielson Net Cash from (used by) Operating Activities
Increase (Decrease) in Prop Plant And Equipment-67M-127M-163M-130M-132M-177M-178M-139M-224M
Acquisition Disposition of Subsidiaires-251M-216M-320M-314M-164M-118M-38M34M-215M
Increase (Decrease) in Investments---------
Other Cash Inflow (Outflow) from Investment Activities-324M-238M-249M-243M-226M-191M-149M-122M-152M
Nielson Net Cash from (used by) Invesment Activities
Issuance (Purchase) of Equity Shares-337M-565M-363M-11M-1.8B---65M
Issuance (Repayment) of Debt Securities737M648M-54M314M-232M-1.83B-161M247M167M
Increase (Decrease) in Bank & Other Borrowings-160M-116M280M-5M3M-6M-6M-345M272M
Payment of Dividends & Other Cash Distributions-434M-408M-356M-265M---2M--
Other Cash from (used by) Financing Activities-54M-21M-92M50M-69M-212M-94M-173M-7M
Nielson Net Cash from (used by) Financing Activities
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash-9M-52M-67M-21M5M-7M-8M28M-28M
Nielson Net Change in Cash & Cash Equivalents
Cash & Equivalents at Beginning of Year357M273M564M288M319M421M514M467M402M
Cash & Equivalents at Year End754M357M273M564M288M319M421M514M467M
All figures in USD. M: Millions of USD, B: Billions of USD.
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While Nielson stock price history provides the price history of a stock, Nielson stock comparison chart shows the same in comparison to peers, and cash flow statements provide cash position of the company. Common terms used in the statement of cash flows are:
  • Nielson saw an increase in Net Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents from $84M in 2015 to $397M in 2016. Apart from the Nielson stock price, this is one of the things an investor looks for, as it shows the net change in cash on hand for a company, compared to previous period.
  • Cash Flow from operating activities: Operating activities include the core business activities. This line item refers to the cash generated from the same and stood at a positive value of $1.3B for NLSN.
  • Growth companies (typically most tech companies) spend heavily  on investing activities and this figure was negative at $-642M for NLSN 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: Financing activities include the cash that comes into a company in the form of loans or interest earned or shareholders money, as well as the cash that goes out. Nielson earned $214M from financing activities,in the form of repayment of loans or interest paid, dividend pay-out to shareholders etc.

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