The net income as shown on the income statement – i.e. the accrual-based “bottom line” – can therefore be a misleading depiction of what is actually occurring to the company’s cash and profitability. Under U.S. GAAP, interest paid and received are always treated as operating cash flows. While each company will have its own unique line items, the general setup is usually the same.

Assume your specialty bakery makes gourmet cupcakes and has been operating out of rented facilities in the past. You owned a piece of land that you had planned to someday use to build a sales storefront. This year your company decided to sell the land and instead buy a building, resulting in the following transactions. © 2023 KPMG LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership and a member firm of the KPMG global organization of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Limited, a private English company limited by guarantee. In closing, the completed interest expense schedule from our modeling exercise illustrates the reduction in annual interest expense by $20 million year-over-year (YoY) from 2022 to 2023, respectively.

Structure of the Cash Flow Statement

Analyzing changes in cash flow from one period to the next gives the investor a better idea of how the company is performing, and whether a company may be on the brink of bankruptcy or success. The CFS should also be considered in unison with the other two financial statements (see below). The operating activities on the CFS include any sources and uses of cash from business activities. In other words, it reflects how much cash is generated from a company’s products or services.

To reconcile net income to cash flow from operating activities, subtract decreases in current liabilities. To summarize other linkages between a firm’s balance sheet and cash flow from financing activities, changes in long-term debt can be found on the balance sheet, as well as notes to the financial statements. Dividends paid can be calculated from taking the beginning balance of retained earnings from the balance sheet, adding net income, and subtracting out the ending value of retained earnings on the balance sheet. This equals dividends paid during the year, which is found on the cash flow statement under financing activities. The first is the direct method which shows the actual cash flows from operating activities – for example, the receipts from customers and the payments to suppliers and staff.

Direct vs. indirect cash flow accounting

Examples of investing cash flows include the cash outflow on buying property plant and equipment, the sale proceeds on the disposal of non-current assets and any cash returns received arising from investments. ABC Co. will add $200,000 back to its net profits under cash flows from operating activities. On the other hand, it will include cash outflows of $250,000 under interest paid. A company, ABC Co., has an interest expense of $200,000 on its income statement. Its balance sheet reports opening and closing interest payables as $150,000 and $100,000, respectively.

An overriding test for cash equivalents is that they are held for the purpose of meeting short-term cash commitments rather than for investing or other purposes – i.e. the ‘purpose test’. For most people, mortgage interest is the single-biggest category of interest expense over their lifetimes as interest can total tens of thousands of dollars over the life of a mortgage as illustrated by online calculators. Our hypothetical company’s annual interest expense is forecasted as $990k in 2022, followed by an interest expense of $970k in 2023.

Indirect Method Presentation

The sole noncash expense on Propensity Company’s income statement, which must be added back, is the depreciation expense of $14,400. On Propensity’s statement of cash flows, this amount is shown in the Cash Flows from Operating Activities section as an adjustment to reconcile net income to net cash flow from operating activities. IAS 7 Statement of Cash Flows requires an entity to present a statement of cash flows as an integral part of its primary financial statements.

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For example, in the Propensity Company example, there was a decrease in cash for the period relating to a simple purchase of new plant assets, in the amount of $40,000. For Propensity Company, beginning with net income of $4,340, and reflecting adjustments of $9,500, delivers a net cash flow from operating activities of $13,840. Investing net cash flow includes cash received and cash paid relating to long-term assets.

Income tax deductibility (tax shield)

Decreases in current assets indicate lower net income compared to cash flows from (1) prepaid assets and (2) accrued revenues. For decreases in prepaid assets, using up these assets shifts these costs that were recorded as assets over to current period expenses that then reduce net income for the period. Thus, cash from operating activities must be increased to reflect the fact that these expenses reduced net income on the income statement, but cash was not paid this period.

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With the indirect method, cash flow is calculated by adjusting net income by adding or subtracting differences resulting from non-cash transactions. Non-cash items show up in the changes to a company’s assets and liabilities on the balance sheet from one period to the next. Therefore, the accountant will identify any increases and decreases to asset and liability accounts that need to be added back to or removed from the net income figure, in order to identify an accurate cash inflow or outflow. The operating activities section of your company’s cash flow statement determines whether the net profit or loss reported on your income statement has increased or decreased the amount of your company’s cash flow. Cash flows from investing activities always relate to long-term asset transactions and may involve increases or decreases in cash relating to these transactions. The most common of these activities involve purchase or sale of property, plant, and equipment, but other activities, such as those involving investment assets and notes receivable, also represent cash flows from investing.

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