Cash flow is the net amount of cash and cash-equivalents being transferred into and out of a business. At the most fundamental level, a company’s ability to create value for shareholders is determined by its ability to generate positive cash flows, or more specifically, maximize long-term free cash flow (FCF).

GLEN Free Cash Flow Analysis

Free cash flow, a measure commonly used by analysts to assess a company's profitability, represents the cash a company generates after accounting for cash outflows to support operations and maintain its capital assets.

The Free Cash Flow is calculated using a number of methods including using Operating Cash Flow. Following is the formula to calculate Free Cash Flow based on Operating Cash Flow.

Free Cash Flow = Operating Cash Flow - Capital Expenditures

Using above formula to calculate Free Cash Flow for Glencore plc (GLEN), the free cash flow value is 5.242B.

All amounts in USD

Operating Cash
8.86B
Capital Expenditure
-3.62B
Free Cash Flow
5.242B

Glencore plc has a positive free cash flow as per the latest annual Cash flow statement released by the company. Positive free cash flow is cruscial for the financial health of a company, which can be used to pay dividends, expand operations, and deleverage its balance sheet (i.e., reduce debt).

GLEN Cash Flow Statement History

Following table shows the history of Cash Flow Statements sheet for Glencore plc (LSE:GLEN).

31 Dec 202131 Dec 202031 Dec 201931 Dec 2018
Net Income4.97B-1.9B-404M3.41B
Depreciation6.87B10.52B7.92B7.36B
Change To Netincome2.15B-1.95B-878M-533M
Change To Account Receivables-5.89B-385M1.21B2.73B
Change To Liabilities6.42B-436M199M-4.95B
Change To Inventory-5.66B-3.19B678M3.54B
Total Cash From Operating Activities8.86B2.66B8.73B11.56B
Capital Expenditures-3.62B-3.57B-4.71B-4.69B
Investments108M13M-6M-3M
Other Cashflows From Investing Activities2.38B1.01B942M95M
Total Cashflows From Investing Activities-541M-2.71B-3.72B-7.29B
Dividends Paid-1.61B-1.61B-2.71B-2.84B
Net Borrowings-2.49B-1.16B-300M1.49B
Other Cashflows From Financing Activities-1.17B837M175M-1.01B
Total Cash From Financing Activities-6.52B-320M-5.15B-4.33B
Effect Of Exchange Rate11M-36M-11M-33M
Change In Cash1.81B-403M-145M-101M
Repurchase Of Stock-746M-746M-2.32B-2B