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).

ULVR 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 Unilever PLC (ULVR), the free cash flow value is 6.864B.

All amounts in EUR

Operating Cash
Capital Expenditure
Free Cash Flow

Unilever 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).

ULVR Cash Flow Statement History

Following table shows the history of Cash Flow Statements sheet for Unilever PLC (LSE:ULVR).

31 Dec 202131 Dec 202031 Dec 201931 Dec 2018
Net Income6.05B5.58B5.62B9.37B
Change To Netincome224M779M529M-3.27B
Change To Account Receivables-307M1.12B-445M-1.3B
Change To Liabilities718M142M123M976M
Change To Inventory-458M-587M313M-471M
Total Cash From Operating Activities7.97B9.06B8.11B7.32B
Capital Expenditures-1.11B-863M-1.32B-1.33B
Other Cashflows From Investing Activities333M357M310M264M
Total Cashflows From Investing Activities-3.25B-1.48B-2.24B4.64B
Dividends Paid-4.48B-4.28B-4.21B-4.07B
Net Borrowings1.39B-181M901M-506M
Other Cashflows From Financing Activities-988M-1.34B-1.16B-1.26B
Total Cash From Financing Activities-7.1B-5.8B-4.67B-12.11B
Effect Of Exchange Rate285M-414M-179M72M
Change In Cash-2.09B1.36B1.03B-79M
Repurchase Of Stock-3.02B-3.02B-201M-6.28B