cash flow


Definition of cash flow

1 : a measure of an organization's liquidity that usually consists of net income after taxes plus noncash charges against income
2 : a flow of cash especially : one that provides solvency

Examples of cash flow in a Sentence

We were able to maintain a steady cash flow. The company is looking at new ways to generate cash flow.
Recent Examples on the Web The company also posted a small net profit, due to some one-time items and generated a positive free cash flow of about $38 million, a relatively encouraging sign for a startup. Trefis Team, Forbes, "What’s Happening With Li Auto Stock?," 2 Mar. 2021 And that is actually a big threat to publishers that are based on APCs that have to accept so many papers just to keep their cash flow stable. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "The $450 question: Should journals pay peer reviewers?," 1 Mar. 2021 Gannett has also taken several steps in recent months to improve its cash flow. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Gannett beats estimates for its 4Q results amid growing digital subscriptions and lower costs," 25 Feb. 2021 For most of the properties that are cause for concern, owners are still current with debt payments, but factors including lower occupancy levels and falling cash flow have triggered lender action. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "‘Compassionate capitalism’: Lenders are mostly holding off on D-FW commercial foreclosures," 5 Feb. 2021 That’s more than analysts were expecting, prompting them to cut forecasts of profit and free cash flow, a measure that many investors consider even more important than profit. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "Disney’s profits on streaming services is expected to plunge—and investors love it," 14 Dec. 2020 Noom delivered positive cash flow and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization this year, Mr. Noonan said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Weight-Loss Firm Noom Names First CFO," 30 Nov. 2020 According to information presented to potential investors, AbCellera has been cash flow positive every year since inception and has shown an annual revenue growth rate of 100% over the past five years. Riley Griffin,, "Peter Thiel Gets Board Seat at AbCellera as IPO Nears," 19 Nov. 2020 As a result, cash flow -- or the lack of it -- would stress other areas of the budget, such as the General Fund or the roughly $10 million that the city had in cash reserve at the start of the year. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights restructures $13 million in outstanding municipal bond debt," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of cash flow

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Mar 2021

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“Cash flow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cash flow

: the movement of money in and out of a business

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