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 This lab will explore the simplest and most overlooked strategy to increase sales and cash flow — raise your rates! Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 June 2022 Value stocks tend to get passed over by investors during bull markets for high-flying growth and technology shares, resulting in their becoming undervalued relative to their balance sheets, earnings growth, and cash flow. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 9 June 2022 Companies like Alphabet or Salesforce generate billions of dollars of free cash flow and post robust revenues. Steven Dudash, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Retailers normally would also need to purchase goods in advance where unsold goods can affect a company’s cash flow and storage being an issue. Tiffany Lung, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The acquisition of Aircraft Wheel & Brake will expand the breadth of Kaman’s product offerings, increasing its exposure to attractive markets and driving greater profitability and cash flow, Kaman said. Stephen Singer, Hartford Courant, 23 May 2022 Make sure a company has a strong market presence and a promising future, with not too much debt and ample revenue and cash flow, plus solid management. Larry Light, Fortune, 11 May 2022 So far, Musk has arranged with a consortium of nine banks, led by Morgan Stanley, to borrow $13 billion secured by the assets and cash flow of Twitter itself — a common financing technique in the buyout world. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Moody’s Investors Service cut its credit rating of Carvana this week to triple-C, one of the lowest rungs on the junk-debt ratings ladder, citing persistent lack of profitability, negative cash flow and corporate-governance risk. Matt Wirz, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cash flow

1954, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cash flow was in 1954

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3 Jul 2022

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“Cash flow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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