The Statement of Cash Flows

Key Points

The following key points are emphasized in this chapter:

  • The structure and format of the statement of cash flows.
  • Cash flows from operating, investing, and financing activities.
  • How the statement of cash flows complements the other financial statements and how it can be used by those interested in the financial condition of a company.
  • Important investing and financing transactions that do not appear on the statement of cash flows and how they are reported.
  • Economic consequences associated with the statement of cash flows.
  • Preparing a statement of cash flows from the information contained in two balance sheets, an income statement, and a statement of shareholders’ equity.

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