A company with a net income of $55,000 is looking to compile its operating cash flows for the period using the indirect method. Over the course of the year, the company saw $8,000 in depreciation, an increase in deferred tax assets of $750, increase in accounts receivables of $850, increase in inventories by $350, and an increase in accounts payables of $350. What is the company’s operating cash flow for the year?
The trick to solving this sort of problem is to visualize how each adjustment changes the company’s cash for the year. An increase in AR means that the company is not receiving cash from its customers for revenues, and therefore reduces cash flows from what is reported in net income. The total calculation is as follows:
Net Income + Depreciation – Inc DTA – Inc AR – Inc Inv + Inc AP