FREE CASH FLOW AVAILABLE TO NEWS CORPORATION
Free cash flow available to News Corporation is a non-GAAP financial measure defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures, and REA Group Limited (“REA Group”) free cash flow, plus cash dividends received from REA Group.
The Company considers free cash flow available to News Corporation to provide useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after capital expenditures, which can then be used for strategic opportunities including, among others, investing in the Company’s business, acquisitions, strengthening the Company’s balance sheet, dividend payouts and repurchasing stock. A limitation of free cash flow available to News Corporation is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance for the period. Management compensates for the limitation of free cash flow available to News Corporation by also relying on the net change in cash and cash equivalents as presented in the Company’s consolidated and combined statements of cash flows prepared in accordance with GAAP which incorporates all cash movements during the period.
The following table presents a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow available to News Corporation:
For the six months ended
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||407||$||5|
|Less: Capital expenditures||(147||)||(141||)|
|Less: REA Group free cash flow||(62||)||(57||)|
|Plus: Cash dividends received from REA Group||19||17|
|Free cash flow available to News Corporation||$||217||$||(176||)|