Analyzing Amazon

The incredible growth of Amazon.com has put fear into the hearts of traditional retailers. Amazon’s stock price has soared to amazing levels. However, it is often pointed out in the financial press that it took the company several years to report its first profit.

Calculate free cash flow for Amazon for the current and prior years.

Evaluate its ability to finance expansion from internally generated cash.

 

Describe how your impression of its ability to finance expansion change.
Project any potential implications of the change in Amazon’s cash provided by operations from the prior year to the current year.

Financial Information

$ in Millions

Current Year

Prior Year

Current assets

$31,327

$24, 625

Total assets

54,505

40,159

Current liabilities

28,089

22,980

Total liabilities

43,764

30,413

Cash provided by operations

6,842

5,475

Capital expeditures

4,893

3,444

Dividends paid

Net income (loss)

(241)

274

Sales

88,988

74,452

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