oa Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences - Revamping the cash flow statement
|Article Title||Revamping the cash flow statement|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||Meditari : Research Journal of the School of Accounting Sciences|
|Author||B.W. Steyn and W.D. Hamman|
|Publication Date||Jan 2003|
|Pages||181 - 198|
|Keyword(s)||AC 118, Cash flow statement, Cash generated internally, Discretionary utilisation of cash, IAS 7, Investing activities, Maintenance or expansion of operations, Operating activities and Reporting|
In this article, modifications are suggested for the current format of the cash flow statement, which is prescribed by AC 118, in order to address ambiguities and improve comparability. This redefinition of activities, together with the alteration of the layout, leads to a better explanation of the cash-generating function of an enterprise. The authors argue that the separation of the cash flow for the maintenance of the existing resource base and the cash flow for the expansion thereof, is essential information in a model for the prediction of the future cash flow generation of a company. The resultant increase in the accessibility, reliability and utility of cash flow reporting should enhance users' economic decision making and liberalise financial information. The modifications proposed in the article can therefore assist standard setters to improve financial reporting.
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