'Cash Operating Cost' is explained in detail and with examples in the Corporate Finance edition of the Herold Financial Dictionary, which you can get from Amazon in Ebook or Paperback edition.
Cash Operating Cost refers to a cash flow statement which effectively follows all cash types of business expenditures. It is in the first section of a cash flow statement, the operating activities, that keeps all relevant and pertinent information regarding the cash operating costs. Such expenses are derived from the firm’s information on financial accounting. It does not matter if the expense items are variable or fixed.
The cash flow statement merely details the quantity of such cash operating costs as well as if the firm had a cash outflow or inflow over a particular time frame. This section covers a variety of cash expenditures. Among these are payables, assets, and various other current liabilities.
Payables are those things that corporations buy on account. They promise to pay the vendor later on in the arrangement. There are a wide variety of items which will be detailed in this section. Among them are wages, notes, interest, payroll, and any taxes due. Cash utilization happens as a company pays off the prior balance on any such items in the current month period. There will be a single line that refers to the repayment of these types of liabilities in the cash operating costs. Payables accounts increasing mean that cash flow for the firm is decreasing to match. This is because these are money the company has spent.
Assets prove to be among the most significant category of these cash operating costs. This is particularly the case with retail and manufacturing businesses that will be heavy on assets especially. Such assets detailed out here would include inventory, prepaid assets, supplies, accounts receivable, and other forms of current assets. Such items are typically utilized in the day to day business operations. The anticipation is that the various individual groups will not last for over 12 months. For these, the statement of cash flows shows real money which the firm pays for such items. Each particular category will have its own line on the statement along with the aggregate amount the category spend in a particular time frame.
The categories of other current liabilities will be a last section of the cash operating costs. Such items can be revenue that is unearned or various other current liabilities which firms incur in the normal course of business operations. Every item which does not adhere to the above two criterion will be listed out by the accountants in this category section. This includes special and one time items. It allows for the company accountant to make shareholders aware of substantial types of expenses which the normal business operations are costing. Sometime special disclosures will be required to be made to the various stock holders when major cash position reductions occur as a result of them.
Such statements of cash flow are useful for external and internal stake holders in a given corporation alike. The company accountants can also put together various other types of reports to show the cash operating costs for the firm. Such reports would be less formal yet still official. They explain the relevant cost items for the internal stakeholders such as upper level management and the board of directors. So long as the accountant utilize standard accounting processes, any range of statistics and figures could be included in the informational reports. In these cases, they may use whatever format they wish to produce the additional illuminating report.