NET CASH FLOW equals cash receipts minus cash payments over a given period of time; or equivalently, net profit plus amounts charged off for depreciation, depletion, and amortization. Also called cash flow. Net cash flow is a measure of a companys financial health. When the term is used, it should be supplemented by a qualifier (for example, "Equity" or "Invested Capital") and a definition of exactly what it means in the given valuation context.
SUSTAINING CAPITAL REINVESTMENT is the periodic capital outlay required to maintain operations at existing levels, net of the tax shield available from such outlays.
FUTURES CONTRACT is an agreement to buy or sell a specific amount of a commodity or financial instrument at a specified price on a specified future date. Futures contracts are traded on a commodity exchange and used both for speculation and hedging.
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