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AS 3 – Cash Flow Statements

Updated on: May 4th, 2021


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Let’s understand in detail about AS 3 Cash Flow Statements:

Applicability of AS 3 Cash Flow Statements

The applicability of Cash flow statement has been defined under the Companies Act, 2013. As per the definition in the act, a financial statement includes the following:

  • Balance sheet
  • Profit and loss account / Income and expenditure account
  • Cash flow statement
  • Statement of changes in equity
  • Explanatory notesThus, cash flow statements are to be prepared by all companies but the act also specifies a certain category of companies which are exempted from preparing the same. Such companies are One Person Company (OPC), Small Company and Dormant Company.

♦ OPC means a company which has only one single person as its member.

♦ A Small Company is a private company with a maximum paid up capital of Rs. 50 lakhs and a maximum turnover of Rs. 2 crores.

♦ A Dormant Company is an inactive company which is formed for some future projects or only to hold an asset and has no significant transactions.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash equivalents are held by an enterprise for meeting its short-term cash commitments instead of the purpose of investment or such other purposes. For investments to qualify as cash equivalents:

  • An investment must be easily convertible into cash and
  • Must be subject to a very low level of risk with respect to changes in its valueHence, an investment would qualify to be a cash equivalent only when such an investment has a short maturity of three months or less from its acquisition date. AS 3 Cash Flow Statements states that cash flows should exclude the movements between items which forms part of cash or cash equivalents as these are part of an enterprise’s cash management rather than its operating, financing and investing activities. Cash management consists of the investment of excess cash in the cash equivalents.

Presentation of Cash Flow

A cash flow statement must depict the cash flows within the period classifying them as

  • Operating activities
  • Investing
  • Financing activitiesCompanies must prepare and present cash flows from operating, financing as well as investing activities in such manner that is apt to their business. Grouping the activities provide information which enables the users in assessing the impact of such activities on the overall financial position of an enterprise and also assess the value of the cash and cash equivalents.

Operating Activities

Cash flows from operating activities predominantly result from the main revenue-generating activities of an enterprise. For example:

  • Cash received from the sale of goods and services
  • Cash received in form of fees, royalties, commissions and various other revenue forms
  • Cash paid to a supplier of goods and services

Investing Activities

Cash flows from investing activities represent outflows are made for resources intended for generating cash flows and future income. For instance:

  • Cash paid for acquiring fixed assets
  • Cash received from disposal of fixed assets (including intangibles)
  • Cash paid for acquiring shares, warrants or debt instruments of other companies and interests in JVs

Financing Activities

Financing activities are those which brings changes in composition and size of owner’s capital and borrowings of an enterprise. For instance:

  • Cash received from issuing shares or other similar securities
  • Cash received from issuing loans, debentures, bonds, notes, and other short-term or long-term borrowings
  • Cash repaid on borrowings

Cash flow from operating activities

A company must report its cash flows from operating activities using:

1.  Direct method –  Where all the major classes of cash receipts and cash payments are presented; or

2. Indirect method –  Where the net profit or net loss is adjusted for:

  • Effects of transactions that are non-cash in nature such as depreciation, deferred taxes, provisions, etc.
  • Accruals or deferrals of future or past operating cash proceeds or payments
  • Any expense or income related to financing or investing cash flows

Cash Flow from Investing and Financing Activities

A company must separately record all the major classes of cash receipts and cash payments that arise from financing and investing activities, barring the ones which need to be reported on a net basis.

Cash flow on Net Basis

Cash flows which arise from below-mentioned operating, financing or investing activities might be reported on a net basis:

  • Proceeds and payments in cash on behalf of a client where cash flows reflect the activities of such client rather than that of the company itself
  • Proceeds and payments in cash for items where the amounts are huge, turnover is quick, and maturities are short.

Cash flows which arise from each of the below-mentioned activities of any financial enterprise might be reported on the net basis:

  • Proceeds and payments in cash for acceptances and repayments of deposits having fixed maturities
  • Placement and withdrawal of deposits from other financial enterprises
  • Loans and cash advances are given to clients/customers and repayment of such loans and advances

Foreign Currency Cash Flows

Cash flows that arise from the transactions in the foreign currencies must be recorded in the company’s reporting currency by using the below method: Foreign currency amount * FX rates between the reporting and foreign currency at the date of cash flow.
A rate which approximates actual rate might be used in case the outcome is largely the same as it would have been if the rate at the date of cash flows was used. The impact of changes in the exchange rate on cash and cash equivalents which is held in the foreign currencies must be reported as a distinct and separate part of the reconciliation of changes in the cash and cash equivalent during the relevant period.

Extraordinary Items, Dividends & Interests

The cash flows related to the extraordinary items must be categorized as arising from operating, financing or investing activities as apt and disclosed distinctly. Cash flows from dividends and interest received and paid must be separately disclosed.
Cash flows which arise from dividends and interest received and paid in the case of financial enterprises must be categorized as cash flows from operating activities. 
For other enterprises, cash flows which arise from interest paid must be categorized as cash flows from the financing activities whereas dividends and interest received must be categorized as cash flows from the investing activities. Any dividends paid must be categorized as cash flows from the financing activities.

Taxes on Income

Cash flows which arise from taxes on income must be disclosed separately and must be reported as cash flows from the operating activities except if they could be explicitly related to investing and financing activities.

Acquisitions and Disposal of Business Units including Subsidiaries

The aggregate cash flows which arise from acquisition and from the disposal of business units including subsidiaries must be shown as investing activities and reported separately. Enterprises must present, in total, with respect to both the acquisitions and disposals of other business units including subsidiaries within the period the followings:

  • Aggregate purchase or disposal value
  • The amount of purchase or disposal value which is discharged by way of cash and cash equivalents

Non-Cash Transactions

Financing and investing transactions which don’t require cash or cash equivalents mustn’t be included in the cash flow statement. Those transactions must be presented elsewhere in financial statements in a way which gives relevant information about such financing and investing activities.


Enterprises must disclose, along with management commentary, the amount of substantial cash and cash equivalents held by an enterprise which isn’t available for use. Commitments that may arise from discounted bills of exchange and other similar obligations that are undertaken by an enterprise are typically disclosed in financial statements by means of notes, even in case the probability of loss is remote.

Major differences between AS 3 and Ind AS 7

ParticularsAS 3 Cash Flow StatementsInd AS 7 Statement of Cash Flows
Bank OverdraftsAS 3 it doesn’t have any such requirementInd AS 7 explicitly includes bank overdrafts as a part of cash and cash equivalents that are repayable on demand
Cash flow from extraordinary activitiesAS 3 necessitates cash flows related to the extraordinary activities to be classified as cash flow arising from operating, financing and investing activitiesInd AS 7 doesn’t contain such requirement
Cash flow from changes in ownership of interests in subsidiariesAS 3 doesn’t have any such requirementsInd AS 7 needs classification of cash flows which arises from changes in the ownership interests in the subsidiaries which does not result in the loss of control as the cash flows from financing activities
Accounting for investments in a subsidiary or an associateAS 3 doesn’t have any such requirementInd AS 7 requires the use of Cost or Equity method when accounting for investments in a subsidiary or an associate
Disclosure requirementsAS 3 require fewer disclosure requirements as compared to Ind AS 7Ind AS 7 requires more disclosure requirements

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