Mind the Gap

Cash flow from operations isn't keeping pace with net income at many companies, and investors are beginning to notice. Our exclusive study of the Standard and Poor's 500 reveals which companies have the widest gaps between the two measures.

Date of data

Net income change ($ millions)

Net income change (%)

Cash flow change ($ millions)

Cash flow change (%)

Difference between net income change and cash flow change (%)

3-year total shareholder return (%)

1. Ryder System

Jun 00

416.2

67,027

-104

-20

67,047

-39

2. Nat’l Seminconductor

May 00

619.2

38,700

-130

-25

38,725

91

3. Network Appliance

Apr 00

73.5

29,417

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