The following table shows the Group cash flow:
The cash flow from operating activities rose from € 946.0 million in 2017 to € 1,132.5 million in 2018. The increase is mainly due to the improvement in the operating result, which itself in turn increased because of the first-time inclusion of BUWOG and Victoria Park. The low payouts in net current assets continued to have a positive effect on operating cash flow.
The cash flow from investing activities shows a payout balance of € 3,892.5 million for 2018, which is mainly due to the net purchase price payments for the shares in BUWOG and Victoria Park in the total amount of € 3,387.7 million within the process of initially acquiring control. The additional payouts for acquisitions and modernization of the real estate portfolio came to € 1,358.8 million. On the other hand, income from portfolio sales in the amount of € 1,054.2 million was collected. In addition, cash flow from investment activities includes payouts for the construction of Vonovia’s new head office and its furniture and office equipment.
Cash flow from financing activities includes cash inflows from the cash capital increase in the amount of € 995.8 million. The additional proceeds in a total amount of € 5,064.2 million result primarily from EMTN drawdowns in connection with the takeover of BUWOG. On the other hand, payouts were made through scheduled and unscheduled repayments in the amount of € 1,901.6 million. Payouts for transaction and financing costs amounted to € 77.2 million. Interest paid in 2018 amounted to € 305.8 million with dividend payments amounting to € 401.1 million, as against figures of € 303.5 million and € 277.9 million in 2017, respectively. In addition, cash flow from financing activities includes payouts for the acquisition of shares in non-controlling interests in the amount of € 309.0 million, € 217.7 million of which was attributable primarily to the stake that Vonovia acquired in Victoria Park from the Starwood Capital Group and € 60.7 million of which was attributable to further BUWOG shares.
The net increase in cash and cash equivalents came to € 281.5 million.