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The SPREAD function divides a value evenly over a number of time periods. 


SPREAD(Value to divide, Number of time periods)


ArgumentData typeDescription
Value to divideNumberThe value to be spread across the time periods.
Number of time periodsNumberThe number of time periods to spread the value over. 

The SPREAD function returns numeric values. 


  • You cannot have a decimal value for the number of time periods.
  • The time range for the values to be spread and the line item that contains your result, must match. Any formula that conflicts with this rule will be rejected.
  • A non-time series function, if used as a subexpression of this function, must use the same time range as the line item to which the formula is applied. Combining time series functions and non-time series functions with a differing time range can return an unexpected result or an error message. For more information, see Time Ranges and Time Series Functions.

Excel equivalent 


Related Anaplan functions


Jan 19Feb 19Mar 19Apr 19May 19Jun 19
Value to spread10 00004000000


SPREAD(Value to spread, 4)


From the example above, the value 10000 is entered into the Value to spread cell for Jan 19 and is spread over the next 4 months.

When an additional value of 4000 is added in Mar 19, the value is also spread over the next 4 months. The overlapping months are summed to provide a final figure, as long as the Summary Method for the row is set to SUM.