Fiscal Quarter



As always, I use my March 1, 2019 post as a way to start this quarter. Each quarter I’ll start the quarter with a quick recap of what I did in the previous quarter and what’s coming up in the next few months. I’ll also share a short video that I did with my podcast co-host on what I’ve been up to for the past few months.

Apple will release its Q1 earnings report on Friday, May 10th. Analysts expect the company to report revenue of $61.1 billion and earnings per share of $1.29. This represents a 17% increase in sales year-over-year, and a 15% increase in earnings per share. Analysts are expecting revenue to be flat sequentially from the previous quarter, while the company continues to expect revenue growth to accelerate in the second half of its fiscal year.

Home » Bookkeeping » Current Ratio: definition, formula, norms and limits

Nov 10, 2020
Bookkeeping by Adam Hill

This firm can pay its short-term liabilities, such as debt obligations, and still have $100 left over as a cash or operating liquidity cushion. For example, consider a company with current assets of $100,000 and current liabilities of $120,000. This means they will only be able to pay $100,000 of that debt, and will still owe $20,000 (their working capital deficit). In other words, the company will be unable to meet its current obligations and must sell $20,000 worth of long-term assets or find other sources of financing. Subtract the current liability total from the current asset total.For example, imagine a company had current assets of $50,000 and current liabilities of $24,000.

What is a good working capital ratio?

The working capital ratio is calculated simply by dividing total current assets by total current liabilities. For that reason, it can also be called the current ratio. It is a measure of liquidity, meaning the business’s ability to meet its payment obligations as they fall due.

What Does the Working Capital Ratio Indicate About Liquidity?

With more liabilities than assets, you’d have to sell your current assets to pay off your liabilities. Negative working capital is often the result of poor cash flow or poor asset management. Without enough cash to pay your bills, your business may need to explore additional business funding to pay its debts.

The working capital ratio measures a company’s efficiency and the health of its short-term finances. The formula to determine working capital is the company’s current assets minus its current liabilities.

Net working capital measures a company’s ability to meet its current financial obligations. When a company has a positive net working capital, it means that it has enough short-term assets to finance to pay its short-term debts and even invest in its growth. Companies can increase their net working capital by increasing their current assets and decreasing their short-term liabilities. Thenet working capital metric is directly related to the current, or working capital ratio.

Receivables Management:

The working capital ratio is a measure of liquidity, revealing whether a business can pay its obligations. The ratio is the relative proportion of an entity’s current assets to its current liabilities, and shows the ability of a business to pay for its current liabilities with its current assets. A working capital ratio of less than 1.0 is a strong indicator that there will be liquidity problems in the future, while a ratio in the vicinity of 2.0 is considered to represent good short-term liquidity. The commonly used acid-test ratio (or quick ratio) compares a company’s easily liquidated assets (including cash, accounts receivable and short-term investments, excluding inventory and prepaid) to its current liabilities.

If a company continues to have low working capital, or if it continues to decline over a period of time, it may have serious financial trouble. The cause of the decrease in working capital could be a result of several different factors, including decreasing sales revenues, mismanagement of inventory, or problems with accounts receivable. Companies with high amounts of working capital possess sufficient liquid funds needed to meet their short-term obligations. Working capital, also called “net working capital,” is a liquidity metric used in corporate finance to assess a business’ operational efficiency. It is calculated by subtracting a company’s current liabilities from its current assets.

If a company’s current assets do not exceed its current liabilities, then it may have trouble growing or paying back creditors, or even go bankrupt. Working capital management represents the relationship between a firm’s short-term assets and its short-term liabilities. The goal of working capital management is to ensure that a company can afford its day-to-day operating expenses while, at the same time, investing the company’s assets in the most productive way. A well-run firm manages its short-term debt and current and future operational expenses through its management of working capital, the components of which are inventories, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and cash.

Determining a Good Working Capital Ratio

The current ratio is a liquidity and efficiency ratio that measures a firm’s ability to pay off its short-term liabilities with its current assets. Looking at the calculation of the current ratio, you’ll see that you use the same balance sheet data to calculate net working capital.

Large retailers can also minimize their inventory volume through an efficient supply chain, which makes their current assets shrink against current liabilities, resulting in a lower current ratio. The current ratio measures how much of its short-term assets (cash, inventory and receivables) a company would need to use to pay back its short-term liabilities (debts and payables). Thecurrent ratiois a popular metric used across the industry to assess a company’s short-termliquidity with respect to its available assets and pending liabilities. In other words, it reflects a company’s ability to generate enough cash to pay off all its debts once they become due.

Current portions of long-term debt like commercial real estate loans and small business loans are also considered current liabilities. You can usually find this information on a company’s balance sheet, which should include a subtotal of current assets. If the balance sheet does not have this this, add up all accounts that meet the definition of a current asset to come up with a subtotal. These are typically listed as accounts receivable, prepaid expenses or inventory. Efficient management of working capital ensures profitability and overall financial health for businesses.

Additionally, some companies, especially larger retailers such as Wal-Mart, have been able to negotiate much longer-than-average payment terms with their suppliers. If a retailer doesn’t offer credit to its customers, this can show on its balance sheet as a high payables balance relative to its receivables balance.

The company would be able to pay all its current liabilities out of current assets and would also have cash left over to serve other purposes. The company could use the cash for financing operations or long-term debt payment. For example, accounts receivable, prepaid expenses and inventory would all be current assets.You can usually find this information on a company’s balance sheet, which should include a subtotal of current assets. As a specialty retailer, the Gap has substantial inventory and working capital needs. At the end of the 2000 financial year (which concluded January 2001), the Gap reported $1,904 million in inventory and $335 million in other non-cash current assets.{“@context”:”https://schema.org”,”@type”:”FAQPage”,”mainEntity”:[{“@type”:”Question”,”name”:”What are the fiscal quarters for 2020?”,”acceptedAnswer”:{“@type”:”Answer”,”text”:” The fiscal quarters for 2020 are January 1 – March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, and October 1 – December 31.”}},{“@type”:”Question”,”name”:”What is fiscal quarter?”,”acceptedAnswer”:{“@type”:”Answer”,”text”:” A fiscal quarter is a period of three months.”}},{“@type”:”Question”,”name”:”What are the dates of the fiscal quarters?”,”acceptedAnswer”:{“@type”:”Answer”,”text”:” The fiscal quarters are the three-month periods that make up a company’s fiscal year.”}}]}

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fiscal quarters for 2020?

The fiscal quarters for 2020 are January 1 – March 31, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, and October 1 – December 31.

What is fiscal quarter?

A fiscal quarter is a period of three months.

What are the dates of the fiscal quarters?

The fiscal quarters are the three-month periods that make up a company’s fiscal year.


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