Current Assets

A section of the assets side of the balance sheet. It refers to cash and cash equivalents such as receivables, inventory, and investments.

Insolvency – Detection

Insolvency

Insolvency refers to the ability to pay bills in a timely manner.  It does not mean bankruptcy but long-term insolvency is a underlying factor of bankruptcy.  Many owners and/or managers of small business have no idea of how to determine if the company is insolvent or headed towards the inability to meet their day to day obligations.

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Cash Flow From Operations – Understanding Cash Flow (Part II)

Cash Flow From Operations - Understanding Cash Flow (Part II)

To understand the cash situation, the cash flows statement is an additional report included in financial statements to basically convert the accrual basis balance sheet and income statement into a cash basis report.  This way, management gets the best attributes of both accrual and cash basis accounting.

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Total Assets Turnover Rate – Formula and Analysis

Total Assets Turnover Rate

Within the group of activity ratios, the total assets turnover rate is the broadest in scope.   Similar to other activity ratios, it utilizes net sales as the numerator.  However the denominator doesn't focus in on a single balance sheet asset group like the working capital turnover or fixed assets turnover rates, it includes all assets.

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Working Capital Turnover

Working Capital Turnover

The activity ratios measure performance of a current asset on the balance sheet against a corresponding area of the income statement.  The working capital turnover is the most encompassing of all the activity ratios; in effect, it is the most general of the activity ratios.   This particular ratio measures the ability of management to efficiently utilize net current assets. 

Working Capital Management – Production and Sales Flow

Working Capital Management

There is no single management style to address the multitude of working capital cycles existing in the various business sectors and the underlying industries.  Taking raw resources and turning them into consumer goods has different time frames depending on the item produced.  In addition, the sales period varies from product to product.  Compare the production and sales cycle for an automobile to that of ice cream.

Current Ratio

Current Ratio

The current ratio is an inappropriate relationship to use or rely on in small business.  The ratio is best suited for large publicly traded organizations.  This article explains the basic formula for the current ratio, how to identify the ratio in reading financial statements, its purpose and the many drawbacks for its use with small business.

Working Capital Cycle

Working Capital Cycle

The college textbook definition of working capital is current assets minus payables and accrued expenses.  The term explains the dollar value of flexibility a business operation has to take advantage of immediate opportunities or endure sudden or long-term setbacks.  Since it is a balance sheet based formula the value is a function of a moment in time.

EBITDA – Buyer Beware (Case Study)

EBITDA

This article will illustrate the opposite effect using the same business information.   A buyer of a business should be leery of financial information and look for improper accounting processes.   The goal is to reduce the operational income and ultimately the value of the business.   The goal is to get the business valuation to a realistic number.

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Bookkeeping – Proper Balance Sheet Presentation (Lesson 20)

Balance Sheet Presentation

The balance sheet serves as an historical report.  It identifies the accumulated change in value since inception.  The balance sheet is organized into two halves and both sides must be equal in value.  In addition, the balance sheet is a snapshot of the financial condition at a single moment in time along the lifetime timeline of the company.

Working Capital Management – Fundamentals

Working Capital Management

Working capital management is a function of finance whereby management ensures adequate cash is available to meet operational needs over the typical working capital cycle.   The underlying elements of working capital management include 1) understanding the different forms of current assets and current liabilities and their corresponding cash cycles; 2) recognizing the relationships of production and sales flow; and 3) planning the inflows and uses (outflows) of cash.

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