Accounting word of the Week: Receivable Turnover

Many banks will compute financial ratios to evaluate the liquidity of a company’s account receivables. When they do this they use what is known as the receivable turnover ratio. The ratio measures a number of times, on average, a company collects receivables during a period.

The formula for this ratio is:

Net Sales

_______________ = Accounts Receivable Turnover

Net Receivables

To illustrate, let’s say your company reported in 2016 net sales of $500,000, its beginning and ending accounts receivable balances were $100,000 and $75,000, respectively.

Computation:

$500,000

________________

($100,000 + 50,000) / 2 = 6.6 times, or every 55 days.

This information shows that the company is not successful in collecting outstanding receivables. The illustrated company should shorten the number of days to 30 days.

A company should also adopt an aging schedule. An aging schedule will help determine how long the receivables have been outstanding.

As part of services that we offer at A & C Bookkeeping Services, we provide an aging schedule to our customer and advise them of any red flags that need immediate attention. Please contact us today for your accounting needs.

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