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Business Ratios and Formulas: A Comprehensive Guide by Steven M. Bragg

By Steven M. Bragg

This can be a nice reference booklet for financial plan Ratio research. in contrast to another ratio research books, this one has extra ratios than you'll ever have to use even within the so much in-depth research of a businesses financials.

The format of the ebook flows clearly, which means that the e-book divides the ratios into different types like Liquidity, Solvency, functionality, go back on funding, etc... the single shortfall here's notwithstanding you'll count on the ratios to circulation from one into the opposite as you choose a class and examine it, you would be improper. for instance, the present, quickly, and funds ratios are one of the most very important starter ratios for Liquidity try and you would count on the part on Liquidity to begin with them, however it does not. It starts off with bills Receivable Turnover ratio through usual Receivable assortment interval. even if that's very important, it isn't the place one as a rule begins in the course of a liquidity attempt, so the writer can have equipped the ratios with a bit extra proposal. however, this drawback is outweighed by means of the good thing about having an outstanding clarification of what every one ratio capacity with a hypothetical instance for each unmarried ratio.

It's my end that this booklet is made for individuals with an current wisdom of Accounting.

Beginners could have a tough time with this, because the booklet is stuffed with jargon. Accountants analysists would really like this, simply because the entire jargon simply saves us time. We hate it whilst books like those try and cater to every body, together with amateurs, and finally simply 'water down' the content material. We simply wish that ratio and a brief clarification in OUR language of what it capacity and the way to interpret it. This ebook does simply that.

If you are looking for a Ratio reference booklet, be sure to have this one as a part of a bigger assortment, due to the fact that having one ratio reference booklet isn't adequate and also you continuously have to cross-reference in case you wander away alongside the way in which.

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Of particular concern is the sudden drop in the amount of repairs expense in 2003, because there is no corresponding increase in the fixed assets account that would indicate that new assets have been purchased. The due diligence team should conclude that a purchase of this company would require a cash infusion to fix a backlog of equipment repairs. Cautions: As noted earlier, the ratio can be manipulated by company management if it chooses to delay making expenditures on needed asset repairs. Also, a high ratio can yield misleading conclusions, because it can indicate that management is taking the best possible care of its equipment or that the equipment is so old that it is near the point of failure.

Cautions: This measurement should be tracked on a trend line, because it usually requires substantial changes by the management team to alter it, which may require a number of reporting periods to accomplish. To calculate it on a spot basis, it is useful to create a multiperiod measurement, so that an average gross margin percentage and operating cost can be used that smooths out expense irregularities over the short term. MARGIN OF SAFETY Description: This is the amount by which sales can drop before a company’s break-even point is reached.

Of particular interest is an increasing ratio that suddenly drops with no corresponding increase in the amount of fixed assets. This indicates that a company is running out of cash and cannot afford to repair its existing assets or purchase new ones. qxd 9/13/06 12:37 PM Page 16 16 / Business Ratios and Formulas Formula: Divide the total amount of repairs and maintenance expense by the total amount of fixed assets. If the expense is broken down into subcategories, such as between production equipment and facilities, then the measure can be calculated for each category presented.

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