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Ratio Analysis (Part-2)



Efficiency ratios

Efficiency ratios measure how productively a company uses its assets to generate revenue. It is also called activity ratios. The key activities of a company involve putting the assets in use to produce goods or services, sell the goods or services, collect the payments, pay off the creditors generate and re-invest into business after payment of dividends etc., The efficiency of these activities is measured by the following ratios:

 

  • The inventory turnover ratio- indicates the number of times or the speed with which inventory is sold. It is the number of times the inventory is replaced during the year. The inventory is reported at a cost in the balance sheet and this inventory is the balance inventory from the cost of goods sold during the year. Inventory turnover ratio = cost of goods sold for the year / average cost of inventory during the year

 

  Mar-19 Mar-20 Mar-21
Cost of goods sold 220 210 189
Inventory 50 46 48
Average inventory for last two years   48 47
Inventory turnover = 210/48 & 189/47  4.37 4.03
Industry leader 4.33 3.98

 

Inventory days or days to sell is a ratio derived from the inventory turnover ratio. This ratio indicates the average number of days the company takes to sell the inventory. Fewer days are better as it indicates the demand for goods is high.

Inventory Days = 365 / Inventory Turnover.

  Mar-20 Mar-21
Number of days in a year 365 365
Inventory turnover 4.4 4.0
Inventory turnover = (a)/(b) 83.48 90.54
Industry leader 84.26 91.82

 

Interpretation: The company replaces its inventory 4 times in a year. This is comparable with the industry leader. Also, the number of days it takes to sell the inventory has increased from 83.48 to 90.54 which is comparable with the industry leader

 

  • The debtors’ turnover ratio- This ratio tells us how fast the company can convert the debtors into cash or how many times debtors are turned around and cash collected from them. A higher number indicates collection is faster and more efficient and vice versa. 

 

Debtors’ turnover = net sales/average debtors

  Mar-19 Mar-20 Mar-21
Net sales 271 264 228
Debtors 80 73 71
Average debtors for last two years   77 72
Debtors’ turnover = 264/77 & 228/72  3.45 3.17
Industry leader 8.38 7.61

 

The average collection period indicates the average number of days it takes for a company to collect cash from the debtors. It shows the collection efficiency of the company.

 

Average collection days = 365 / Receivable Turnover Ratio

  Mar-20 Mar-21
Number of days in a year 365 365
Inventory turnover 3.5 3.2
Average collection days= (a)/(b) 105.77 115.26
Industry leader 43.56 47.98

 

Interpretation: The company has a very low debtor turnover. Only 3 times the debtors are turned around for collection as compared to the industry leader which has a higher rate of turnaround. The collection period is way high as compared to the industry leader. It is bound to have working-capital issues. The collection period has also increased to 115.26 from 105.77

 

  • Accounts payable turnover ratio- indicates the average number of times the creditors are paid during a period. A higher ratio would indicate the company can generate cash and pay off the creditors faster.

 

Accounts payable turnover ratio = cost of goods sold for the year / average accounts payable.

  Mar-19 Mar-20 44256
Cost of goods sold 220 210 189
Trade payables 34 31 26
Average trade payable for last two years   32 28
Payables turnover = 210/32 & 189/28  6.49 6.70
Industry leader 10.65 8.29

 

  Mar-20 Mar-21
Number of days in a year 365 365
Payable’s turnover 6.5 6.7
Average payable days= (a)/(b) 56.22 54.50
Industry leader 34.27 44.05

 

Interpretation: The company pays its suppliers on an average 6.7 times as compared to the industry leader which pays on an average 8.3 times. The collection turnover is 3 times and the payment is 6.7 times. This means the company pays faster to the creditors than he collects from the debtors. The payable days are also higher. This again is a cause for worry. The company has to improve his collections.

 

  • The working capital turnover ratio: This ratio measures the efficiency of a company to use its working capital to generate sales. Working capital = current assets – current liabilities. This ratio is also known as the net sales to working capital ratio. The higher the ratio better for the company. Positive working capital indicates a good working capital position and vice-versa.

 

Working capital turnover ratio= Net sales/average working capital

 

  Mar-19 Mar-20 Mar-21
Net Sales (a) 271 264 228
Current assets (b) 158 150 144
Current liabilities (c) 52 46 44
Working capital (b)- (c) 106 104 100
Average working capital for last two years   105 102
Working turnover = 264/105 & 228/102 2.51 2.24
Industry leader 3.79 3.81

 

Interpretation: The company is able to generate 2.24 times sales out of every rupee of working capital employed as compared to 3.81 times the industry leader. The working turnover has declined in March-21 as compared to 2.51 of March-20.

 

  • The asset turnover ratio measures the efficiency with which a company uses its assets to generate sales. Higher the ratio better the efficiency. This shows how many rupees of sales a company can generate per rupee of total assets used.

 

Asset turnover ratio = net sales/average total assets

  Mar-19 Mar-20 Mar-21
Net Sales (a) 271 264 228
Total assets 203 193 192
Average total assets for last two years   198 193
Asset turnover 264/198 & 228/193 1.33 1.18
Industry leader 1.34 1.23

 

Interpretation: The company is able to generate 1.18 times sales out of every rupee of assets employed as compared to 1.23 times the industry leader. Its efficiency has fallen as compared to the last year asset turnover of 1.33.




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