Financial ratio
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In finance, a financial ratio or accounting ratio is a ratio of two selected numerical values taken from an enterprise's financial statements. There are many standard ratios used to try to evaluate the overall financial condition of a corporation or other organization. Financial ratios may be used by managers within a firm, by current and potential shareholders (owners) of a firm, and by a firm's creditors. Security analysts use financial ratios to compare the strengths and weaknesses in various companies.^{[1]} If shares in a company are traded in a financial market, the market price of the shares is used in certain financial ratios.
Ratios may be expressed as a decimal value, such as 0.10, or given as an equivalent percent value, such as 10%. Some ratios are usually quoted as percentages, especially ratios that are usually or always less than 1, such as earnings yield, while others are usually quoted as decimal numbers, especially ratios that are usually more than 1, such as P/E ratio; these latter are also called multiples. Given any ratio, one can take its reciprocal; if the ratio was above 1, the reciprocal will be below 1, and conversely. The reciprocal expresses the same information, but may be more understandable: for instance, the earnings yield can be compared with bond yields, while the P/E ratio cannot be: for example, a P/E ratio of 20 corresponds to an earnings yield of 5%.
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[edit] Sources of data for financial ratios
Values used in calculating financial ratios are taken from the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows or (sometimes) the statement of retained earnings. These comprise the firm's "accounting statements" or financial statements. The statements' data is based on the accounting method and accounting standards used by the organization.
[edit] Purpose and types of ratios
Financial ratios quantify many aspects of a business and are an integral part of financial statement analysis. Financial ratios are categorized according to the financial aspect of the business which the ratio measures. Liquidity ratios measure the availability of cash to pay debt.^{[2]} Activity ratios measure how quickly a firm converts noncash assets to cash assets.^{[3]} Debt ratios measure the firm's ability to repay longterm debt.^{[4]} Profitability ratios measure the firm's use of its assets and control of its expenses to generate an acceptable rate of return.^{[5]} Market ratios measure investor response to owning a company's stock and also the cost of issuing stock.^{[6]}
Financial ratios allow for comparisons
 between companies
 between industries
 between different time periods for one company
 between a single company and its industry average
Ratios generally hold no meaning unless they are benchmarked against something else, like past performance or another company. Thus, the ratios of firms in different industries, which face different risks, capital requirements, and competition are usually hard to compare.
[edit] Accounting methods and principles
Financial ratios may not be directly comparable between companies that use different accounting methods or follow various standard accounting practices. Most public companies are required by law to use generally accepted accounting principles for their home countries, but private companies, partnerships and sole proprietorships may not use accrual basis accounting. Large multinational corporations may use International Financial Reporting Standards to produce their financial statements, or they may use the generally accepted accounting principles of their home country.
There is no international standard for calculating the summary data presented in all financial statements, and the terminology is not always consistent between companies, industries, countries and time periods.
[edit] Abbreviations and terminology
Various abbreviations may be used in financial statements, especially financial statements summarized on the Internet. Sales reported by a firm are usually net sales, which deduct returns, allowances, and early payment discounts from the charge on an invoice. Net income is always the amount after taxes, depreciation, amortization, and interest, unless otherwise stated. Otherwise, the amount would be EBIT, or EBITDA (see below).
Companies that are primarily involved in providing services with labour do not generally report "Sales" based on hours. These companies tend to report "revenue" based on the monetary value of income that the services provide.
Note that Shareholder's Equity and Owner's Equity are not the same thing, Shareholder's Equity represents the total number of shares in the company multiplied by each share's book value; Owner's Equity represents the total number of shares that an individual shareholder owns (usually the owner with controlling interest), multiplied by each share's book value. It is important to make this distinction when calculating ratios.
[edit] Other abbreviations
 COGS = Cost of goods sold, or cost of sales.
 EBIT = Earnings before interest and taxes
 EBITDA = Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization
 EPS = Earnings per share (Note: Earnings per share is not a ratio, it is a value in currency.)
[edit] Ratios
[edit] Profitability ratios
Profitability ratios measure the firm's use of its assets and control of its expenses to generate an acceptable rate of return.

 Gross margin, Gross profit margin or Gross Profit Rate^{[7]}^{[8]}

 OR

 Operating margin, Operating Income Margin, Operating profit margin or Return on sales (ROS)^{[9]}^{[8]}

 Note: Operating income is the difference between operating revenues and operating expenses, but it is also sometimes used as a synonym for EBIT and operating profit.^{[10]} This is true if the firm has no nonoperating income. (Earnings before interest and taxes / Sales^{[11]}^{[12]})

 Profit margin, net margin or net profit margin^{[13]} ^{[14]}


 Return on equity (ROE) ^{[14]}


 Return on investment (ROI ratio or Du Pont ratio)^{[6]}


 Return on assets (ROA)^{[15]}


 Return on assets Du Pont (ROA Du Pont)^{[16]}


 Return on Equity Du Pont (ROE Du Pont)


 Return on net assets (RONA)


 Return on capital (ROC)


 Risk adjusted return on capital (RAROC)

 OR

 Return on capital employed (ROCE)

 Note: this is somewhat similar to (ROI), which calculates Net Income per Owner's Equity

 Cash flow return on investment (CFROI)

[edit] Liquidity ratios
Liquidity ratios measure the availability of cash to pay debt.

 Current ratio^{[17]}

 Operation cash flow ratio

[edit] Activity ratios
Activity ratios measure the effectiveness of the firms use of resources.

 DSO Ratio^{[18]}


 Average payment period^{[3]}


 Asset turnover^{[19]}


 Inventory turnover ratio^{[20]}^{[21]}


 Receivables Turnover Ratio^{[22]}


 Inventory conversion ratio^{[4]}


 Inventory conversion period


 Receivables conversion period


 Payables conversion period


 Cash Conversion Cycle

 Inventory Conversion Period + Receivables Conversion Period  Payables Conversion Period
[edit] Debt ratios
Debt ratios measure the firm's ability to repay longterm debt. Debt ratios measure financial leverage.

 Debt ratio^{[23]}


 Debt to equity ratio^{[24]}


 Longterm Debt to equity (LT Debt to Equity)^{[24]}


 Times interestearned ratio^{[24]}

 OR
[edit] Market ratios
Market ratios measure investor response to owning a company's stock and also the cost of issuing stock.

 Earnings per share (EPS)^{[25]}


 Payout ratio^{[25]}^{[26]}

 OR

 Cash flow ratio or Price/cash flow ratio^{[27]}


 Price to book value ratio (P/B or PBV)^{[27]}

Other Market Ratios
Sectorspecific ratios
[edit] Capital Budgeting Ratios
In addition to assisting management and owners in diagnosing the financial health of their company, ratios can also help managers make decisions about investments or projects that the company is considering to take, such as acquisitions, or expansion.
Many formal methods are used in capital budgeting, including the techniques such as
 Net present value
 Profitability index
 Internal rate of return
 Modified Internal Rate of Return
 Equivalent annuity
[edit] See also
[edit] References
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