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Carnival Corp (NYSE:CCL)
Accounts Receivable
\$423 Mil (As of Aug. 2016)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Carnival Corp's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2016 was \$423 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Carnival Corp's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2016 was 7.57.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Carnival Corp's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2016 was \$-15,496 Mil.

Definition

Accounts Receivable is money owed to a business by customers and shown on its Balance Sheet as an asset.

Explanation

1. Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Days sales outstanding measures of the average number of days that a company takes to collect revenue after a sale has been made. It is a financial ratio that illustrates how well a company's accounts receivables are being managed.

Carnival Corp's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2016 is calculated as:

 Days Sales Outstanding = Account Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 423 / 5097 * 91 = 7.57

2. In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, Carnival Corp's accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value:

Carnival Corp's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2016 is calculated as:

 Liquidation value = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 462 - 16432 + 0.75 * 423 + 0.5 * 314 = -15,496

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Be Aware

Net receivables tells us a great deal about the different competitors in the same industry. In competitive industries, some attempt to gain advantage by offering better credit terms, causing increase in sales and receivables.

If company consistently shows lower % Net receivables to gross sales than competitors, then it usually has some kind of competitive advantage which requires further digging.

Average Days Sales Outstanding is a good indicator for measuring a companys sales channel and customers. A company may book great revenue and earnings growth but never receive payment from their customers. This may force a write-off in the future and depress future earnings.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

Carnival Corp Annual Data

 Nov07 Nov08 Nov09 Nov10 Nov11 Nov12 Nov13 Nov14 Nov15 Nov16 Accts Rec. 436 418 362 248 293 730 786 486 412 298

Carnival Corp Quarterly Data

 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Accts Rec. 478 486 329 380 452 412 423 442 423 298
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