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Carnival Corp (NYSE:CCL)
Accounts Receivable
$355 Mil (As of Aug. 2014)

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. 2014 was $355 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Carnival Corp's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 was 6.55.

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. 2014 was $-13,959 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. 2014 is calculated as:

Days Sales Outstanding
=Account Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=355/4947*91
=6.55

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. 2014 is calculated as:

Liquidation value
=Cash and Cash Equivalents-Total Liabilities+(0.75 * Account Receivable)+(0.5 * Inventory)
=436-14840+0.75 * 355+0.5 * 358
=-13,959

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own 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.


Related Terms

Days Sales Outstanding, Revenue, NCAV, Cash and Cash Equivalents, Total Liabilities, Inventory


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Carnival Corp Annual Data

Nov04Nov05Nov06Nov07Nov08Nov09Nov10Nov11Nov12Nov13
Accts Rec. 409430280436418362248263270786

Carnival Corp Quarterly Data

May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14May14Aug14
Accts Rec. 286306270400408444786258288355
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