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Health Management Associates, Inc. (NYSE:HMA)
Accounts Receivable
\$970 Mil (As of Sep. 2013)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Health Management Associates, Inc.'s accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2013 was \$970 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Health Management Associates, Inc.'s Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2013 was 62.29.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Health Management Associates, Inc.'s Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2013 was \$-4,723 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.

Health Management Associates, Inc.'s Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2013 is calculated as:

 Days Sales Outstanding = Account Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 970.132 / 1421.243 * 91 = 62.29

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

Health Management Associates, Inc.'s liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2013 is calculated as:

 Liquidation value = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 64.252 - 5627.948 + 0.75 * 970.132 + 0.5 * 226.552 = -4,723

* 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.

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Historical Data

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

Health Management Associates, Inc. Annual Data

 Sep03 Sep04 Sep05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Accts Rec. 493 626 681 634 628 622 656 759 899 958

Health Management Associates, Inc. Quarterly Data

 Jun11 Sep11 Dec11 Mar12 Jun12 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Accts Rec. 762 799 899 995 924 972 958 991 975 970
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