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Microsoft Corp (NAS:MSFT)
Accounts Receivable
\$14,343 Mil (As of Dec. 2016)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Microsoft Corp's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$14,343 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Microsoft Corp's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 54.33.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Microsoft Corp's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$-21,282 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.

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

 Days Sales Outstanding = Account Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 14343 / 24090 * 91 = 54.33

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

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

 Liquidation value = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 122781 - 155801 + 0.75 * 14343 + 0.5 * 1961 = -21,282

* 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.

Microsoft Corp Annual Data

 Jun07 Jun08 Jun09 Jun10 Jun11 Jun12 Jun13 Jun14 Jun15 Jun16 Accts Rec. 11,338 13,589 11,192 13,014 14,987 15,780 17,486 19,544 17,908 18,277

Microsoft Corp Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Accts Rec. 12,887 16,186 12,427 17,908 11,444 14,507 12,247 18,277 11,129 14,343
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