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Walgreen Co (NYSE:WAG)
Accounts Receivable
$2,774 Mil (As of Feb. 2014)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Walgreen Co's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 was $2,774 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Walgreen Co's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 was 12.88.

In Ben Graham’s calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Walgreen Co's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 was $-8,833 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.

Walgreen Co's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 is calculated as:

Days Sales Outstanding
=Account Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=2774/19605*91
=12.88

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

Walgreen Co's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2014 is calculated as:

Liquidation value
=Cash and Cash Equivalents-Total Liabilities+(0.75 * Account Receivable)+(0.5 * Inventory)
=1777-16297+0.75 * 2774+0.5 * 7213
=-8,833

* 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.

Walgreen Co Annual Data

Aug04Aug05Aug06Aug07Aug08Aug09Aug10Aug11Aug12Aug13
Accts Rec. 1,1691,3962,0632,2372,5272,4962,4502,4972,1672,632

Walgreen Co Quarterly Data

Nov11Feb12May12Aug12Nov12Feb13May13Aug13Nov13Feb14
Accts Rec. 2,5862,5092,2942,1672,2642,4812,4182,6322,7272,774
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