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Westlake Chemical Corp (NYSE:WLK)
Accounts Receivable
\$810 Mil (As of Dec. 2016)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Westlake Chemical Corp's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$810 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Westlake Chemical Corp's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 42.58.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Westlake Chemical Corp's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$-5,899 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.

Westlake Chemical 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 = 809.73 / 1735.18 * 91 = 42.58

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

Westlake Chemical 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) = 459.453 - 7366.624 + 0.75 * 809.73 + 0.5 * 801.1 = -5,899

* 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.

Westlake Chemical Corp Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Accts Rec. 507 347 340 363 380 378 399 512 439 810

Westlake Chemical Corp Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Accts Rec. 563 512 487 576 495 439 451 493 908 810
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