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Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE:CAG)
Accounts Receivable
\$601 Mil (As of Feb. 2017)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Conagra Brands Inc's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 was \$601 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Conagra Brands Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 was 27.70.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Conagra Brands Inc's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 was \$-4,537 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.

Conagra Brands Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 is calculated as:

 Days Sales Outstanding = Account Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 601.4 / 1981.2 * 91 = 27.70

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

Conagra Brands Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 is calculated as:

 Liquidation value = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 683.6 - 6194.8 + 0.75 * 601.4 + 0.5 * 1046.4 = -4,537

* 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.

Conagra Brands Inc Annual Data

 May07 May08 May09 May10 May11 May12 May13 May14 May15 May16 Accts Rec. 819 891 755 850 849 925 1,279 1,058 739 837

Conagra Brands Inc Quarterly Data

 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 Accts Rec. 1,201 1,051 739 837 894 850 837 847 700 601
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