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CVS Health Corp (NYSE:CVS)
Accounts Receivable
\$12,164 Mil (As of Dec. 2016)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. CVS Health Corp's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$12,164 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. CVS Health Corp's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 24.14.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. CVS Health Corp's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was \$-37,671 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.

CVS Health 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 = 12164 / 45971 * 91 = 24.14

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

CVS Health 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) = 3458 - 57632 + 0.75 * 12164 + 0.5 * 14760 = -37,671

* 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.

CVS Health Corp Annual Data

 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Accts Rec. 4,580 5,384 5,457 4,925 6,047 6,479 8,729 9,687 11,888 12,164

CVS Health Corp Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 Accts Rec. 10,828 9,687 10,162 10,892 12,804 11,888 13,025 13,183 13,625 12,164
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