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Family Dollar Stores Inc (NYSE:FDO)
Accounts Receivable
\$73 Mil (As of May. 2015)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Family Dollar Stores Inc's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in May. 2015 was \$73 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Family Dollar Stores Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in May. 2015 was 2.43.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Family Dollar Stores Inc's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in May. 2015 was \$-989 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.

Family Dollar Stores Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in May. 2015 is calculated as:

 Days Sales Outstanding = Account Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 72.649 / 2728.176 * 91 = 2.43

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

Family Dollar Stores Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in May. 2015 is calculated as:

 Liquidation value = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 219.996 - 2078.982 + 0.75 * 72.649 + 0.5 * 1631.925 = -989

* 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.

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Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their own currency.

Family Dollar Stores Inc Annual Data

 Aug05 Aug06 Aug07 Aug08 Aug09 Aug10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Accts Rec. 0 2 44 7 9 0 10 0 13 64

Family Dollar Stores Inc Quarterly Data

 Feb13 May13 Aug13 Nov13 Feb14 May14 Aug14 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Accts Rec. 13 4 13 0 35 38 64 44 66 73
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