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Safeway Inc (NYSE:SWY)
Accounts Receivable
\$591 Mil (As of Sep. 2014)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Safeway Inc's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was \$591 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Safeway Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 6.50.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Safeway Inc's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was \$-4,302 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.

Safeway Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as:

 Days Sales Outstanding = Account Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 591.4 / 8307.9 * 91 = 6.50

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

Safeway Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 is calculated as:

 Liquidation value = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 1348.7 - 7253.2 + 0.75 * 591.4 + 0.5 * 2317.6 = -4,302

* 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.

Safeway Inc Annual Data

 Dec04 Dec05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Accts Rec. 339 351 461 578 515 522 557 652 909 1,211

Safeway Inc Quarterly Data

 Jun12 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Accts Rec. 614 561 909 593 612 557 1,211 606 330 591
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