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Varian Medical Systems Inc (NYSE:VAR)
Accounts Receivable
$732 Mil (As of Sep. 2014)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Varian Medical Systems Inc's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was $732 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Varian Medical Systems Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was 82.24.

In Ben Graham’s calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Varian Medical Systems Inc's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2014 was $10 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.

Varian Medical Systems 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
=731.929/812.1*365 / 4
=82.24

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

Varian Medical Systems 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)
=915.451-1740.87+0.75 * 731.929+0.5 * 572.261
=10

* 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.


Related Terms

Days Sales Outstanding, Revenue, NCAV, Cash and Cash Equivalents, Total Liabilities, Inventory


Historical Data

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

Varian Medical Systems Inc Annual Data

Sep05Sep06Sep07Sep08Sep09Sep10Sep11Sep12Sep13Sep14
Accts Rec. 352472507486581592635692698732

Varian Medical Systems Inc Quarterly Data

Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14Jun14Sep14
Accts Rec. 609692637723655698708786747732
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