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Walgreen Co (NYSE:WAG)
Accounts Receivable
\$3,218 Mil (As of Aug. 2014)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Walgreen Co's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 was \$3,218 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Walgreen Co's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 was 15.41.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Walgreen Co's Liquidation Value for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 was \$-8,628 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.

Walgreen Co's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 is calculated as:

 Days Sales Outstanding = Account Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 3218 / 19057 * 91 = 15.41

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

Walgreen Co's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Aug. 2014 is calculated as:

 Liquidation value = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 2646 - 16725 + 0.75 * 3218 + 0.5 * 6076 = -8,628

* 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.

Walgreen Co Annual Data

 Aug05 Aug06 Aug07 Aug08 Aug09 Aug10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Accts Rec. 1,396 2,063 2,237 2,527 2,496 2,450 2,497 2,167 2,632 3,218

Walgreen Co Quarterly Data

 May12 Aug12 Nov12 Feb13 May13 Aug13 Nov13 Feb14 May14 Aug14 Accts Rec. 2,294 2,167 2,264 2,481 2,418 2,632 2,727 2,774 3,029 3,218
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