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The Western Union Co (NYSE:WU)
Days Sales Outstanding
88.30 (As of Dec. 2016)

The Western Union Co's account receivable for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,327 Mil. The Western Union Co's revenue for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was $1,372 Mil. Hence, The Western Union Co's days sales outstanding for the three months ended in Dec. 2016 was 88.30.

WU' s Days Sales Outstanding Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 0.87   Max: 89.34
Current: 89.34

0.87
89.34

During the past 13 years, The Western Union Co's highest Days Sales Outstanding was 89.34. The lowest was 0.87. And the median was 65.54.

WU's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked lower than
77% of the 183 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 13.24 vs. WU: 89.34 )

The Western Union Co's days sales outstanding increased from Dec. 2015 (70.78) to Dec. 2016 (88.30).


Definition

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.

Account receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding.

The Western Union Co's Days Sales Outstanding for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

Days Sales Outstanding=Account Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=1327.3/5422.9*365
=89.34

The Western Union Co's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as:

Days Sales Outstanding=Account Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=1327.3/1371.7*365 / 4
=88.30

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Explanation

For retailers, when we compare Days Sales Outstanding, it is important to compare the same period in the previous years.


Related Terms

Account Receivable, Revenue


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

The Western Union Co Annual Data

Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13Dec14Dec15Dec16
DaysSalesOutstanding 70.351.370.870.0069.571.0164.6365.5471.2589.34

The Western Union Co Quarterly Data

Sep14Dec14Mar15Jun15Sep15Dec15Mar16Jun16Sep16Dec16
DaysSalesOutstanding 0.0065.1771.3169.8872.7070.7881.6977.1774.0088.30
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