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Airgas Inc (NYSE:ARG)
Total Inventories
\$460 Mil (As of Mar. 2016)

Airgas Inc's total inventories for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was \$460 Mil. Airgas Inc's average total inventories from the quarter that ended in Dec. 2015 to the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was \$472 Mil.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, inventory is only considered worth half of its book value. Airgas Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was \$-3,304 Mil.

Inventory can be measured by days sales of inventory (DSI). Airgas Inc's days sales of inventory (DSI) for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was 33.31.

Days inventory indicates the number of days of goods in sales that a company has in the inventory. Airgas Inc's days inventory for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 was 78.42.

Inventory turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year. Airgas Inc's inventory turnover for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was 1.16.

Inventory to revenue ratio determines the ability of a company to manage their inventory levels. It measures the percentage of Inventories the company currently has on hand to support the current amount of Revenue. Airgas Inc's inventory to revenue ratio for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 was 0.37.

Definition

Total Inventories includes the raw materials, work-in-process goods and completely finished goods of a company. It is a portion of a companys current assets.

Explanation

Inventory control is an important part of business operation. If a company does not have enough inventory, it may not be able to meet customers required delivery time. If it has too much inventory, the cost of holding the inventory can be high.

1. In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, inventory is only considered worth half of its book value.

Airgas Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is

 Liquidation value (Q: Mar. 2016 ) = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 55.809 - 4089.658 + 0.75 * 667.399 + 0.5 * 459.521 = -3,304

2. Inventory can be measured by Days Sales of Inventory (DSI).

Airgas Inc's Days Sales of Inventory for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 is

 Days Sales of Inventory (DSI) = Average Inventory (Q: Mar. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2016 ) * Days in Period = 472.3755 / 1294.084 * 365 / 4 = 33.31

3. Days Inventory indicates the number of days of goods in sales that a company has in the inventory.

Airgas Inc's Days Inventory for the three months ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as:

 Days Inventory = Average Inventory (Q: Mar. 2016 ) / Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Mar. 2016 ) * Days in Period = 472.3755 / 549.677 * 365 / 4 = 78.42

4. Inventory Turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year.

Airgas Inc's Inventory Turnover for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Mar. 2016 ) / Average Inventory (Q: Mar. 2016 ) = 549.677 / 472.3755 = 1.16

5. Inventory to Revenue determines the ability of a company to manage their inventory levels. It measures the percentage of Inventories the company currently has on hand to support the current amount of Revenue.

Airgas Inc's Inventory to Revenue for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2016 is calculated as

 Inventory to Revenue = Average Inventory (Q: Mar. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Mar. 2016 ) = 472.3755 / 1294.084 = 0.37

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

Be Aware

Manufacturers with durable competitive advantages have the advantage that the products they sell do not change, and therefore will never become obsolete. Buffett likes this advantage.

When identifying manufacturers with durable competitive advantage, look for inventory and net earnings that rise correspondingly. This indicates that the company is finding profitable ways to increase sales which called for an increase in inventory.

Manufacturers with inventories that spike up and down are indicative of competitive industries subject to boom and bust.

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Historical Data

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

Airgas Inc Annual Data

 Mar07 Mar08 Mar09 Mar10 Mar11 Mar12 Mar13 Mar14 Mar15 Mar16 Inventory 250 331 390 334 363 408 475 478 474 460

Airgas Inc Quarterly Data

 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Inventory 489 478 480 488 500 474 461 471 485 460
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