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First Solar Inc (NAS:FSLR)
Total Inventories
\$369 Mil (As of Sep. 2016)

First Solar Inc's total inventories for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was \$369 Mil. First Solar Inc's average total inventories from the quarter that ended in Jun. 2016 to the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was \$377 Mil.

In Ben Grahams calculation of liquidation value, inventory is only considered worth half of its book value. First Solar Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was \$375 Mil.

Inventory can be measured by days sales of inventory (DSI). First Solar Inc's days sales of inventory (DSI) for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was 49.97.

Days inventory indicates the number of days of goods in sales that a company has in the inventory. First Solar Inc's days inventory for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 was 68.53.

Inventory turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year. First Solar Inc's inventory turnover for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was 1.33.

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. First Solar Inc's inventory to revenue ratio for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 was 0.55.

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.

First Solar Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is

 Liquidation value (Q: Sep. 2016 ) = Cash and Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Account Receivable) + (0.5 * Inventory) = 2090.204 - 2141.901 + 0.75 * 323.049 + 0.5 * 369.086 = 375

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

First Solar Inc's Days Sales of Inventory for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 is

 Days Sales of Inventory (DSI) = Average Inventory (Q: Sep. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2016 ) * Days in Period = 376.795 / 688.029 * 365 / 4 = 49.97

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

First Solar Inc's Days Inventory for the three months ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as:

 Days Inventory = Average Inventory (Q: Sep. 2016 ) / Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Sep. 2016 ) * Days in Period = 376.795 / 501.749 * 365 / 4 = 68.53

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

First Solar Inc's Inventory Turnover for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

 Inventory Turnover = Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Sep. 2016 ) / Average Inventory (Q: Sep. 2016 ) = 501.749 / 376.795 = 1.33

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.

First Solar Inc's Inventory to Revenue for the quarter that ended in Sep. 2016 is calculated as

 Inventory to Revenue = Average Inventory (Q: Sep. 2016 ) / Revenue (Q: Sep. 2016 ) = 376.795 / 688.029 = 0.55

* 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.

First Solar Inc Annual Data

 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Inventory 17 40 122 153 196 476 435 389 505 380

First Solar Inc Quarterly Data

 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Inventory 385 445 505 497 482 379 380 444 385 369
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