Switch to:
Willis Group Holdings PLC (NYSE:WSH)
Net-Net Working Capital Per Share
\$-67.94 (As of Dec. 2014)

In calculating the Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC), Benjamin Graham assumed that a companys accounts receivable is only worth 75% its value, its inventory is only worth 50% of its value, but its liabilities have to be paid in full. In addition, Graham believed that preferred stock belongs on the liability side of the balance sheet, not as part of capital and surplus. This is a conservative way of estimating the companys value.

Willis Group Holdings PLC's net-net working capital per share for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 was \$-67.94.

Definition

Willis Group Holdings PLC's Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (A: Dec. 2014 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Acct. Receivable + 0.5 * Inventory - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock) / Shares Outstanding = (635 + 0.75 * 1044 + 0.5 * 0 - 13450 - 0) / 178.66 = -67.35

Willis Group Holdings PLC's Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC) per share for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2014 is calculated as

 Net-Net Working Capital Per Share (Q: Dec. 2014 ) = (Cash And Cash Equivalents + 0.75 * Acct. Receivable + 0.5 * Inventory - Total Liabilities - Preferred Stock) / Shares Outstanding = (635 + 0.75 * 1044 + 0.5 * 0 - 13450 - 0) / 177.10 = -67.94

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

In calculating the Net-Net Working Capital (NNWC), Benjamin Graham assumed that a companys accounts receivable is only worth 75% its value, its inventory is only worth 50% of its value, but its liabilities have to be paid in full.

In addition, Graham believed that preferred stock belongs on the liability side of the balance sheet, not as part of capital and surplus. In "Security Analysis", preferred stock is dubbed "an imperfect creditorship position" that is best placed on the balance sheet alongside funded debt.

This is a conservative way of estimating the companys value.

Explanation

One research study, covering the years 1970 through 1983 showed that portfolios picked at the beginning of each year, and held for one year, returned 29.4 percent, on average, over the 13-year period, compared to 11.5 percent for the S&P 500 Index. Other studies of Grahams strategy produced similar results.

Benjamin Graham looked for companies whose market values were less than two-thirds of their net-net value. They are collected under our Net-Net screener. GuruFocus also publishes a monthly Net-Net newsletter.

Related Terms

Historical Data

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

Willis Group Holdings PLC Annual Data

 Dec05 Dec06 Dec07 Dec08 Dec09 Dec10 Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 NNWC -29.61 -31.88 -36.16 -45.17 -74.78 -72.13 -69.76 -70.54 -61.55 -67.35

Willis Group Holdings PLC Quarterly Data

 Sep12 Dec12 Mar13 Jun13 Sep13 Dec13 Mar14 Jun14 Sep14 Dec14 NNWC -76.59 -70.54 -72.59 -72.33 -67.35 -61.55 -13.74 -69.99 -65.01 -67.94
Get WordPress Plugins for easy affiliate links on Stock Tickers and Guru Names | Earn affiliate commissions by embedding GuruFocus Charts
GuruFocus Affiliate Program: Earn up to \$400 per referral. ( Learn More)