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Western Union Co (NYSE:WU)
Total Assets
$9,923 Mil (As of Mar. 2014)

Western Union Co's total assets for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was $9,923 Mil.

Warning Sign:

If a company builds asset at 10.1% a year, faster than its revenue growth rate of 8.4% over the past 5 years, it means that the company may be getting less efficent.

During the past 12 months, Western Union Co's average Total Assets Growth Rate was 1.90% per year. During the past 3 years, the average Total Assets Growth Rate was 11.30% per year. During the past 5 years, the average Total Assets Growth Rate was 10.10% per year.

During the past 13 years, Western Union Co's highest 3-Year average Total Assets Growth Rate was 18.60%. The lowest was 0.00%. And the median was 11.00%.

Total Assets is connected with Return on Assets (ROA). Western Union Co's annualized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was 8.20%. Total Assets is also linked to revenue through asset turnover. Western Union Co's asset turnover for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 was 0.14.


Definition

Total assets are all the assets a company owns.

From the capital sources of the assets, some of the assets are funded through shareholder’s paid in capital and retained earnings of the business. Others are funded through borrowed money.

Western Union Co's Total Assets for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2013 is calculated as

Total Assets=Total Current Assets+Total Long Term Assets
=Total Current Assets+(Net PPE+Intangibles+Other Long-Term Assets)
=5527.6+(209.9+4005.8+378)
=10,121

Total Assets=Total Shareholder’s Equity (A: Dec. 2013 )+Total Liabilities (A: Dec. 2013 )
=1104.7+9016.6
=10,121

Western Union Co's Total Assets for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is calculated as

Total Assets=Total Current Assets+Total Long Term Assets
=Total Current Assets+(Net PPE+Intangibles+Other Long-Term Assets)
=5209.9+(214+4004.1+494.6)
=9,923

Total Assets=Total Shareholder’s Equity (Q: Mar. 2014 )+Total Liabilities (Q: Mar. 2014 )
=1067.7+8854.9
=9,923

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


Explanation

Total Assets is connected with Return on Assets.

Western Union Co's annualized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is

Return on Assets (ROA)=Net Income (Q: Mar. 2014 )/Total Assets (Q: Mar. 2014 )
=812/9922.6
=8.20 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Mar. 2014) net income data.

In the article Joining The Dark Side: Pirates, Spies and Short Sellers, James Montier reported that In their US sample covering the period 1968-2003, Cooper et al find that firms with low asset growth outperformed firms with high asset growth by an astounding 20% p.a. equally weighted. Even when controlling for market, size and style, low asset growth firms outperformed high asset growth firms by 13% p.a. Therefore a company with fast asset growth may underperform.

Total Assets is linked to total revenue through Asset Turnover.

Western Union Co's Asset Turnover for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2014 is

Asset Turnover=Total Sales/Total Assets
=Revenue (Q: Mar. 2014 )/Total Assets (Q: Mar. 2014 )
=1350.8/9922.6
=0.14

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

Therefore, if a company grows its assets faster than its sales, the asset turnover will decline. This might be a warning sign for the business.


Related Terms

Return on Assets, Assets Turnover, Net Income, Revenue, Total Current Assets, Net PPE, Intangibles, Other Long-Term Assets, Total Shareholder’s Equity, Total Liability


Historical Data

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

Western Union Co Annual Data

Dec04Dec05Dec06Dec07Dec08Dec09Dec10Dec11Dec12Dec13
Total Assets 04,5895,3215,7845,5787,3537,9299,0709,46610,121

Western Union Co Quarterly Data

Dec11Mar12Jun12Sep12Dec12Mar13Jun13Sep13Dec13Mar14
Total Assets 9,0709,1989,1669,3559,4669,3629,5899,94110,1219,923
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