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Alkermes PLC (NAS:ALKS)
Quick Ratio
3.43 (As of Dec. 2016)

The quick ratio measures a company's ability to meet its short-term obligations with its most liquid assets. It is calculated as a company's Total Current Assets excludes Inventory divides by its Total Current Liabilities. Alkermes PLC's quick ratio for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 was 3.43.

Alkermes PLC has a quick ratio of 3.43. It generally indicates good short-term financial strength.

ALKS' s Quick Ratio Range Over the Past 10 Years
Min: 2.69   Max: 35.69
Current: 3.43

2.69
35.69

During the past 13 years, Alkermes PLC's highest Quick Ratio was 35.69. The lowest was 2.69. And the median was 5.16.

ALKS's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
53% of the 920 Companies
in the Global Biotechnology industry.

( Industry Median: 3.77 vs. ALKS: 3.43 )

Definition

The quick ratio measures a company's ability to meet its short-term obligations with its most liquid assets. For this reason, the ratio excludes inventories from current assets.

Alkermes PLC's Quick Ratio for the fiscal year that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Quick Ratio (A: Dec. 2016 ) = (Total Current Assets - Inventory) / Total Current Liabilities = (790.678 - 62.998) / 211.993 = 3.43

Alkermes PLC's Quick Ratio for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2016 is calculated as

 Quick Ratio (Q: Dec. 2016 ) = (Total Current Assets - Inventory) / Total Current Liabilities = (790.678 - 62.998) / 211.993 = 3.43

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

Explanation

The quick ratio is more conservative than the current ratio because it excludes inventories from current assets. The ratio derives its name presumably from the fact that assets such as cash and marketable securities are quick sources of cash. Inventories generally take time to be converted into cash, and if they have to be sold quickly, the company may have to accept a lower price than book value of these inventories. As a result, they are justifiably excluded from assets that are ready sources of immediate cash.

In general, low or decreasing quick ratios generally suggest that a company is over-leveraged, struggling to maintain or grow sales, paying bills too quickly or collecting receivables too slowly. On the other hand, a high or increasing quick ratio generally indicates that a company is experiencing solid top-line growth, quickly converting receivables into cash, and easily able to cover its financial obligations. Such companies often have faster inventory turnover and cash conversion cycles.

The higher the quick ratio, the better the company's liquidity position.

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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.

Alkermes PLC Annual Data

 Mar07 Mar08 Mar09 Mar10 Mar11 Mar12 Mar13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 quick ratio 6.68 9.38 5.16 3.48 4.84 3.36 4.25 6.32 3.03 3.43

Alkermes PLC Quarterly Data

 Sep14 Dec14 Mar15 Jun15 Sep15 Dec15 Mar16 Jun16 Sep16 Dec16 quick ratio 6.92 6.32 8.36 7.29 4.81 3.03 3.54 3.72 3.96 3.43
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