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Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN)
Asset Turnover
0.43 (As of Feb. 2017)

Asset Turnover measures how quickly a company turns over its asset through sales. It is calculated as Revenue divided by Average Total Assets. Accenture PLC's Revenue for the three months ended in Feb. 2017 was \$8,762 Mil. Accenture PLC's Average Total Assets for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 was \$20,261 Mil. Therefore, Accenture PLC's asset turnover for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 was 0.43.

Asset Turnover is linked to Return on Equity (ROE) through Du Pont Formula. Accenture PLC's annualized Return on Equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 was 43.62%. It is also linked to Return on Assets (ROA) through Du Pont Formula. Accenture PLC's annualized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 was 16.56%.

Definition

Asset Turnover measures how quickly a company turns over its asset through sales.

Accenture PLC's Asset Turnover for the fiscal year that ended in Aug. 2016 is calculated as

 Asset Turnover = Sales / Average Total Assets = Revenue (A: Aug. 2016 ) / ( (Total Assets (A: Aug. 2015 ) + Total Assets (A: Aug. 2016 )) / 2 ) = 34797.661 / ( (18202.647 + 20609.004) / 2 ) = 34797.661 / 19405.8255 = 1.79

Accenture PLC's Asset Turnover for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 is calculated as

 Asset Turnover = Sales / Average Total Assets = Revenue (Q: Feb. 2017 ) / ( (Total Assets (Q: Nov. 2016 ) + Total Assets (Q: Feb. 2017 )) / 2 ) = 8762.182 / ( (20443.741 + 20078.773) / 2 ) = 8762.182 / 20261.257 = 0.43

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

Companies with low profit margins tend to have high asset turnover, while those with high profit margins have low asset turnover. Companies in the retail industry tend to have a very high turnover ratio.

Explanation

Asset Turnover is linked to Return on Equity (ROE) through Du Pont Formula.

Accenture PLC's annulized Return on Equity (ROE) for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 is

 Return on Equity (ROE) (Q: Feb. 2017 ) = Net Income / Average Shareholder Equity = 3355.008 / 7690.669 = (Net Income / Revenue) * (Revenue / Average Total Assets) * (Average Total Assets / Average Equity) = (3355.008 / 35048.728) * (35048.728 / 20261.257) * (20261.257 / 7690.669) = Net Profit Margin * Asset Turnover * Leverage Ratio = 9.57 % * 1.7298 * 2.6345 = Return on Assets * Leverage Ratio = 16.56 % * 2.6345 = 43.62 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Feb. 2017) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Feb. 2017) revenue data.

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

It is also linked to Return on Assets (ROA) through Du Pont Formula:

Accenture PLC's annulized Return on Assets (ROA) for the quarter that ended in Feb. 2017 is

 Return on Assets (ROA) (Q: Feb. 2017 ) = Net Income / Average Total Assets = 3355.008 / 20261.257 = (Net Income / Revenue) * (Revenue / Average Total Assets) = (3355.008 / 35048.728) * (35048.728 / 20261.257) = Net Profit Margin * Asset Turnover = 9.57 % * 1.7298 = 16.56 %

Note: The Net Income data used here is four times the quarterly (Feb. 2017) net income data. The Revenue data used here is four times the quarterly (Feb. 2017) revenue data.

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

Be Aware

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.

Therefore, it is a good sign if a company's asset turnover is consistent or even increases. If a company's asset grows faster than sales, its asset turnover will decline, which can be a warning sign.

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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.

Accenture PLC Annual Data

 Aug07 Aug08 Aug09 Aug10 Aug11 Aug12 Aug13 Aug14 Aug15 Aug16 turnover 2.12 2.19 1.88 1.84 1.92 1.84 1.81 1.83 1.82 1.79

Accenture PLC Quarterly Data

 Nov14 Feb15 May15 Aug15 Nov15 Feb16 May16 Aug16 Nov16 Feb17 turnover 0.47 0.46 0.48 0.47 0.47 0.47 0.48 0.45 0.44 0.43
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