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John Wiley & Sons Inc  (NYSE:JW.A) Accounts Receivable: $199 Mil (As of Jul. 2017)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. John Wiley & Sons Inc's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 was $199 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. John Wiley & Sons Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 was 44.04.

In Ben Graham's calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. John Wiley & Sons Inc's Net-Net Working Capital for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 was $-1,401 Mil.


Historical Data

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

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John Wiley & Sons Inc Annual Data

Apr08 Apr09 Apr10 Apr11 Apr12 Apr13 Apr14 Apr15 Apr16 Apr17
Accounts Receivable Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 161.73 149.73 147.18 167.64 188.68

John Wiley & Sons Inc Quarterly Data

Oct12 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17
Accounts Receivable Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 213.97 212.59 220.85 188.68 198.58

Calculation

Accounts Receivable is money owed to a business by customers and shown on its Balance Sheet as an asset.


Explanation

1. Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Days Sales Outstanding measures of the average number of days that a company takes to collect revenue after a sale has been made. It is a financial ratio that illustrates how well a company's accounts receivables are being managed.

John Wiley & Sons Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 is calculated as:

Days Sales Outstanding
=Accounts Receivable/Revenue*Days in Period
=198.576/411.444*91
=44.04

2. In Ben Graham's calculation of liquidation value, John Wiley & Sons Inc's accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value:

John Wiley & Sons Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 is calculated as:

Liquidation value
=Cash And Cash Equivalents-Total Liabilities+(0.75 * Accounts Receivable)+(0.5 * Total Inventories)
=84.113-1657.886+0.75 * 198.576+0.5 * 47.892
=-1,401

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


Be Aware

Net receivables tells us a great deal about the different competitors in the same industry. In competitive industries, some attempt to gain advantage by offering better credit terms, causing increase in sales and receivables.

If company consistently shows lower % Net receivables to gross sales than competitors, then it usually has some kind of competitive advantage which requires further digging.

Average Days Sales Outstanding is a good indicator for measuring a company's sales channel and customers. A company may book great revenue and earnings growth but never receive payment from their customers. This may force a write-off in the future and depress future earnings.


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