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Wal-Mart Stores Inc  (NYSE:WMT) Accounts Receivable: \$5,865 Mil (As of Oct. 2017)

Accounts Receivable are created when a customer has received a product but has not yet paid for that product. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's accounts receivables for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was \$5,865 Mil.

Accounts receivable can be measured by Days Sales Outstanding. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was 4.34.

In Ben Graham's calculation of liquidation value, accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value. Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Net-Net Working Capital for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was \$-96,771 Mil.

Historical Data

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

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Annual Data

 Jan08 Jan09 Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Jan17 Accounts Receivable 6,768.00 6,677.00 6,778.00 5,624.00 5,835.00

Wal-Mart Stores Inc Quarterly Data

 Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17 Oct17 Accounts Receivable 5,344.00 5,835.00 5,252.00 5,395.00 5,865.00

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.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Days Sales Outstanding for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 is calculated as:

 Days Sales Outstanding = Accounts Receivable / Revenue * Days in Period = 5865 / 123179 * 91 = 4.34

2. In Ben Graham's calculation of liquidation value, Wal-Mart Stores Inc's accounts receivable are only considered to be worth 75% of book value:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 is calculated as:

 Liquidation value = Cash And Cash Equivalents - Total Liabilities + (0.75 * Accounts Receivable) + (0.5 * Total Inventories) = 7026 - 133269 + 0.75 * 5865 + 0.5 * 50147 = -96,771

* 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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