Quick Ratio

Quick ratio – sometimes called the quick assets ratio or the acid-test-serves as an indicator of a company’s short-term liquidity, or its ability to meet its short-term obligations. In other words, it tests how much the company has in assets to pay off all of its liabilities.

Quick Ratio Definition

It measures the availability of assets which can quickly be converted into cash to cover current liabilities. It basically measures a company’s ability to meet these liabilities without needing to sell inventory. In other words, to meet liabilities, cash or quick assets can be sold off quickly if needed.
Excluded from this calculation is Inventory and other less liquid current assets.

The Target

A quick ratio of 1.00 or more is considered ‘safe’.

The Formula

Quick Ratio = (Cash & Money At Bank(s) + Accounts Receivable) / Total Current Liabilities

How to keep your Quick Ratio above the target

You should consider your results within the context of a company’s specific industry and its group of competitors.
If the company’s Ratio was less than 1.00, then the firm would have to sell inventory to raise some cash to meet its obligations
A ratio greater than 1.00 puts the company in a better position than a result less than 1.00 with regard to maintaining liquidity and not having to depend on selling inventory to pay its liabilities.

In summary

It goes without saying you need to keep your ratio above the target.  It’s not always that easy but maintaining a result near 1.00 if not above can be done by by managing debtors and keeping an eye on liabilities.
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