- The average collection period of 29.41 days when compared to the typical 32 days between a sale date and the payment due date suggests that the company has adequate to strong controls surrounding its credit-granting activity.
The average number of days to collect an account receivable is computed as follows:

**TIP**: A **ratio** is an expression of the relationship of one item (or group of items) to a second item (or group of items). It is determined by dividing the first item (amount) by the second item (amount). The relationship may be expressed either as a percentage, a rate, or a simple proportion.

For example: If A is $100,000 and B is $25,000 the ratio of A to B can be expressed in several ways, such as the following:

A:B | A/B |

4:1 | 4.00 |

4 to 1 | $4.00 |

4 times | 400% |

The way in which the ratio is expressed depends on the particular ratio. If it is the current ratio, it would likely be expressed as a proportion (4:1 or 4 to 1) or as a rate (4 times). If it is the debt to stockholders' equity ratio, it would likely be expressed as a percentage (400%).

**TIP**: In this chapter we look at the financial ratio used to assess the liquidity of receivables--the receivables ...

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