Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Accounts receivable turnover

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Accounts receivable turnover

Paisley: Hey Robert, do you know what accounts receivable turnover means in business?

Robert: Yes, Paisley. It’s a financial ratio that measures how efficiently a company collects payments from its customers.

Paisley: Right. So, a higher turnover ratio means the company is collecting payments faster, correct?

Robert: Exactly. It indicates that the company is efficiently managing its accounts receivable and converting them into cash quickly.

Paisley: That’s important for a company’s cash flow, isn’t it?

Robert: Absolutely. Faster collection of accounts receivable means more cash on hand for the company to use for operations or investments.

Paisley: How do you calculate the accounts receivable turnover ratio?

Robert: It’s calculated by dividing the net credit sales by the average accounts receivable during a specific period.

Paisley: So, if a company has $1,000,000 in net credit sales and an average accounts receivable of $200,000, the turnover ratio would be 5?

Robert: Yes, precisely. A turnover ratio of 5 means that, on average, the company collects its accounts receivable 5 times during the period.

Paisley: What’s considered a good turnover ratio?

Robert: It depends on the industry, but generally, a higher turnover ratio indicates better efficiency in collecting payments.

Paisley: So, a higher ratio means the company is doing well in managing its receivables?

Robert: That’s correct. It suggests that the company is effectively converting credit sales into cash, which is favorable for its financial health.

Paisley: Thanks for explaining, Robert. I have a clearer understanding of accounts receivable turnover now.

Robert: You’re welcome, Paisley. If you have any more questions about finance or business, feel free to ask anytime.