Advanced English Dialogue for Business – Acid test ratio

Listen to a Business English Dialogue About Acid test ratio

Zoey: Hi Danielle, have you ever heard of the acid test ratio in finance?

Danielle: No, I haven’t. What is it about?

Zoey: The acid test ratio, also known as the quick ratio, measures a company’s ability to pay off its current liabilities with its most liquid assets, excluding inventory.

Danielle: That sounds important for understanding a company’s financial health. How is it calculated?

Zoey: It’s calculated by dividing the sum of cash, cash equivalents, and accounts receivable by the total current liabilities. It provides a more conservative measure of liquidity compared to the current ratio.

Danielle: I see. So, a higher acid test ratio indicates a company has more liquid assets relative to its current liabilities?

Zoey: Exactly. A ratio of 1 or higher is typically considered healthy, as it suggests a company can meet its short-term obligations without relying too much on inventory.

Danielle: Are there any drawbacks to relying solely on the acid test ratio for financial analysis?

Zoey: One limitation is that it doesn’t consider the quality of receivables or the timing of cash flows, so it’s important to use it in conjunction with other financial metrics for a comprehensive assessment.

Danielle: That makes sense. It seems like the acid test ratio provides valuable insights into a company’s liquidity position.

Zoey: Absolutely. It’s a key tool for investors and analysts to gauge a company’s short-term financial strength and stability.

Danielle: Thank you for explaining, Zoey. I’ll definitely keep the acid test ratio in mind for future financial analysis.

Zoey: You’re welcome, Danielle. It’s always good to have a range of financial metrics at your disposal for making informed decisions.