Average Collection Period Interpretation
What is Average Collection Period
Average Collection Period represents the average number of days it takes the company to convert receivables into cash.
Average Collection Period formula is:
Average\;Collection\;Period = \frac{365}{Receivables\;Turnover\;Ratio}
Receivables Turnover Ratio formula is:
Receivables\;Turnover\;Ratio = \frac{Annual\;credit\;sales}{\frac{Beginning\;Receivables\;balance\;+\;Ending\;Receivables\;balance}{2}}
Average collection period measures the average number of days that accounts receivable are outstanding. This activity ratio should be the same or lower than the company's credit terms.
Average Collection Period Analysis
As a rule, outstanding receivables should not exceed credit terms by more than 1015 days.
If you allow various types of credit transactions, then the average collection period MUST be also calculated separately for each category.
This ratio takes in consideration ONLY the credit sales. If the cash sales are included, the ratio will be affected and may lose its significance. It is best to use average accounts receivable to avoid seasonality effects. If the company uses discounts, those discounts must be taken into consideration when calculate net accounts receivable.
Average Collection Period is figured as days. A popular variant of this ratio is to convert it into receivables turnover ratio in terms of "turnover times".
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Average Collection Period calculator measures the average number of days it takes the company to convert outstanding receivables into cash.
Average Collection Period is frequently used together with Receivables Turnover Ratio. Average Collection Period formula is:
Average\;Collection\;Period = \frac{365}{Receivables\;Turnover\;Ratio}
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Definitions and terms used in Average Collection Period Calculator
 Annual credit sales
 The amount of revenue generated by a company after the deduction of returns, allowances for damaged or missing goods and any discounts allowed and sold on credit.
 Receivables
 Money owed to a company by customers (individuals or corporations) for goods or services that have been delivered or used, but not yet paid for. In it is also known as Sales on credit.