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Working Capital

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Balance Sheet
How to collect accounts receivable
Quick Ratio Analysis
Current Ratio Analysis
Financial Ratios

What is Working Capital?

Use the following formula to figure out what is working capital.

Formula: Current Assets – Current Liabilities = Working Capital

Working Capital Definition

The Working Capital definition or WC is the difference between Current Assets versus Current Liabilities. Current Assets are those assets that will be turned into cash within one year, whereas Current Liabilities are those liabilities due within one year. This calculation represents the liquidity that a company has to meet its obligations coming due in the next 12 months. Though the amount should be positive, it can be a negative amount in times of distress.

Often used as a management tool, track the change in WC on a weekly basis. A company that is generating profits is usually increasing their WC. In comparison, declining profits often consume WC.

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Working Capital Definition

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