Turnover Ratios

The turnover ratios are used to check the efficiency of the company that how it uses its assets to earn revenue. The sales figure is compared with the assets (different assets) to measure how much of the assets are used to generate the number of sales.

In a business, there are requirements for different types of assets and these are used to generate the revenue of the business so that the business can run. The turnover ratios are categorized under efficiency ratios as these ratios measures how a company or business is utilizing its different assets to achieve its revenue. Here the ‘revenue’ is construed differently for each type of turnover ratios. For example, in receivable’s turnover ratio, only the amount of credit sales is used not the total sales figure and but for inventory turnover ratio, the total sales or the COGS is used. These ratios are more specific to the asset and revenue (denominator) is defined depending on the relationship between the asset and the revenue.

What is Turnover Ratio?

The turnover ratio can be defined as the ratio to calculate the quantity of any asset which is used by a business to generate revenue through its sales. It is the relation between the amount of company’s asset and the revenue generated from them. To be more precise, it is an efficiency ratio to check how efficiently the company is using different assets to extract earnings from them (individually as well as on a whole). A higher ratio is considered to be better as it would indicate that the company is optimally using the resources to earn revenue and it would imply a higher ROI and the funds invested are used the least.

Types of Turnover Ratios with Formula

Capital Employed Turnover Ratio

It indicates the relation between the capital employed in a business and the sales or revenue the business generates out of it. The capital whether used in a proper direction to generate revenue or not and how efficiently it has been employed is measured with this ratio. The formulae for

Capital employed turnover Ratio = Sales / Capital Employed

Total Asset Turnover Ratio

It is a ratio which determines the connection between the sales and the total asset of a company. It checks for the efficiency with which the company’s all assets are utilized to earn revenue. The formula for

Total Asset Turnover Ratio = Sales (Net Sales) / Total Assets of the Company 

Debtors Turnover Ratio

It is the ratio which calculates the quickness of the conversion of the debtors or credit sales amount to cash. It is also known as the receivables turnover ratio as it measures the credit sales against the average debtors for a year. The formula for

Debtors Turnover Ratio = Net Credit Sales / Average account Receivable

Fixed Asset Turnover Ratio

This is the ratio which measures how much sale is generated from churning the fixed assets of the company and how efficiently it is done. The fixed assets of a company are very crucial in revenue generation and thus the optimization of the fixed asset use increases the sales if done properly. The formula for

Fixed Asset Turnover Ratio = Sales or Net Sales / Fixed Assets

Average Collection Period

It shows the amount of time required to convert the credit sales into cash. It states the average time period given to the debtors to make their payments. The formula for

Average Collection Period or Debt Collection Period = Days in a year / Debtors Turnover Ratio

Inventory Turnover Ratio

It is also referred as the stock turnover ratio which is used to measure the number of sales generated from its inventory and how efficiently the inventories in a company is used. The formula for

Inventory Turnover Ratio = Cost of Goods Sold / Average Stock
Inventory Turnover Ratio= Sales / Closing Inventory.
Turnover Ratios

Uses of Turnover Ratios

The turnover ratios analysis is important to the internal as well as the external parties of the company. To the internal members like the managing body and the board of directors, they check this ratio to evaluate their efficiency in managing the different assets and liabilities and where to make the correction and increase their efficiency or not. For the external parties like the investors, creditors, they check these ratios to find out the capabilities of the company’s management and evaluate whether their investment will reap profit or go in vain. The Turnover Ratios uses to the debtors are to find how many days credit they will receive.1

Sanjay Bulaki Borad

Sanjay Bulaki Borad

Sanjay Borad is the founder & CEO of eFinanceManagement. He is passionate about keeping and making things simple and easy. Running this blog since 2009 and trying to explain "Financial Management Concepts in Layman's Terms".



2 thoughts on “Turnover Ratios”

  1. Hello sir I have a doubt regarding inventory turnover ratio , I have taken online course on finance in which they are describing formula as follow inventory turnover ratio = net sales / average inventory
    it is correct ?


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