Solvency ratio is used to analyze the company’s financial position. The current ratio helps investors and creditors understand the liquidity of a company and how easily that company will be able to pay off its current liabilities. This ratio expresses a firm’s current debt in terms of current asset. The current ratio also sheds light on the overall debt burden of the company. If a company is weighted down with a current debt, its cash flow will suffer. Let us discuss.
Current Ratio (CR)
It is used to analyze the ability of the company to pay off its current liabilities. This ratio considers the current assets which includes both liquid and illiquid assets relative to company’s current liabilities. It is known as “current “as it incorporates all current assets and liabilities for a shorter duration of time. It basically means how fast a company can liquidate its assets to pair of its current liabilities. It is also known as the Working Capital Ratio as it determines the working capital requirement and status of the company.
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Impact of Current Ratio
A higher CR is always more favorable than a lower current ratio because it shows the company can more easily make current debt payments. If a company has to sell of fixed assets to pay for its current liabilities, this usually means the company isn’t making enough from operations to support activities. In other words, the company is losing money. Sometimes this is the result of poor collections of accounts receivable. ideally, the current ratio should be greater than or equal to 1, which implies that it is able to settle its current liabilities.
For creditors, this ratio plays a vital role in determining the capability of the company pay back its debt timely and to assess the financial liquidity.Similarly, it helps investors to assess the strength of the company’s operation and capability of future earnings and growth prospects via assessing the company’s working capital feasibility.
Current Ratio Formula:
Current ratio = Current Assets/Current Liabilities
Therefore, a firm with current assets of Rs 1,59,851 and current liabilities of Rs. 64,527 would have CR of 1,59,851 /64,527 = 2.48
The above ratio of 2.48 implies that the company is liquid enough to settle its current liabilities as and when they arise.
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Suppose we want to look at the current ratio of Adani Enterprises Ltd. of last 5 years. In the Fundamental tab of current ratio, click on the fundamentals tab, we will get Ratios tab. Then in the Ratios tab click on Solvency Ratios, CR will come of Adani Enterprises Ltd.
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