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3M Co. (NYSE:MMM)

Analysis of Short-term (Operating) Activity Ratios

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Short-term Activity Ratios (Summary)

3M Co., short-term (operating) activity ratios

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Turnover Ratios
Inventory turnover 3.92 4.15 3.82 3.97 4.44
Receivables turnover 6.84 6.71 6.53 6.45 6.86
Payables turnover 6.48 7.69 7.36 8.23 8.36
Working capital turnover 4.58 8.57 5.07 4.80 5.47
Average No. Days
Average inventory processing period 93 88 96 92 82
Add: Average receivable collection period 53 54 56 57 53
Operating cycle 146 142 152 149 135
Less: Average payables payment period 56 47 50 44 44
Cash conversion cycle 90 95 102 105 91

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. 3M Co.’s inventory turnover ratio improved from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. 3M Co.’s receivables turnover ratio improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. 3M Co.’s payables turnover ratio increased from 2018 to 2019 but then decreased significantly from 2019 to 2020.
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital. 3M Co.’s working capital turnover ratio improved from 2018 to 2019 but then deteriorated significantly from 2019 to 2020.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average inventory processing period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by inventory turnover over the period. 3M Co.’s number of days of inventory outstanding improved from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover. 3M Co.’s number of days of receivables outstanding improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. 3M Co.’s operating cycle improved from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly deteriorated from 2019 to 2020.
Average payables payment period An estimate of the average number of days it takes a company to pay its suppliers; equal to the number of days in the period divided by payables turnover ratio for the period. 3M Co.’s number of days of payables outstanding decreased from 2018 to 2019 but then increased from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.
Cash conversion cycle A financial metric that measures the length of time required for a company to convert cash invested in its operations to cash received as a result of its operations; equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period minus average payables payment period. 3M Co.’s cash conversion cycle improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Inventory Turnover

3M Co., inventory turnover calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Cost of sales 16,605  17,136  16,682  16,001  15,040 
Inventories 4,239  4,134  4,366  4,034  3,385 
Short-term Activity Ratio
Inventory turnover1 3.92 4.15 3.82 3.97 4.44
Benchmarks
Inventory Turnover, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 3.80 4.74 4.81 4.19 3.91
Honeywell International Inc. 4.94 5.51 6.71 5.98 6.22
Inventory Turnover, Sector
General Industrials 4.78 4.95 4.43 4.31
Inventory Turnover, Industry
Industrials 3.60 4.10 4.35 4.32

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Inventory turnover = Cost of sales ÷ Inventories
= 16,605 ÷ 4,239 = 3.92

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. 3M Co.’s inventory turnover ratio improved from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.

Receivables Turnover

3M Co., receivables turnover calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net sales 32,184  32,136  32,765  31,657  30,109 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances 4,705  4,791  5,020  4,911  4,392 
Short-term Activity Ratio
Receivables turnover1 6.84 6.71 6.53 6.45 6.86
Benchmarks
Receivables Turnover, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 4.37 5.22 5.71 4.63 4.59
Honeywell International Inc. 4.78 4.90 5.57 4.57 4.81
Receivables Turnover, Sector
General Industrials 5.38 5.81 4.85 4.91
Receivables Turnover, Industry
Industrials 7.74 7.93 6.32 6.53

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Receivables turnover = Net sales ÷ Accounts receivable, net of allowances
= 32,184 ÷ 4,705 = 6.84

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. 3M Co.’s receivables turnover ratio improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Payables Turnover

3M Co., payables turnover calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Cost of sales 16,605  17,136  16,682  16,001  15,040 
Accounts payable 2,561  2,228  2,266  1,945  1,798 
Short-term Activity Ratio
Payables turnover1 6.48 7.69 7.36 8.23 8.36
Benchmarks
Payables Turnover, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 3.67 4.20 5.40 6.07 6.06
Honeywell International Inc. 3.86 4.25 5.18 4.19 4.77
Payables Turnover, Sector
General Industrials 4.54 5.53 5.72 5.91
Payables Turnover, Industry
Industrials 6.17 6.45 6.54 7.11

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Payables turnover = Cost of sales ÷ Accounts payable
= 16,605 ÷ 2,561 = 6.48

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. 3M Co.’s payables turnover ratio increased from 2018 to 2019 but then decreased significantly from 2019 to 2020.

Working Capital Turnover

3M Co., working capital turnover calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Current assets 14,982  12,971  13,709  14,277  11,726 
Less: Current liabilities 7,948  9,222  7,244  7,687  6,219 
Working capital 7,034  3,749  6,465  6,590  5,507 
 
Net sales 32,184  32,136  32,765  31,657  30,109 
Short-term Activity Ratio
Working capital turnover1 4.58 8.57 5.07 4.80 5.47
Benchmarks
Working Capital Turnover, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 2.26 7.03 19.33 8.59 8.09
Honeywell International Inc. 3.64 5.92 7.69 5.68 5.84
Working Capital Turnover, Sector
General Industrials 6.98 10.58 6.89 6.95
Working Capital Turnover, Industry
Industrials 11.28 14.44 8.55 9.47

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Working capital turnover = Net sales ÷ Working capital
= 32,184 ÷ 7,034 = 4.58

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital. 3M Co.’s working capital turnover ratio improved from 2018 to 2019 but then deteriorated significantly from 2019 to 2020.

Average Inventory Processing Period

3M Co., average inventory processing period calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data
Inventory turnover 3.92 4.15 3.82 3.97 4.44
Short-term Activity Ratio (no. days)
Average inventory processing period1 93 88 96 92 82
Benchmarks (no. days)
Average Inventory Processing Period, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 96 77 76 87 93
Honeywell International Inc. 74 66 54 61 59
Average Inventory Processing Period, Sector
General Industrials 76 74 82 85
Average Inventory Processing Period, Industry
Industrials 101 89 84 84

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Average inventory processing period = 365 ÷ Inventory turnover
= 365 ÷ 3.92 = 93

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average inventory processing period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by inventory turnover over the period. 3M Co.’s number of days of inventory outstanding improved from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly deteriorated from 2019 to 2020 not reaching 2018 level.

Average Receivable Collection Period

3M Co., average receivable collection period calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data
Receivables turnover 6.84 6.71 6.53 6.45 6.86
Short-term Activity Ratio (no. days)
Average receivable collection period1 53 54 56 57 53
Benchmarks (no. days)
Average Receivable Collection Period, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 83 70 64 79 80
Honeywell International Inc. 76 75 66 80 76
Average Receivable Collection Period, Sector
General Industrials 68 63 75 74
Average Receivable Collection Period, Industry
Industrials 47 46 58 56

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Average receivable collection period = 365 ÷ Receivables turnover
= 365 ÷ 6.84 = 53

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover. 3M Co.’s number of days of receivables outstanding improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Operating Cycle

3M Co., operating cycle calculation, comparison to benchmarks

No. days

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period 93 88 96 92 82
Average receivable collection period 53 54 56 57 53
Short-term Activity Ratio
Operating cycle1 146 142 152 149 135
Benchmarks
Operating Cycle, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 179 147 140 166 173
Honeywell International Inc. 150 141 120 141 135
Operating Cycle, Sector
General Industrials 144 137 157 159
Operating Cycle, Industry
Industrials 148 135 142 140

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Operating cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period
= 93 + 53 = 146

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Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. 3M Co.’s operating cycle improved from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly deteriorated from 2019 to 2020.

Average Payables Payment Period

3M Co., average payables payment period calculation, comparison to benchmarks

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data
Payables turnover 6.48 7.69 7.36 8.23 8.36
Short-term Activity Ratio (no. days)
Average payables payment period1 56 47 50 44 44
Benchmarks (no. days)
Average Payables Payment Period, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 100 87 68 60 60
Honeywell International Inc. 95 86 70 87 76
Average Payables Payment Period, Sector
General Industrials 80 66 64 62
Average Payables Payment Period, Industry
Industrials 59 57 56 51

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Average payables payment period = 365 ÷ Payables turnover
= 365 ÷ 6.48 = 56

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Average payables payment period An estimate of the average number of days it takes a company to pay its suppliers; equal to the number of days in the period divided by payables turnover ratio for the period. 3M Co.’s number of days of payables outstanding decreased from 2018 to 2019 but then increased from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.

Cash Conversion Cycle

3M Co., cash conversion cycle calculation, comparison to benchmarks

No. days

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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period 93 88 96 92 82
Average receivable collection period 53 54 56 57 53
Average payables payment period 56 47 50 44 44
Short-term Activity Ratio
Cash conversion cycle1 90 95 102 105 91
Benchmarks
Cash Conversion Cycle, Competitors2
General Electric Co. 79 60 72 106 113
Honeywell International Inc. 55 55 50 54 59
Cash Conversion Cycle, Sector
General Industrials 64 71 93 97
Cash Conversion Cycle, Industry
Industrials 89 78 86 89

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09).

1 2020 Calculation
Cash conversion cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period – Average payables payment period
= 93 + 5356 = 90

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Short-term activity ratio Description The company
Cash conversion cycle A financial metric that measures the length of time required for a company to convert cash invested in its operations to cash received as a result of its operations; equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period minus average payables payment period. 3M Co.’s cash conversion cycle improved from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.