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Liquidity Analysis

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Liquidity ratios measure the company's ability to meet its short-term obligations.


Ratios (Summary)

AT&T Inc., liquidity ratios

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Current ratio
Quick ratio
Cash ratio

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

Ratio Description The company
Current ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as current assets divided by current liabilities. AT&T Inc.'s current ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
Quick ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments plus receivables) divided by current liabilities. AT&T Inc.'s quick ratio deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.
Cash ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments) divided by current liabilities. AT&T Inc.'s cash ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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Current Ratio

AT&T Inc., current ratio calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Current assets
Current liabilities
Ratio
Current ratio1
Benchmarks
Current Ratio, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Current Ratio, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Current ratio = Current assets ÷ Current liabilities
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Ratio Description The company
Current ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as current assets divided by current liabilities. AT&T Inc.'s current ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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Quick Ratio

AT&T Inc., quick ratio calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Cash and cash equivalents
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts
Total quick assets
Current liabilities
Ratio
Quick ratio1
Benchmarks
Quick Ratio, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Quick Ratio, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Quick ratio = Total quick assets ÷ Current liabilities
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Quick ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments plus receivables) divided by current liabilities. AT&T Inc.'s quick ratio deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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Cash Ratio

AT&T Inc., cash ratio calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Cash and cash equivalents
Total cash assets
Current liabilities
Ratio
Cash ratio1
Benchmarks
Cash Ratio, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Cash Ratio, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

Source: Based on data from AT&T Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Cash ratio = Total cash assets ÷ Current liabilities
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Cash ratio A liquidity ratio calculated as (cash plus short-term marketable investments) divided by current liabilities. AT&T Inc.'s cash ratio improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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