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Short-term (Operating) Activity Analysis

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Ratios (Summary)

AT&T Inc., short-term (operating) activity ratios

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Turnover Ratios
Inventory turnover
Receivables turnover
Payables turnover
Working capital turnover
Average No. of Days
Average inventory processing period
Add: Average receivable collection period
Operating cycle
Less: Average payables payment period
Cash conversion cycle

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

Ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. AT&T Inc.'s inventory turnover improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. AT&T Inc.'s receivables turnover improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. AT&T Inc.'s payables turnover increased from 2015 to 2016 but then declined significantly from 2016 to 2017.
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital.
Average inventory processing period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by inventory turnover over the period.
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover. AT&T Inc.'s average receivable collection period improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. AT&T Inc.'s operating cycle improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.
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.
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. AT&T Inc.'s cash conversion cycle improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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Inventory Turnover

AT&T Inc., inventory turnover 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)
Cost of services and sales
Inventory
Ratio
Inventory turnover1
Benchmarks
Inventory Turnover, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Inventory Turnover, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Inventory turnover = Cost of services and sales ÷ Inventory
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Inventory turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by inventory. AT&T Inc.'s inventory turnover improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.

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Receivables Turnover

AT&T Inc., receivables turnover 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)
Operating revenues
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts
Ratio
Receivables turnover1
Benchmarks
Receivables Turnover, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Receivables Turnover, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Receivables turnover = Operating revenues ÷ Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Receivables turnover An activity ratio equal to revenue divided by receivables. AT&T Inc.'s receivables turnover improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.

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Payables Turnover

AT&T Inc., payables turnover 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)
Cost of services and sales
Accounts payable
Ratio
Payables turnover1
Benchmarks
Payables Turnover, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Payables Turnover, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Payables turnover = Cost of services and sales ÷ Accounts payable
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Payables turnover An activity ratio calculated as cost of goods sold divided by payables. AT&T Inc.'s payables turnover increased from 2015 to 2016 but then declined significantly from 2016 to 2017.

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Working Capital Turnover

AT&T Inc., working capital turnover 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
Less: Current liabilities
Working capital
Operating revenues
Ratio
Working capital turnover1
Benchmarks
Working Capital Turnover, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Working Capital Turnover, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Working capital turnover = Operating revenues ÷ Working capital
= ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Working capital turnover An activity ratio calculated as revenue divided by working capital.

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Average Inventory Processing Period

AT&T Inc., average inventory processing period calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data
Inventory turnover
Ratio (no. of days)
Average inventory processing period1
Benchmarks (no. of days)
Average Inventory Processing Period, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Average Inventory Processing Period, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Average inventory processing period = 365 ÷ Inventory turnover
= 365 ÷ =

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.

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Average Receivable Collection Period

AT&T Inc., average receivable collection period calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data
Receivables turnover
Ratio (no. of days)
Average receivable collection period1
Benchmarks (no. of days)
Average Receivable Collection Period, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Average Receivable Collection Period, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Average receivable collection period = 365 ÷ Receivables turnover
= 365 ÷ =

Ratio Description The company
Average receivable collection period An activity ratio equal to the number of days in the period divided by receivables turnover. AT&T Inc.'s average receivable collection period improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.

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Operating Cycle

AT&T Inc., operating cycle calculation, comparison to benchmarks

No. of days

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period
Average receivable collection period
Ratio
Operating cycle1
Benchmarks
Operating Cycle, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Operating Cycle, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Operating cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period
= + =

Ratio Description The company
Operating cycle Equal to average inventory processing period plus average receivables collection period. AT&T Inc.'s operating cycle improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017.

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Average Payables Payment Period

AT&T Inc., average payables payment period calculation, comparison to benchmarks

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data
Payables turnover
Ratio (no. of days)
Average payables payment period1
Benchmarks (no. of days)
Average Payables Payment Period, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Average Payables Payment Period, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Average payables payment period = 365 ÷ Payables turnover
= 365 ÷ =

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.

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Cash Conversion Cycle

AT&T Inc., cash conversion cycle calculation, comparison to benchmarks

No. of days

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data
Average inventory processing period
Average receivable collection period
Average payables payment period
Ratio
Cash conversion cycle1
Benchmarks
Cash Conversion Cycle, Competitors
Verizon Communications Inc.
Cash Conversion Cycle, Sector
Fixed Line Telecommunications

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

2017 Calculations

1 Cash conversion cycle = Average inventory processing period + Average receivable collection period – Average payables payment period
= + =

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. AT&T Inc.'s cash conversion cycle improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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