Hand drawn written words current assets divided by current assets
Business
March 10, 2022

Current Ratio — A measure of a company’s liquidity

What is a current ratio?

A current ratio measures a business’ ability to pay short term obligations, which are those payable within a year.

Why is a current ratio important?

A current ratio helps determine the financial viability of a business.

A result of less than 1 can mean that current liabilities can not be paid by current assets. Payment of debts may need to be sourced from different sources, such as the sale of an asset or injection of personal funds. It is important to review as it can be an indicator that a business is trading insolvent, which can have some serious repercussions.

A result of greater than 1 can means that there is an excess for current assets over current liabilities.  

Different industries, businesses and even different circumstances can have different minimum set points. For example a business setting aside funds in a bank account for an employee’s long service leave payout requires a higher ratio than one that has no long term employees and does not need to set aside funds.

How to calculate a Current Ratio Formula

Current is calculated by dividing total current assets by total current liabilities.

Current Ratio = Current Liabilities / Current Assets

For Example

Current assets including: Cash at bank, Debtors: $160,000

Current liabilities including Creditors, Super Payable, BAS Payable: $90,000

Current Ratio = $160,000 / $90,000 = 1.7778

Hence for every $1 of current debt it is covered by a current asset 1.7778 times.

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Current Ratio — A measure of a company’s liquidity

A current ratio measures a business’ ability to pay short term obligations, which are those payable within a year.

March 10, 2022

Business

Current Ratio — A measure of a company’s liquidity

Genevieve Irving

Hand drawn written words current assets divided by current assets

What is a current ratio?

A current ratio measures a business’ ability to pay short term obligations, which are those payable within a year.

Why is a current ratio important?

A current ratio helps determine the financial viability of a business.

A result of less than 1 can mean that current liabilities can not be paid by current assets. Payment of debts may need to be sourced from different sources, such as the sale of an asset or injection of personal funds. It is important to review as it can be an indicator that a business is trading insolvent, which can have some serious repercussions.

A result of greater than 1 can means that there is an excess for current assets over current liabilities.  

Different industries, businesses and even different circumstances can have different minimum set points. For example a business setting aside funds in a bank account for an employee’s long service leave payout requires a higher ratio than one that has no long term employees and does not need to set aside funds.

How to calculate a Current Ratio Formula

Current is calculated by dividing total current assets by total current liabilities.

Current Ratio = Current Liabilities / Current Assets

For Example

Current assets including: Cash at bank, Debtors: $160,000

Current liabilities including Creditors, Super Payable, BAS Payable: $90,000

Current Ratio = $160,000 / $90,000 = 1.7778

Hence for every $1 of current debt it is covered by a current asset 1.7778 times.

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