Cash Conversion Cycle: Which One and Does It Matter?

Xin Tan, Sorin A. Tuluca

Abstract


In the present study, we attempt to investigate the information validity of an important financial metric, the cash conversion cycle (CCC.) A survey of scholarly papers and textbooks reveals that multiple methods to compute the CCC components are employed. Based on a relatively large dataset for six public companies, we explore two of the different methods and their effect on the resulting CCC value. We find that the means of the time series of the two methods over 20 years have only mild statistically significant differences. However, there are important differences in several annual periods for some of the firms analyzed. Since financial managers and financial analysts use the CCC for decision-making, analysis and valuation purposes, the findings of this research represent a warning that the CCC computations might not yield reliable conclusions, as they are dependent on the input used in the calculations.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijafr.v9i4.15529

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