2001 Working Capital Survey - Chart 5



Behind the Rankings

The management of working capital combines two measures, weighted equally:
1. Days of Working Capital (DWC) = (Receivables + Inventory ­ Payables) ÷ (Sales ÷ 365 Days). If payables exceed the sum of receivables and inventory, DWC is negative.
2. Cash Conversion Efficiency (CCE) = Cash Flow from Operations ÷ Sales.

The overall ranking: (Highest Overall CCE ­ Company CCE) ÷ (Highest Overall CCE ­ Lowest Overall CCE) + (Lowest Overall DWC ­ Company DWC) ÷ (Lowest Overall DWC ­ Highest Overall DWC). Days of Sales Outstanding (DSO), Inventory Turns, and Days of Payables Outstanding (DPO) are not part of the overall ranking criteria. Industry averages consider all companies in an industry, not just the top five.

Sources: REL Consultancy Group, Piranha Web

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Over- all RankCompany NamePrior Year SalesCash Conver. Effic.Days Working Cap.Days Sales Outst.Inven. TurnsDays Payable Outst.
2BERK- SHIRE HATHAWAY INC$24,02812%290(273)1127986132484182
171GENERAL ELECTRIC CO$129,85320%10560537175993103091386
891ALLE- GHENY TECH. INC$2,4608%50112492361691385129474
355Industry Average$52,11413% -29 121 9 195 

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