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Calculating Financial Ratios


There are a number of tools for analyzing the numbers that you will find in a nonprofit’s financial statements.  The most common tools are “ratio analyses”—interpreting the revenues and expenses, the assets and liabilities by putting them in some relation to each other.  Here are the 10 most common ratio analysis tools for nonprofit corporations:


                                                              i.      Profitability Ratios

1.      Profit Margin = Net Income/Revenue (How much of each dollar in revenue received get turned into net income)

2.      Return on Assets (ROA) = Net Income/Total Assets (How much the value of assets increases--should be at least as high as the inflation rate)

                                                            ii.      Liquidity Ratios (ability to convert noncash assets into cash)

1.      Current Ratio = Current Assets/Current Liabilities (varies, but should be at least 2.0)

2.      Quick Ratio = (Cash + Marketable Securities + Net Accounts Receivable) / Current Liabilities (eliminates inventory, prepaid expenses and other items not readily converted into cash; answers the question of whether you could pay all debts if called in today; sometimes called the “acid test.”)

3.      Average Days Receivable = Net Accounts Receivable / (Revenue/365)  (average number of days needed to collect an account receivable)

                                                          iii.      Asset Management Ratios

1.      Asset Turnover = Revenue / Total Assets (how much revenue is earned for each dollar invested in assets)

                                                          iv.      Long-Term Solvency Ratios

1.      Debt-Equity Ratio = Total Liabilities / Equity [Fund Balance]  (measures use of external funds to supplemental internal funds

2.      Leverage = Total Assets / Equity [Fund Balance] (variation on debt/equity ratio)

3.      Long-Term Debt-Equity = Noncurrent Liabilities / Equity [Fund Balance] (over time, will reveal reliance on long-term debt to finance asset acquisition)

4.      Debt Service Coverage = (Net Income + Depreciation + Interest Payments) / (Principal Payments + Interest Payments)  (measures ability to meet debt service obligation)






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