The operating cycle calculator calculates the period for the working capital requirement during which cash is converted back into cash. This process of converting cash to cash can be explained with the help of the following diagram.
Raw materials are purchased either on cash or credit and processed through two stages, that is, work-in-progress and finally finished goods. These finished goods are again sold either on cash or credit and the cash realized from the accounts receivable is then used to pay off the accounts payable from which goods were purchased on credit. This process of conversion of raw materials into cash is operating cycle.
Formula For Calculating Operating Cycle
In order to calculate operating cycle, consider the following formula:
Operating Cycle = Inventory Holding Period + Accounts Receivable Period
where, Inventory Holding Period = 365 / Inventory Turnover
and Inventory Turnover = COGS / Average Inventory
Accounts Receivable Period = 365 / Receivable Turnover
and Receivable Turnover = Credit Sales / Average Accounts Receivable
About the Calculator / Features
The Operating Cycle Calculator provides a quick result in one simple click to the user after he has inputted the following details to the calculator.
- Cost of goods sold (COGS)
- Average inventory
- Credit sales
- Average account receivable
How to Calculate using Calculator
The user have to insert the following data into the calculator for an instant result of operating cycle.
Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
For calculating COGS, one have to consider a simple formula.
COGS = Opening inventory + Purchases made during the period – Closing inventory
It is the average of opening and closing inventory.
Average Inventory = (Opening inventory + closing inventory) / 2
It is the portion of total sales that is sold for credit to accounts receivables.
Average Accounts Receivables
It is the average of opening and closing account receivables.
Average Accounts Receivables = (opening receivables + closing receivables) / 2
Example of Operating Cycle
Let us try to understand the concept of operating cycle with the help of an example.
Calculate the Operating Cycle of XYZ ltd. from the following data:
- Opening inventory = $115,000
- Closing inventory = $175,000
- Opening receivables = $87,500
- Closing receivables = $115,000
- COGS = $425,000
- Credit sales = 650,000
|Particulars||Opening Balance ($)||Closing balance ($)||Average ($)|
Inventory Turnover = 425,000 / 145,000 = 2.93
Inventory Holding Period = 365 / 2.93 = 124.57 days
Receivable Turnover = 650,000 / 101,250 = 6.42
Accounts Receivable period = 365 / 6.42 = 56.85 days
Therefore, Operating Cycle = 124.57 + 56.85 = 181.42 days
Interpretation of Operating Cycle
In the example above, the operating cycle period is 181.42 days, that is, approx. 182 days. This means that it will take 182 days to convert cash into cash again. For efficient functioning of an organization, it is important that there is a smooth flow of operating cash flow to sustain this cycle. Else, there will be bottolenecks at production levels due to cash flow cruch. And the company will not be able to operate efficiently and at the desired capacity. Moreover, the shortage of funds may also raise the cost of purchases, either stretching credit period so suppliers will increase the cost, or increase in frequency of purchases leading to increaed cost of raw material procurement.
Therefore, it is very essential that enough working capital is available to maintain the operating cycle. In absence of which the company may loose the market, reputation, credentials, besides higher operating cost.
A manager should always try to minimize the operating cycle period. There are various method by which inventory holding period can be reduced and the most popular of all is JIT (Just In Time). Similarly, receivable period can also be reduced by framing proper credit policies.