Cash ratio is a financial ratio that measures company’s financial liquidity over short term. It compares company’s cash reserves to short-term liabilities. If ‘cash ratio’ is high, it may indicate few things:
Cash accumulation allows to company’s management feel safer. Some conservative managers like to keep large cash amounts and earn low interest. However, cash accumulation for long period is not the most efficient way to use shareholders’ capital. Normally, free funds have to be invested in some projects or have to be paid out for shareholders as dividends or stock buybacks. Cash accumulation without particular reason could be justifiable only for cyclical companies that are affected by economic cycles very strongly.
‘Cash ratio’ can be used together with ‘current ratio’ and ‘quick ratio’. All these ratios measure company’s financial liquidity but other two ratios include more types of current assets in calculation.
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