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Quick Ratio

Quick Ratio =

( Current assets - Inventory )

Current Liabilities

AKA: Acid Test Ratio


Quick Ratio measures the ability of a company to pay its current liabilities when they come due with only quick assets (which can convert to cash within 90 days or in the short term).

The aka acid test ratio measures the immediate amount of cash available to satisfy the short-term debt.

Note: expanded calculation

Add cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments, and current receivables together (do not include inventory), then divide them by current liabilities.


Cash: $10,000

Accounts Receivable: $5,000

Inventory: $5,000

Stock Investments: $1,000

Prepaid taxes: $500

Current Liabilities: $15,000

Quick Ratio = 10000+5000+1000 / 15000 = 1.07

A 1.07 ratio means that M&M can pay off all its current liabilities with quick assets and still have some quick assets left over.


A higher quick ratio is more favorable for companies because it shows that they have more quick assets than current liabilities.

A company with a quick ratio of 1 indicates that quick assets equal current assets. A ratio of 2 shows that the company has twice as many quick assets as current liabilities.

Generally, 0.50 to 1.0 are considered acceptable Quick Ratios.

Quick Ratio:


ROT: Rule of thumb
HA: Historical Average (organization’s historical average)
PG: Peer Group average
EB: Economic Benchmark

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