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Working Capital Management

Lorenzo Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Working capital management is one of the most important topics in corporate finance: it relates to the operating investment of a firm and the way managers choose to finance it. This topic, mostly ... More


Working Capital and Corporate Strategy

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we discuss working capital management as a strategic tool. We provide an integrated view of working capital management policies, and of how they can be used to help improve firms' ... More


Working Capital

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

This chapter develops a useful definition and interpretation of working capital. We argue about the limitations of the standard definition, and suggest that by introducing a second, complementary ... More


Patterns in Working Capital

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

This chapter analyzes the cross‐sectional and time‐series variation in the patterns of working capital. By understanding how working capital policies compare across firms, industries, or countries, ... More


Working Capital, Seasonality, and Growth

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we address the question of how a firm should finance its operation. More specifically, the chapter aims to help managers gain a better understanding of the relation between a firm's ... More


Working Capital Financing Costs

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0011
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we discuss the financing costs associated with working capital. Given that working capital is financed with both long‐term debt and equity, we identify the corresponding risk ... More


Financial Analysis and Working Capital

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we introduce the most commonly used ratios, classified according to four broad categories that are fairly standardized; in particular, we can organize a firm's financial statement ... More


Cash Management

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

This chapter summarizes the factors a financial manager needs to take into account with respect to a firm's cash management policy. We begin with a brief discussion of the various motives for holding ... More


Managing Inventories

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we present some of the factors that influence inventory management practices. In the first section, we discuss different ways to measure inventory. We then discuss the main costs of ... More


Corporate Finance

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

We start the chapter by presenting a basic framework of corporate finance. Next, we provide an introduction to the main financial reports: the balance sheet and the income statement. We describe both ... More


Managing Account Payables

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we take the buyer's perspective and focus on the financing that suppliers extend to their clients. We emphasize that decisions on the use of trade credit financing are important for ... More


Short-term Debt

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we analyze alternative sources of short‐term financing, as well as useful criteria for managing them. We start by considering criteria for selecting optimal debt maturity structures. ... More


Managing Account Receivables

Lorenzo A. Preve and Virginia Sarria-Allende

in Working Capital Management

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199737413
eISBN:
9780199775637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737413.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

In this chapter, we discuss trade receivables and credit risk. We begin by providing a brief review of the main theories of trade credit. Next, we consider the credit risk embedded in firms' ... More


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