Working Capital Ratios by Sector (US)

Data Used: Multiple data services

Date of Analysis: Data used is as of January 2017

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on which companies are included in each industry


Industry Name Number of firms Acc Rec/ Sales Inventory/Sales Acc Pay/ Sales Non-cash WC/ Sales
Advertising 41 45.94% 4.62% 53.25% -3.57%
Aerospace/Defense 96 16.65% 21.45% 9.27% 25.99%
Air Transport 18 4.23% 2.08% 5.36% 0.66%
Apparel 58 12.26% 19.07% 5.93% 26.03%
Auto & Truck 15 6.58% 8.47% 15.60% -2.43%
Auto Parts 63 16.25% 9.09% 13.64% 12.00%
Bank (Money Center) 10 0.00% 0.64% NA NA
Banks (Regional) 645 0.00% 2.58% NA NA
Beverage (Alcoholic) 25 13.84% 24.07% 16.68% 24.01%
Beverage (Soft) 36 11.39% 5.63% 21.72% -3.04%
Broadcasting 30 21.93% 3.14% 2.68% 22.03%
Brokerage & Investment Banking 45 166.68% 0.11% NA NA
Building Materials 41 12.20% 10.97% 8.85% 14.69%
Business & Consumer Services 165 19.09% 1.88% 6.47% 15.86%
Cable TV 14 8.72% 0.41% 7.42% 2.85%
Chemical (Basic) 45 15.83% 13.45% 9.37% 20.55%
Chemical (Diversified) 8 17.10% 17.69% 12.80% 21.62%
Chemical (Specialty) 100 16.19% 14.61% 10.90% 20.93%
Coal & Related Energy 38 8.42% 7.09% 9.82% 7.42%
Computer Services 117 15.23% 5.13% 8.94% 11.88%
Computers/Peripherals 55 9.45% 3.94% 16.73% -1.68%
Construction Supplies 51 12.49% 16.28% 10.00% 15.72%
Diversified 24 15.86% 11.91% 12.83% 7.07%
Drugs (Biotechnology) 426 16.95% 7.67% 11.12% 15.51%
Drugs (Pharmaceutical) 164 18.60% 13.50% 6.79% 20.01%
Education 36 12.61% 1.46% 6.25% 9.38%
Electrical Equipment 119 17.85% 12.93% 10.07% 20.98%
Electronics (Consumer & Office) 24 15.99% 13.15% 14.13% 18.04%
Electronics (General) 164 15.36% 15.07% 12.20% 17.86%
Engineering/Construction 48 22.66% 1.64% 9.12% 15.08%
Entertainment 79 18.52% 3.80% 8.72% 11.29%
Environmental & Waste Services 89 15.31% 1.22% 5.53% 10.63%
Farming/Agriculture 37 7.23% 12.69% 9.99% 10.00%
Financial Svcs. (Non-bank & Insurance) 258 2708.80% 0.97% NA NA
Food Processing 87 7.48% 10.76% 9.25% 6.48%
Food Wholesalers 16 6.48% 6.20% 6.23% 6.24%
Furn/Home Furnishings 30 14.00% 15.78% 14.06% 14.05%
Green & Renewable Energy 25 15.20% 0.75% 12.62% -15.25%
Healthcare Products 254 16.42% 14.46% 6.31% 22.37%
Healthcare Support Services 121 6.22% 3.71% 16.15% -4.92%
Heathcare Information and Technology 125 19.41% 10.02% 6.91% 22.95%
Homebuilding 33 1.02% 75.66% 4.43% 72.33%
Hospitals/Healthcare Facilities 38 13.75% 2.08% 5.06% 11.23%
Hotel/Gaming 69 7.58% 3.22% 6.50% 0.13%
Household Products 129 9.51% 10.86% 11.81% 15.29%
Information Services 64 18.57% 0.98% 7.46% -2.12%
Insurance (General) 19 18.67% 0.00% 27.90% 37.92%
Insurance (Life) 22 13.04% 0.00% 10.59% 13.22%
Insurance (Prop/Cas.) 50 19.64% 0.00% 72.87% -25.60%
Investments & Asset Management 156 17.61% 0.05% NA NA
Machinery 127 16.89% 14.48% 8.78% 21.86%
Metals & Mining 97 6.93% 19.07% 12.42% 27.22%
Office Equipment & Services 24 12.74% 9.16% 12.49% 9.39%
Oil/Gas (Integrated) 7 11.76% 7.19% 14.78% 5.11%
Oil/Gas (Production and Exploration) 330 14.39% 3.27% 14.77% 2.33%
Oil/Gas Distribution 78 9.76% 4.99% 8.09% 6.64%
Oilfield Svcs/Equip. 148 10.44% 9.86% 9.31% 11.15%
Packaging & Container 26 12.90% 12.27% 12.61% 11.36%
Paper/Forest Products 23 9.60% 13.30% 8.00% 15.00%
Power 68 14.79% 7.09% 9.86% 9.11%
Precious Metals 109 2.16% 18.49% 5.16% 33.49%
Publishing & Newspapers 37 14.70% 4.55% 7.50% 11.36%
R.E.I.T. 238 55.95% 0.73% 13.55% 56.38%
Real Estate (Development) 18 10.72% 70.31% 4.89% 61.59%
Real Estate (General/Diversified) 11 10.52% 11.37% 5.72% 18.02%
Real Estate (Operations & Services) 54 15.67% 0.05% 8.42% 13.61%
Recreation 66 14.86% 13.26% 7.75% 19.19%
Reinsurance 3 15.19% 0.00% 27.49% -0.47%
Restaurant/Dining 86 3.84% 2.48% 4.69% 0.04%
Retail (Automotive) 25 2.62% 18.11% 8.99% 11.76%
Retail (Building Supply) 6 1.26% 15.69% 10.08% 6.25%
Retail (Distributors) 88 12.70% 13.56% 8.39% 17.53%
Retail (General) 19 0.94% 12.72% 9.75% 3.22%
Retail (Grocery and Food) 14 1.42% 5.83% 5.20% 0.60%
Retail (Online) 57 5.76% 7.23% 12.29% 0.15%
Retail (Special Lines) 108 4.64% 12.91% 7.99% 7.96%
Rubber& Tires 4 16.60% 17.65% 15.35% 13.49%
Semiconductor 80 11.88% 12.26% 8.95% 19.16%
Semiconductor Equip 45 19.49% 16.84% 7.44% 26.16%
Shipbuilding & Marine 11 11.90% 12.58% 8.84% 16.50%
Shoe 10 11.20% 15.79% 6.69% 20.37%
Software (Entertainment) 13 12.82% 2.06% 4.54% 21.12%
Software (Internet) 297 13.37% 0.40% 2.88% 9.95%
Software (System & Application) 236 13.98% 2.77% 9.21% 9.78%
Steel 38 11.38% 17.86% 7.33% 21.58%
Telecom (Wireless) 17 7.99% 2.97% 12.19% 1.72%
Telecom. Equipment 107 18.12% 5.88% 5.52% 15.71%
Telecom. Services 67 11.13% 0.49% 14.58% -2.93%
Tobacco 22 6.21% 20.63% 3.63% 13.51%
Transportation 17 12.76% 0.50% 5.29% 8.21%
Transportation (Railroads) 7 8.39% 3.51% 7.79% 3.09%
Trucking 30 11.47% 0.34% 7.76% 4.66%
Utility (General) 18 12.16% 7.51% 8.65% 5.28%
Utility (Water) 22 16.12% 1.35% 6.23% 11.92%
Total Market 7330 49.67% 8.09% 82.16% -24.87%
Total Market (without financials) 6100 11.02% 8.91% 10.51% 8.89%

 


Last Updated in January 2017
By Aswath Damodaran