Working Capital Ratios by Sector (US)

Data Used: Multiple data services

Date of Analysis: Data used is as of January 2015

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on which companies are included in each industry


Industry Number of firms Acc Rec/ Sales Inventory/Sales Acc Pay/ Sales Non-cash WC/ Sales
Advertising 52 44.67% 5.12% 46.01% 1.17%
Aerospace/Defense 93 16.43% 21.64% 8.97% 27.80%
Air Transport 22 4.39% 2.69% 5.10% 4.12%
Apparel 64 12.59% 18.55% 6.67% 27.02%
Auto & Truck 22 3.68% 8.25% 14.28% -0.64%
Auto Parts 75 15.58% 7.90% 13.32% 9.40%
Bank (Money Center) 13 0.00% 1.94% NA NA
Banks (Regional) 676 0.00% 4.51% NA NA
Beverage (Alcoholic) 22 14.36% 22.07% 16.57% 22.12%
Beverage (Soft) 46 12.42% 6.05% 19.10% 0.01%
Broadcasting 28 20.32% 2.70% 3.67% 22.82%
Brokerage & Investment Banking 46 175.33% 0.03% NA NA
Building Materials 39 13.74% 12.25% 10.15% 17.33%
Business & Consumer Services 177 16.93% 1.92% 5.54% 14.51%
Cable TV 18 7.52% 0.51% 7.44% 1.27%
Chemical (Basic) 46 13.94% 12.91% 7.55% 19.65%
Chemical (Diversified) 10 15.77% 16.88% 11.09% 23.23%
Chemical (Specialty) 103 15.05% 14.13% 10.52% 20.86%
Coal & Related Energy 42 8.26% 7.92% 10.99% 5.56%
Computer Services 119 13.80% 5.82% 9.43% 11.44%
Computers/Peripherals 64 11.32% 4.15% 14.17% 4.98%
Construction Supplies 55 13.23% 17.76% 11.41% 17.17%
Diversified 23 13.66% 9.05% 14.63% 2.22%
Drugs (Biotechnology) 400 14.60% 9.77% 5.38% 23.48%
Drugs (Pharmaceutical) 151 17.05% 12.80% 8.97% 24.69%
Education 42 10.50% 1.35% 5.50% 10.07%
Electrical Equipment 126 18.90% 12.68% 10.69% 21.27%
Electronics (Consumer & Office) 28 15.65% 14.18% 12.99% 19.46%
Electronics (General) 189 15.83% 15.37% 11.88% 21.21%
Engineering/Construction 56 22.11% 1.35% 8.26% 15.67%
Entertainment 84 17.56% 3.70% 8.53% 11.08%
Environmental & Waste Services 103 14.90% 1.22% 5.58% 14.52%
Farming/Agriculture 37 6.37% 10.59% 8.48% 10.24%
Financial Svcs. (Non-bank & Insurance) 288 2708.91% 1.30% NA NA
Food Processing 96 8.80% 11.45% 8.41% 10.76%
Food Wholesalers 14 6.96% 7.28% 6.02% 7.97%
Furn/Home Furnishings 27 12.71% 15.83% 13.91% 14.39%
Green & Renewable Energy 26 16.94% 1.94% 18.39% 12.07%
Healthcare Products 261 17.19% 15.43% 7.05% 26.46%
Healthcare Support Services 138 6.15% 3.77% 14.48% -2.46%
Heathcare Information and Technology 127 18.31% 9.20% 6.39% 23.33%
Homebuilding 35 1.90% 102.49% 5.59% 99.89%
Hospitals/Healthcare Facilities 56 21.99% 2.18% 5.89% 21.73%
Hotel/Gaming 80 8.38% 3.09% 5.78% 6.22%
Household Products 135 9.41% 10.67% 9.29% 11.33%
Information Services 67 18.65% 1.18% 6.28% 15.01%
Insurance (General) 24 16.09% 0.00% 77.63% -11.14%
Insurance (Life) 25 12.39% 0.00% 11.40% 13.43%
Insurance (Prop/Cas.) 52 19.12% 0.00% 67.98% -22.25%
Investments & Asset Management 148 26.54% 0.13% NA NA
Machinery 137 16.77% 13.97% 8.39% 22.95%
Metals & Mining 124 7.50% 18.60% 13.09% 12.39%
Office Equipment & Services 25 13.75% 8.85% 13.33% 10.42%
Oil/Gas (Integrated) 8 9.05% 4.23% 12.14% 2.07%
Oil/Gas (Production and Exploration) 392 13.86% 1.94% 15.48% -2.80%
Oil/Gas Distribution 85 8.84% 3.20% 7.83% 3.23%
Oilfield Svcs/Equip. 161 9.61% 7.01% 7.90% 8.92%
Packaging & Container 26 12.88% 11.89% 11.89% 11.62%
Paper/Forest Products 22 9.93% 9.71% 8.13% 12.82%
Power 82 13.23% 6.97% 8.35% 11.56%
Precious Metals 147 4.39% 30.42% 6.18% 30.52%
Publshing & Newspapers 43 14.82% 3.57% 5.82% 12.26%
R.E.I.T. 213 48.65% 0.91% 17.74% 41.25%
Real Estate (Development) 18 6.21% 55.61% 6.88% 26.49%
Real Estate (General/Diversified) 11 4.26% 7.63% 3.58% 7.79%
Real Estate (Operations & Services) 52 16.10% 0.20% 11.16% 6.66%
Recreation 68 15.11% 11.64% 7.17% 20.37%
Reinsurance 4 13.69% 0.00% 26.06% 33.53%
Restaurant/Dining 79 3.84% 2.28% 4.57% 0.78%
Retail (Automotive) 30 2.29% 15.92% 8.63% 9.80%
Retail (Building Supply) 5 1.16% 16.05% 9.55% 7.16%
Retail (Distributors) 90 13.17% 14.93% 8.28% 19.65%
Retail (General) 23 1.25% 13.01% 9.40% 4.42%
Retail (Grocery and Food) 21 1.20% 5.52% 4.82% 0.86%
Retail (Online) 46 5.76% 6.72% 12.07% -0.67%
Retail (Special Lines) 128 4.40% 13.67% 7.76% 10.36%
Rubber& Tires 4 16.01% 16.00% 14.42% 13.03%
Semiconductor 100 11.72% 11.62% 7.06% 19.54%
Semiconductor Equip 47 17.66% 17.24% 15.33% 19.93%
Shipbuilding & Marine 14 12.68% 3.86% 7.86% 9.09%
Shoe 13 12.85% 15.01% 7.57% 21.38%
Software (Entertainment) 20 14.45% 2.95% 4.88% 26.09%
Software (Internet) 327 20.66% 0.31% 2.88% 14.67%
Software (System & Application) 259 14.30% 1.79% 4.93% 12.36%
Steel 40 10.91% 16.59% 7.75% 20.85%
Telecom (Wireless) 21 12.76% 3.17% 12.30% 4.88%
Telecom. Equipment 126 15.44% 5.96% 5.61% 16.90%
Telecom. Services 77 10.48% 0.52% 14.60% -3.02%
Tobacco 20 7.11% 20.63% 3.03% 15.97%
Transportation 21 12.18% 0.52% 5.05% 8.28%
Transportation (Railroads) 10 8.48% 2.74% 7.60% 2.83%
Trucking 30 11.67% 0.42% 7.88% 5.75%
Unclassified 8 0.40% 44.19% NA NA
Utility (General) 21 12.59% 6.61% 8.18% 7.16%
Utility (Water) 19 14.72% 1.25% 8.54% 6.55%
Total Market 7887 46.19% 7.75% 71.29% -16.62%

 



Last Updated in January 2015
By Aswath Damodaran