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A to Z of business calculations

A glossary of business calculations, formulas and ratios from our collection of online reference books. Each entry includes a summary of what the calculation measures, why it's important and how it works in practice.

The entries in this A-Z have been sourced from the Business: The Ultimate Resource (A & C Black, 2011) and QFinance: The Ultimate Resource (A & C Black, 2014). Both titles are available to ICAEW members and ACA students through the Credo Reference collection.

A

Accrual rate

Accounts receivable turnover

Annuity future value

Activity based costing

Acid test ratio

Amortization

Annual percentage rate

Asset utilization

Alpha value of a security

Asset turnover

Accounts payable turnover ratio

B

Borrowing costs and capitzalization

Book value

Basis point value

Bond yield

Beta value of a security

Bond current price

Break even analysis

C

Conversion price

Convertible preferred stock

Conversion ratio

Covariance

Cost of goods sold

Capital asset pricing model

Current ratio

Compound interest

Creditor days

Central limit theorem

Capitalization ratios

Current price of a bond

Capital expenditure

Contribution margin

D

Dividend yield

Depreciation

Day sales outstanding

Discounted cash flow

Debt to capital ratio

Debt to equity ratio

Debtor days

E

Elasticity

Exchange rate risk

Enterprise value

Ebitda

Earnings at risk

Earnings per share

Economic value added

Expected rate of return

Efficiency and operating ratios

F

Fair value calculations

Forward interest rates

Future value

Future value of an annuity

G

Goodwill and patents

Gross profit margin ratio

H

I

Internal rate of return

Interest coverage

Interest rates

J

K

L

Liquidity ratio analysis

M

Marginal cost

Marginal rate of substitution

Market book ratio

N

Nominal and real interest rates

Net present value

Net added value and adjusted nav

O

Option pricing

P

Price earnings ratio

Price elasticity

Portfolio analysis

Present value

Payback period

Price sales ratio

Payout ratio

Q

R

Return on investment

Residual value

Rate of return

Return on sales

Risk adjusted rate of return

Return on shareholders equity

Reserve ratio

Return on assets

Real interest rates

S

Sharpe ratio

Swap valuation

Statistical process control methods

T

Treynor ratio

Time value of money

Total return

Term structure of interest rates

U

V-Z

Weighted average cost of capital

Working capital

Working capital productivity

Z score

Yield

Value at risk

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