The Asset Turnover ratio is a key profitability ratio for a small business like Green Lawn Landscaping. It measures the ability of a small business owners like Frank and Peter to generate enough sales to cover its assets. In other words, it is a measure to get a sense of how many times the total assets of the firm are being covered by the Sales / Revenues that the small business brings in. Clearly the higher the asset turnover ratio the better it is for the company.
In this analysis we can see that the asset turnover ratio for Green Lawn Landscaping will be 1.8, 1.7 and 1.5 for 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. This is of course a healthy sign since it shows that we will have sales that will be almost two times the assets that have been invested in the business - the higher the asset turnover ratio, the better, and if sales were to come in lower than projected this asset turnover ratio will also be negatively impacted.
The total assets that we are including in our calculations above are $166,885, $204,185 and $253,107 in the three coming years respectively and this of course includesthe current assets and fixed assets like furniture & fixtures, computer hardware, computer software, printers, security systems, outdoor signage etc. One of the reasons why our asset turnover ratio shows an anticipated decline in the second and third year of operations is that we be investing cash back into the business and our cash balance will actually be growing from $51,357 in 2016 to $101,905 in 2017 and $163,337 in 2018. Our intention is to grow a substantial cash reserve for the first three years of operations, before we starting going after the larger contracts that require us to hire sub-contractors and be able to have a good bank balance to be able to front for the anticipated costs associated with larger jobs. As higher sales follow in year 4 and 5, these ratios the asset turnover ratio will get better.
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