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5 Accounts Receivable Management Key Performance Indicators: Part II

Written by Community User on Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Accounts Receivable Management: 5 Ways to Increase Cash Flow

When it comes to increasing cash flow, are you finding that your numbers are not quite where you would like them to be? The first step is to learn about accounts receivable performance indicators, how they interact with each other, and what those interactions mean for your bottom line. There are a number of different things you can do and small changes you can make to improve your metrics and overall accounts receivable performance.

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Here are a few pointers:

  • Developing, refreshing, or re-evaluating your credit policy.
  • Standardizing your credit collections communications with templates.
  • Making sure you have the right number of employees focused on the task.

Previously, in part 1 of this blog series 5 Accounts Receivable Management Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) we covered 1. Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) and 2. Average Days Delinquent (ADD). In this article, we will cover the remaining 3 key performance indicators (KPIs) that can help CEOs, CFOs, controllers and credit managers increase cash flow by making accounts receivable efforts much more strategic than just making collection calls.

Accounts Receivable Management Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

In part 1 of this blog series we covered the following topics:

1. Days Sales Outstanding (DSO)
2. Average Days Delinquent (ADD)

In this article we will cover:

3. Collection Effectiveness Index (CEI)
4. CEI vs DSO
5. Accounts Receivable Turnover Ratio (ART)

Now let's cover the last 3 remaining accounts receivable management KPIs:

3. Collection Effectiveness Index (CEI)

Put most simply, the CEI compares how much money was owed to the company and how much of that money was actually collected in the given time period, usually one year. The resulting percentage allows the company to gauge how strong their current collections policies and procedures are and whether or not changes need to be made.

CEI= (Beginning receivables + Monthly credit sales – Ending total receivables) / (Beginning receivables + Monthly credit sales – Ending current receivables) x 100

The closer the resulting percent is to 100% the stronger your collections processes and policies are. A low or dropping percentage means it is time to re-evaluate your policies on selling on credit and the processes your collectors are following. If you find it is time to reevaluate your policies and procedures, download this guide to developing policy and procedure manuals that will get your CEI percentages to where they need to be.

4. CEI vs DSO

On the surface DSO and CEI sound very similar, but there is a very important difference to note. DSO provides insight into collections during one point in time, usually periods of less than a year. DSO also is a measurement of time, how long it takes for you to collect on an invoice once it is sent.

CEI measures the effectiveness of your collections performance over a longer period of time, generally a year although the formula can be manipulated for smaller segments of time. Additionally CEI differs from DSO because it is not a measurement of time, it measure the overall quality of your collections processes.

Generally DSO and CEI should move in opposite directions, which makes sense if you think about what each represents. There a few exceptions to this rule so don’t panic if yours are not behaving as such.

5. Accounts Receivable Turnover Ratio (ART)

The ART measures how many times your company turns accounts receivable into cash during a period; usually over one year.

ART= Net credit sales/average accounts receivable

A higher ratio means you are turning A/R into cash more frequently; if, for example, your ration is 2, you collect average A/R twice a year, every 6 months. The more frequently you are collecting, the higher your cash flow and liquidity.


Next Steps

If you are interested in learning more about accounts receivable KPIs and how to increase cash flow with technology contact us. Our Dynavistics Sales team is eager to learn more about your A/R challenges and how we can help with our solution collect-IT

Call us at 813.642.7230 ext. 409, visit our website or email.

collect-IT provides you with the tools and insights to manage collections, analyze trends and ensure that your customers pay on time, every time.

“collect-IT has 100% changed the way we work and has played a big part in supporting the growth of the company. Without collect-IT, it would have been nearly impossible to keep up with collection demands for the growing number of clients.”  Equipment Distribution Company - Tampa, FL

Dynavistics delivers easy-to-use software solutions to enhance business processes, including collections management, delivery management, trade promotion accounting, and wholesale distribution solutions. Dynavistics supports easy-to-use and robust ERP solutions such as NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics, and Sage to optimize business processes.

Our mission is to provide breakthrough software and services that significantly increase effectiveness, efficiency and profit. The ERP solutions we support and develop are designed to automate routine processes, improve cash flow, and empower business growth.

Related Dynavistics Accounts Receivable/Collection Articles 

What a Great A/R Approach Looks Like
What is Accounts Receivable Turnover Ratio
What is Days Sales Outstanding (DSO)? 


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