Expansion of the current methodology for the study of the short-term liquidity problems in a sector

Elena Rondós Casas, Salvador Linares Mustarós, Maria Àngels Farreras Noguer


Purpose: The aim of this work consists of defining and applying a new methodology for the calculation of short-term financial ratios that more reliably approximate the solvency of a sector.

Design/methodology: We begin with a classic sector analysis and propose the creation of ratios that limit the debt repayment on an individual level and that do not imply the compensation of aggregate balances, as occurs with the current formulas of calculation.

Findings: The new methodology more reliably approximates the solvency of a sector by being able to estimate with greater precision its global capacity for short-term debt repayment.

Research limitations: The limitations to the proposed sector ratios are the same as the limitations of the customary individual ratios. Therefore, to offer an example, the ratios do not correct the assumption that the only source of resources to meet current liabilities is made up by available and liquid assets. In other words, no new tools are proposed to include future income from sales by the companies.

Practical implications: To be able to study the solvency of the different sectors that make up the economy with more uniform criteria.

Social implications: The information provided by the new ratios obtained in this work proves to be relevant information in the case of wanting to determine the degree of dependence of companies in a sector on financial institutions, or in the case of wanting to determine the degree of dependence on aid in a subsidized sector.

Originality/value: The proposal of new tools that go beyond the current limitations.


financial ratio, economic sector, aggregate data, financial statements

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3926/ic.1085

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Intangible Capital, 2004-2020

Online ISSN: 1697-9818; Print ISSN: 2014-3214; DL: B-33375-2004

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