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Posted: Aug 29, 2016

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Introduction Up Arrow


Interpreting Ratios Up Arrow

In addition to listing industry ratios, the following resources also include guidelines for interpreting ratios:

See Preface of either RMA Annual Statement Studies and/or Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios.

  • RMA Annual Statement Studies: Preface
    Ref Reserve HF5681 B2 R6x (Service Desk, Folsom Library)Current 3 years at Service Desk; Earlier editions on the 3rd floor, Folsom Library.

Company Ratios Source Up Arrow

  • Use Mergent Online Rensselaer Only
  • Enter company name in search box. Click on Go button.
  • Click on Company Name.
  • Click on Filings. Select HTML.


Quartiles Up Arrow

For ratios expressed as quartiles, please consult these resources:

  • RMA Annual Statement Studies Ref Reserve HF 5681 B2 R6x (Three most current years - Service Desk, Folsom Library) Earlier editions on the 3rd floor, Folsom Library
  • Use Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios Rensselaer Only

Figures in the ratio tables are broken down for all companies sampled into:

  • Median - the midpoint of all companies sampled.
  • Upper Quartile - the mid-point of the upper half of the companies sampled.
  • Lower Quartile - the mid-point of the lower half of the companies sampled.

Please note:

  • Upper quartile figures represent the best condition for any given ratio.
  • Upper quartile figures are not always the highest numerical value.
  • Lower quartile figures are not always the lowest numerical value.


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