working capital

Definition

Current assets minus current liabilities. Working capital measures how much in liquid assets a company has available to build its business. The number can be positive or negative, depending on how much debt the company is carrying. In general, companies that have a lot of working capital will be more successful since they can expand and improve their operations. Companies with negative working capital may lack the funds necessary for growth. also called net current assets or current capital.

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Purchasing the nuclear targeting array depleted almost all Acme's working capital, but the investment paid for itself in just a few weeks.

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After reviewing the balance sheet of the company and comparing current cash available, liquid assets minus current liabilities resulted in a working capital of $600,000 for growth and emergency funds.

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The working capital of my business is in the negative because we spent so much of our revenue on assets that cannot be liquidated so we cannot access the money that we need to expand.

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