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Subject:  Fool Article about Metro PCS - Cash Flow Date:  10/1/2012  2:11 PM
Author:  atta9508 Number:  26205 of 28041

Good Day. I read the following article and wasn’t quite sure how to interpret what I read.


I don’t fully appreciate all that was discussed but have some questions regarding statements made by the author. In general the point made is that some sources of cash-flow could be signs of trouble and I believe they are pointing to accounts payable, accounts receivable, taxes, stock based compensation, and asset sales.

I can’t speak to the taxes or stock based compensation concerns and would appreciate it if somebody could provide some clarity to what are the concerns.

Accounts Receivable
The author states that decreasing AR can be a concern and then mentions later that the increased AR is something to watch as well. So which is it? I agree that AR has increased, but I also looked at the data and determined the following:

Time to be paid ratio = (Sales) / (Accounts Receivable) = 4069M / 58M = 70.15 (2011)
Weeks to get paid = (52 weeks) / (Time to be paid ratio( = .74.

This is lower than the average