   Chapter 10, Problem 10.24EX

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Fixed asset turnover ratioVerizon Communications Inc. is a major telecommunications company in the United States. Two recent balance sheets for Verizon disclosed the following information regarding fixed assets:   End of Year (in millions) Beginning of Year (in millions) Property, plant, and equipment 5220,163 $230,508 Less accumulated depreciation 136,622 140,561 Property, plant, and equipment (net)$83,541 $89,947 Verizon's revenue for the year was$131,620 million. Assume that the fixed asset turnover ratio for the telecommunications industry averages approximately 1.1. a. Determine Verizon's fixed asset turnover ratio. Round to one decimal place. b. Interpret this ratio with respect to the industry average.

a.

To determine

Fixed Asset turnover: It is a ratio that measures the productive capacity of the fixed assets to generate the sales revenue for the company. Thus, it shows the relationship between the net sales and the average total fixed assets. The following is the formula to calculate the ratio:

FixedAsset turnover =SalesAverage totalfixed assets

To determine: the fixed asset Turnover Ratio of Company V.

Explanation

Calculate the fixed asset turnover ratio of Company V.

Sales revenue= $131,620 million Total average fixed assets=$86,744 (1)

FixedAssets Turnover=SalesAverage FixedAssets=$131,620$86,744=1.5times

Working note:

Calculate the average total fixed assets.

Beginning total fixed assets = $89,947 million Ending total fixed assets =$83,541 million

Average total assets=Total Beginning FixedAssets+Total EndingFixed Assets2

b.

To determine

To interpret: the fixed asset turnover ratio with the industry average.

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