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What is a Current Ratio?

A Current Ratio is a financial metric primarily used in the construction industry to gauge a company's short-term liquidity and ability to pay off its immediate obligations. It is calculated by dividing a company's current assets by its current liabilities. In construction, current assets include cash, accounts receivables, and inventory (like raw materials and work in progress), while current liabilities encompass accounts payable, income taxes, wages, and current portion of long-term debt. A high ratio indicates a company's robust financial health, implying it has adequate resources to cover its short-term debts. However, it varies depending on the specific business environment, so it is essential to compare this ratio with firms in the same construction sector for accurate benchmarking.