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What is a Quick Ratio?

A Quick Ratio, also known as the Acid-Test Ratio, is a financial metric prevalent in several industries including construction. In the construction sector, it's used to evaluate a company's short-term liquidity and financial health by comparing its easily liquidated assets (like cash, accounts receivable, and short-term investments) with its current liabilities. To calculate, we divide these assets by the existing liabilities. For instance, if a construction firm has $500,000 in quick assets and $250,000 in current liabilities, its Quick Ratio is 2:1. This suggests that the firm has twice as many assets as liabilities, indicating strong financial stability. Positive Quick Ratios can improve a company's ability to secure loans or draw investors. However, a lower ratio might imply potential difficulties in fulfilling its short-term obligations, posing potential risks for stakeholders.