CUMULATIVE, in securities, is where a preferred stock dividend is cumulative if the dividend accrues when payments are not made as scheduled.
NOTES PAYABLE are all note obligations, including bank and commercial paper. Does not include trade notes payable.
CUSTOMER ACQUISITION COST is calculated by dividing total acquisition expenses by total new customers. However, there are different opinions on what constitutes an acquisition expense, e.g. rebates and special discounts do not represent an actual cash outlay, yet they have an impact on cash (and, presumably, on the customer). There is no set standard, i.e. acquisition costs vary across industries. When acquisition data is available, it is best to try to determine if you are comparing apples to apples. This is not easy, as customer acquisition data is usually scarce and the methodology is often questionable.
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