WEIGHTED AVERAGE COST OF CAPITAL (WACC) is an average representing the expected return on all of a companys securities. Each source of capital, such as stocks, bonds, and other debt, is weighted in the calculation according to its prominence in the companys capital structure.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE TO SALES measures the speed with which a company pays vendors relative to sales. Numbers higher than typical industry ratios suggest that the company is using suppliers assets (cash owed) to fund operations.
ASSET BACKED SECURITY is a debt instrument collateralized by credit card receivables, auto loans or other assets and securitized by a bank or financial institution. To reduce the possibility of a disruption in principal and interest payments, the cash flow from these assets is enhanced by a variety of methods including letter of credit support, insurance, overcollateralization and excess interest.
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