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Asset Turnover is the ratio of a company’s sales to its assets, and is commonly used to assess how efficiently a company uses its assets to generate sales. When Asset Turnover is unusually low it is frequently due to the valuation of the assets being too high. This can occur when Goodwill and Intangibles that are the products of acquisitions build up on a balance sheet, or when management delays writing down other assets whose value may have deteriorated for any number of reasons.
GMI Ratings’ Asset Turnover metric flags companies where this issue may warrant heightened investor scrutiny. GMI Analyst’s Asset Turnover metric identifies companies whose Asset Turnover is in the lowest quintile of their industry peer group.