Total assets

Category:Financial analysis
Alternative names: Total company assets

What is Total assets

Total assets refers to the total amount of assets that the company owns. Assets are things that a company owns that have economic vale that can be driven from in the future. These assets are recorded on the company balance sheet and can be categorised as: cash, marketable securities, inventory, fixed assets , accounts receivable, intangible assets, goodwill etc.

How to calculate Total assets (formula)

Total assets are balance sheet entries and are calculated as sum of all the assets on the balance sheet. Assets are usually separated in two groups:

  • Current assets - these are assets that are short term economic resources and are expected to be converted into cash in the next year. There are things like cash, inventories and accounts receivable.
  • Non-Current assets - these are all the other assets that are not planed to be converted into cash in the next year.

Total assets = Current assets + Non-current assets

How is the assets value estimated

The value of an assets is what sometimes is called book value and its priced at the value that the accountants of the company have estimated. Depending on the applicable accounting standards, the assets value may be recorded at their current market values or based on historical cost (the price that the asset was purchased at).

Stocks with low return on assets

Name Return on assets Marketcap Industry
CMCSA Comcast Corp 2% $170.32B Entertainment
PPL PPL Corp 2% $21.78B Utilities - Regulated Electric
WHR Whirlpool Corp 2% $8.38B Furnishings, Fixtures & Appliances
RJF Raymond James Financial Inc 2% $24.12B Capital Markets
FDP Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc 2% $1.31B Farm Products
GHC Graham Holdings Co 2% $3.02B Education & Training Services
NWN Northwest Natural Holding Co 2% $1.72B Utilities - Regulated Gas

Different types of assets classifications

There are may different ways that assets can be classified based on their utility. Some of the more common assets classification are:

  • Fixed Assets - These are are long-term resources usually in the form of physical items such as plants, equipment, and buildings.
  • Financial Assets - These are investments in securities of other institutions usually in the form of stocks, bonds, and other types of financial securities.
  • Intangible Assets - Intangible assets are resources that are not physical in nature, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and goodwill.
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