The interaction of working capital management and profitability measures
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In this article, the interaction between working capital management success and different measures of profitability was examined. When components of net working capital are kept at optimal levels, this situation benefits company to use resources more efficiently and helps profitability. Similarly, high levels of profitability helps avoiding idle working capital practices. By using a sample consisting of 172 non-financial companies traded Borsa Istanbul (BIST) in Turkey, and 5-year data covering 2009-2013, regressions were run to analyze how profitability affects working capital management which is measured in terms of Cash Conversion Cycle (CCC) and also how CCC affects profitability measures. Most of the alternative cases tested have given significant results. Decreasing CCC affect positively profitability measures. Similarly, improved level of profitability helps a better working capital management and affects inventory turnover, receivables collection and payable deferral. Although long-term financial decisions and policies have an important role in the sustainability and profitability of the companies, short-term financial management and working capital management which is the most important policy in this sense can also have a profound effect on the company success.