Average Period of Credit Received

Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

Reviewed by Subject Matter Experts

Updated on February 20, 2023

Average period of credit received is calculated in weeks (or months) in order to determine how long a company takes to pay off its trade creditors.

It is incorrect to assume that a company that is successful in having a long credit received period is efficient.

Like everything else in the world, credit comes at a price. If a company takes too long to settle its trade payables, it will suffer from various negative impacts. For example:

  • The company won't be allowed any cash discounts
  • The company's suppliers will build in a factor for delayed payments in their prices
  • The company may find it difficult to procure materials during periods of low supply, particularly if suppliers favor companies with better payment histories

Having a reputation for being a late payer causes countless difficulties. Hence, it is in the best interest of the company to ensure that its average credit received period is consistent with the industry average.

Average period of credit received is calculated as follows (for an answer in months):

Average Period of Credit Received Formula


Consider the following information:

  • Creditors: $500,000
  • Net purchases: $3,660,000

Required: Calculate the average period of credit received.


Average period of credit received = (Creditors/Purchases)×12

= ($500,000/$3,660,000)×12

= 1.64 month

As this solution shows, the company takes 1.64 months on average to pay off its creditors.

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About the Author

True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®

True Tamplin is a published author, public speaker, CEO of UpDigital, and founder of Finance Strategists.

True is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF®), author of The Handy Financial Ratios Guide, a member of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, contributes to his financial education site, Finance Strategists, and has spoken to various financial communities such as the CFA Institute, as well as university students like his Alma mater, Biola University, where he received a bachelor of science in business and data analytics.

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