Fixed-Asset Turnover Ratio
Definition of 'Fixed-Asset Turnover Ratio'
A financial ratio of net sales to fixed assets. The fixed-asset turnover ratio measures a company's ability to generate net sales from fixed-asset investments - specifically property, plant and equipment (PP&E) - net of depreciation. A higher fixed-asset turnover ratio shows that the company has been more effective in using the investment in fixed assets to generate revenues.
The fixed-asset turnover ratio is calculated as:
Investopedia explains 'Fixed-Asset Turnover Ratio'
This ratio is often used as a measure in manufacturing industries, where major purchases are made for PP&E to help increase output. When companies make these large purchases, prudent investors watch this ratio in following years to see how effective the investment in the fixed assets was.