What is an Operating Cycle?
The phrase operating cycle refers to the period
A short operating cycle is one in which the time between purchasing inventory and recovering the investment is brief. The company recovers its investment and/or realizes profits quickly.
With a long operating cycle, cash may be tied up in inventory and/or receivables for an extended period of time before the business is able to recover its initial investment. Investments with a long operating cycle can be sound, as long as the organization has sufficient access to capital to meet its short-term obligations.
An operating cycle should not be confused with a Fiscal Year . The amount of time an operating cycle entails has nothing to do with a standard fiscal period.