AP - Persistence In Financial Performance
The purpose of this paper was to examine the persistence of financial efficiency and performance measures for a sample of farms. The profit margin ratio, the asset turnover ratio, and three expense ratios were computed for each farm and year, and for the four-year period. The number of years each farm was in the top and bottom performance quartile was also computed. Results indicated that it was relatively difficult for a farm to consistently be in the top quartile over time. However, using four-year average data, there was a substantial difference in financial performance between farms in the top and bottom quartiles. Results suggest that using one year of data to benchmark is problematic. However, benchmarking using data for a longer period of time is essential to determining a farm’s competitive position.
Key Words: Profit Margin, Asset Turnover, Expense Ratio.