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In July, the Hackett Group released its annual “Working Capital Survey,” an analysis of trends in working capital management among large U.S. businesses. The Hackett Group examined the 2015 financial statements of the nation’s 1,000 largest public companies outside the financial services sector and calculated each organization’s days sales outstanding (DSO), days payables outstanding (DPO), and days inventory on hand (DIO).

This year’s report suggests that many companies have been filling their cash coffers by taking advantage of the historically low cost of debt, rather than by launching initiatives designed to improve working capital performance. In fact, at the highest level, working capital performance among the companies included in the analysis is at its lowest point since the 2008 financial crisis.

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