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Factor

A financial institution that buys a firm's accounts receivable and collects the accounts.

Factor

A third party that buys a firm's accounts receivable. If a firm is not confident in its ability to collect on its credit sales, it may sell the right to receive payment to the factor at a discount. The factor then assumes the credit risk associated with the accounts receivable. This provides the firm immediate access to working capital, which is important, especially if the firm has a cash flow problem. The price of factoring is determined by the creditworthiness of the firm's customer, not of the firm itself. It is also known as accounts receivable financing.

factor

A firm that purchases accounts receivable from another firm at a discount. The purchasing firm then attempts to collect the receivables.

factor

To sell accounts receivable to another party at a discount from face value. Thus, a firm in need of cash to pay down short-term debt may decide to factor its accounts receivable to another firm.

factor

  1. a firm that purchases TRADE DEBTS from client firms. See FACTORING.
  2. a firm that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. an input (for example raw material, labour, capital) which is used to produce a good or provide a service.

factor

  1. 1a FACTOR INPUT that is used in production (see NATURAL RESOURCES, LABOUR, CAPITAL).
  2. a business that buys in bulk and performs a WHOLESALING function.
  3. a business that buys trade debts from client firms (at some agreed price below the nominal value of the debts) and then arranges to recover them for itself. See FACTOR MARKET, FACTORING.
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Bartlett's Test of Sphericity (Bartlett 1954), described by Pallant (2007), reached statistical significance, supporting the factorability of the correlation matrix.
The factorability of the correlation matrix was calculated using the Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin Measure of Sampling Adequacy (MSA) which was .
The Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin measure of sampling adequacy and the Bartlett test of sphericity were used to test the factorability of the correlation matrices.
Before the factor analysis was conducted, the data were examined to ensure the factorability of the items (Norman & Streiner, 2000).
First, Bartlett's (1954) test of sphericity and the Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin measure of sampling adequacy (1974) were examined for the factorability of the current correlation matrix.
6, and the Bartlett's Test of Sphericity was statistically significant, supporting the factorability of the correlation matrix.
000) indicated that the data set satisfied the assumptions for factorability.
Principal Components Analysis could not be performed on this 40-item instrument, as the factorability statistics were not satisfactory.