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Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc

Adobe Inc. (ADBE)


Analysis of Bad Debts

Advanced level

Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable (bad debts) is a contra account which reduce the balance of the company’s gross accounts receivable. The relationship between the allowance and the balance in receivables should be relatively constant unless there is a change in the economy overall or a change in customer base.


Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable

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Nov 29, 2019 Nov 30, 2018 Dec 1, 2017 Dec 2, 2016 Nov 27, 2015 Nov 28, 2014
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Allowances for doubtful accounts hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Trade receivables, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-01-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-01-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-01-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-01-20), 10-K (filing date: 2016-01-19), 10-K (filing date: 2015-01-20).

1 2019 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross = 100 × Allowances for doubtful accounts ÷ Trade receivables, gross
= 100 × hidden ÷ hidden = hidden

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Adobe Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross increased from 2017 to 2018 but then decreased significantly from 2018 to 2019.