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Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Balance Sheet: Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

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The balance sheet provides creditors, investors, and analysts with information on company’s resources (assets) and its sources of capital (its equity and liabilities). It normally also provides information about the future earnings capacity of a company’s assets as well as an indication of cash flows that may come from receivables and inventories.

Liabilities represents obligations of a company arising from past events, the settlement of which is expected to result in an outflow of economic benefits from the entity.

Alphabet Inc., consolidated balance sheet: liabilities and stockholders’ equity

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Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Accounts payable 5,561  4,378  3,137  2,041  1,931 
Short-term debt —  —  —  —  3,225 
Accrued compensation and benefits 8,495  6,839  4,581  3,976  3,539 
European Commission fines 9,405  7,754  2,874  —  — 
Accrued customer liabilities 2,245  1,810  1,489  1,256  908 
Accrued purchases of property and equipment 2,411  1,603  —  —  — 
Current operating lease liabilities 1,199  —  —  —  — 
Other accrued expenses and current liabilities 7,807  5,791  5,814  4,888  3,860 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 23,067  16,958  10,177  6,144  4,768 
Accrued revenue share 5,916  4,592  3,975  2,942  2,329 
Securities lending payable —  —  —  —  2,428 
Deferred revenue 1,908  1,784  1,432  1,099  788 
Income taxes payable, net 274  69  881  554  302 
Current liabilities 45,221  34,620  24,183  16,756  19,310 
Long-term debt, excluding short-term portion 4,554  4,012  3,969  3,935  1,995 
Deferred revenue, non-current 358  396  340  202  151 
Income taxes payable, non-current 9,885  11,327  12,812  4,677  3,663 
Deferred income taxes 1,701  1,264  430  226  189 
Long-term operating lease liabilities 10,214  —  —  —  — 
Other long-term liabilities 2,534  3,545  3,059  2,665  1,822 
Long-term liabilities 29,246  20,544  20,610  11,705  7,820 
Total liabilities 74,467  55,164  44,793  28,461  27,130 
Convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value per share; no shares issued and outstanding —  —  —  —  — 
Class A and Class B common stock, and Class C capital stock and additional paid-in capital, $0.001 par value per share 50,552  45,049  40,247  36,307  32,982 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (1,232) (2,306) (992) (2,402) (1,874)
Retained earnings 152,122  134,885  113,247  105,131  89,223 
Stockholders’ equity 201,442  177,628  152,502  139,036  120,331 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity 275,909  232,792  197,295  167,497  147,461 

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-04), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-06), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-11).

Balance sheet item Description The company
Current liabilities Total obligations incurred as part of normal operations that are expected to be paid during the following twelve months or within one business cycle, if longer. Alphabet Inc.’s current liabilities increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.
Long-term liabilities Amount of obligation due after one year or beyond the normal operating cycle, if longer. Alphabet Inc.’s long-term liabilities decreased from 2017 to 2018 but then increased from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.
Total liabilities Sum of the carrying amounts as of the balance sheet date of all liabilities that are recognized. Liabilities are probable future sacrifices of economic benefits arising from present obligations of an entity to transfer assets or provide services to other entities in the future. Alphabet Inc.’s total liabilities increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.
Stockholders’ equity Total of all stockholders’ equity (deficit) items, net of receivables from officers, directors, owners, and affiliates of the entity which are attributable to the parent. The amount of the economic entity’s stockholders’ equity attributable to the parent excludes the amount of stockholders’ equity which is allocable to that ownership interest in subsidiary equity which is not attributable to the parent (noncontrolling interest, minority interest). This excludes temporary equity and is sometimes called permanent equity. Alphabet Inc.’s stockholders’ equity increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.