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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

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Financial Reporting Quality: Aggregate Accruals

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Earnings can be decomposed into cash and accrual components. The accrual component (aggregate accruals) has been found to have less persistence than the cash component, and therefore (1) earnings with higher accrual component are less persistent than earnings with smaller accrual component, all else equal; and (2) the cash component of earnings should receive a higher weighting evaluating company performance.

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Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio

Apple Inc., balance sheet computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in millions

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Sep 25, 2021 Sep 26, 2020 Sep 28, 2019 Sep 29, 2018 Sep 30, 2017 Sep 24, 2016
Operating Assets
Total assets
Less: Cash and cash equivalents
Less: Current marketable securities
Operating assets
Operating Liabilities
Total liabilities
Less: Current portion of finance leases
Less: Commercial paper
Less: Current portion of term debt
Less: Non-current portion of term debt
Less: Non-current portion of finance leases
Operating liabilities
 
Net operating assets1
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals2
Financial Ratio
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio3
Benchmarks
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors4
Cisco Systems Inc.
Enphase Energy Inc.
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Technology Hardware & Equipment
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Information Technology

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-09-25), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-09-26), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-09-28), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-09-29), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-09-24).

1 2021 Calculation
Net operating assets = Operating assets – Operating liabilities
= =

2 2021 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals = Net operating assets2021 – Net operating assets2020
= =

3 2021 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio = 100 × Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × ÷ [( + ) ÷ 2] =

4 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the balance-sheet-based accruals ratio, Apple Inc. deteriorated earnings quality from 2020 to 2021.

Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio

Apple Inc., cash flow statement computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in millions

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Sep 25, 2021 Sep 26, 2020 Sep 28, 2019 Sep 29, 2018 Sep 30, 2017 Sep 24, 2016
Net income
Less: Cash generated by operating activities
Less: Cash (used in) generated by investing activities
Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals
Financial Ratio
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio1
Benchmarks
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors2
Cisco Systems Inc.
Enphase Energy Inc.
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Technology Hardware & Equipment
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Information Technology

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-09-25), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-09-26), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-09-28), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-09-29), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-09-30), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-09-24).

1 2021 Calculation
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio = 100 × Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × ÷ [( + ) ÷ 2] =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio, Apple Inc. improved earnings quality from 2020 to 2021.