Stock Analysis on Net
Stock Analysis on Net
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Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK)

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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Jan 31, 2020 Jan 31, 2019 Jan 31, 2018 Jan 31, 2017 Jan 31, 2016 Jan 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Allowance for doubtful accounts 4,900  2,200  2,300  1,500  7,600  6,300 
Accounts receivable, gross 657,200  476,500  440,500  453,800  661,200  465,200 
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross1 0.75% 0.46% 0.52% 0.33% 1.15% 1.35%

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-03-19), 10-K (filing date: 2019-03-25), 10-K (filing date: 2018-03-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-03-21), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-18).

1 2020 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Accounts receivable, gross
= 100 × 4,900 ÷ 657,200 = 0.75%

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Autodesk Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross decreased from 2018 to 2019 but then increased from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.