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Broadcom Inc. (AVGO)


Analysis of Property, Plant and Equipment

Advanced level


Accounting Policy on Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Additions, improvements and major renewals are capitalized, and maintenance, repairs and minor renewals are expensed as incurred. Assets are held in construction in progress until placed in service, upon which date, Broadcom begins to depreciate these assets. When assets are retired or disposed of, the assets and related accumulated depreciation and amortization are removed from Broadcom’s property, plant and equipment balances and the resulting gain or loss is reflected in the consolidated statements of operations. Buildings and leasehold improvements are generally depreciated over 15 to 40 years, or over the lease period, whichever is shorter, and machinery and equipment are generally depreciated over three to ten years. Broadcom uses the straight-line method of depreciation for all property, plant and equipment.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2018-12-21).


Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

Broadcom Inc., balance sheet: property, plant and equipment

US$ in millions

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Nov 4, 2018 Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013
Land hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Construction in progress hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Buildings and leasehold improvements hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Machinery and equipment hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Property, plant and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Accumulated depreciation and amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Property, plant and equipment, net hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2017-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2016-12-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-12-17), 10-K (filing date: 2014-12-29), 10-K (filing date: 2013-12-20).

Item Description The company
Property, plant and equipment, gross Amount before accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Broadcom Inc.’s property, plant and equipment, gross increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.
Property, plant and equipment, net Amount after accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business to produce goods and services and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Broadcom Inc.’s property, plant and equipment, net increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.

Asset Age Ratios (Summary)

Broadcom Inc., asset age ratios

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Nov 4, 2018 Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013
Average age ratio hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Estimated total useful life (years) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Estimated age, time elapsed since purchase (years) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Estimated remaining life (years) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2017-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2016-12-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-12-17), 10-K (filing date: 2014-12-29), 10-K (filing date: 2013-12-20).

Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age ratio As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company’s fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Broadcom Inc.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company’s depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Broadcom Inc.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2016 to 2017 but then slightly decreased from 2017 to 2018 not reaching 2016 level.
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company’s fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Broadcom Inc.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.
Estimated remaining life Broadcom Inc.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.

Average Age

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Nov 4, 2018 Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation and amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Property, plant and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio
Average age1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2017-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2016-12-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-12-17), 10-K (filing date: 2014-12-29), 10-K (filing date: 2013-12-20).

2018 Calculations

1 Average age = 100 × Accumulated depreciation and amortization ÷ (Property, plant and equipment, gross – Land)
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Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company’s fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Broadcom Inc.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.

Estimated Total Useful Life

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Nov 4, 2018 Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Depreciation expense hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated total useful life1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2017-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2016-12-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-12-17), 10-K (filing date: 2014-12-29), 10-K (filing date: 2013-12-20).

2018 Calculations

1 Estimated total useful life = (Property, plant and equipment, gross – Land) ÷ Depreciation expense
= (hiddenhidden) ÷ hidden = hidden

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company’s depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Broadcom Inc.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2016 to 2017 but then slightly decreased from 2017 to 2018 not reaching 2016 level.

Estimated Age, Time Elapsed since Purchase

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Nov 4, 2018 Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation and amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Depreciation expense hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Time elapsed since purchase1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2017-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2016-12-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-12-17), 10-K (filing date: 2014-12-29), 10-K (filing date: 2013-12-20).

2018 Calculations

1 Time elapsed since purchase = Accumulated depreciation and amortization ÷ Depreciation expense
= hidden ÷ hidden = hidden

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company’s fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Broadcom Inc.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.

Estimated Remaining Life

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Nov 4, 2018 Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, net hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Depreciation expense hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated remaining life1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2017-12-21), 10-K (filing date: 2016-12-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-12-17), 10-K (filing date: 2014-12-29), 10-K (filing date: 2013-12-20).

2018 Calculations

1 Estimated remaining life = (Property, plant and equipment, net – Land) ÷ Depreciation expense
= (hiddenhidden) ÷ hidden = hidden

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated remaining life Broadcom Inc.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.