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Property, Plant and Equipment Accounting Policy

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: Broadcom Ltd., Annual Report

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Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

Broadcom Ltd., Statement of Financial Position, Property, Plant and Equipment

USD $ in millions

 
Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013 Oct 28, 2012
Land
Construction in progress
Buildings and leasehold improvements
Machinery and equipment
Property, plant and equipment, gross
Accumulated depreciation and amortization
Property, plant and equipment, net

Source: Based on data from Broadcom Ltd. Annual Reports

Item Description The company
Land Carrying amount as of the balance sheet date of real estate held for productive use. This excludes land held for sale. Broadcom Ltd.'s land increased from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly declined from 2016 to 2017.
Construction in progress Carrying amount at the balance sheet date of long-lived asset under construction that include construction costs to date on capital projects that have not been completed and assets being constructed that are not ready to be placed into service. Broadcom Ltd.'s construction in progress increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
Machinery and equipment Carrying amount as of the balance sheet date of long-lived, depreciable asset used in production process to produce goods and services. Broadcom Ltd.'s machinery and equipment increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
Property, plant and equipment, gross Carrying amount at the balance sheet date for long-lived physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. This can include land, physical structures, machinery, vehicles, furniture, computer equipment, construction in progress, and similar items. Amount does not include depreciation. Broadcom Ltd.'s property, plant and equipment, gross increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
Property, plant and equipment, net Tangible assets that are held by an entity for use in the production or supply of goods and services, for rental to others, or for administrative purposes and that are expected to provide economic benefit for more than one year; net of accumulated depreciation. Examples include land, buildings, and production equipment. Broadcom Ltd.'s property, plant and equipment, net increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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Property, Plant and Equipment Ratios (Summary)

Broadcom Ltd., Property, Plant and Equipment Ratios

 
Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013 Oct 28, 2012
Average age % % % % % %
Estimated total useful life (years)
Estimated age, time elapsed since purchase (years)
Estimated remaining life (years)
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 Ltd.'s average age of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.
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 Ltd.'s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment declined from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly increased from 2016 to 2017.
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company's fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Broadcom Ltd.'s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 not reaching 2015 level.
Estimated remaining life Broadcom Ltd.'s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment declined from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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Average Age

 
Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013 Oct 28, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation and amortization
Property, plant and equipment, gross
Land
Ratio
Average age1 % % % % % %

2017 Calculations

1 Average age = 100 × Accumulated depreciation and amortization ÷ (Property, plant and equipment, gross – Land)
= 100 × ÷ () = %

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 Ltd.'s average age of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.

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Estimated Total Useful Life

 
Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013 Oct 28, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, gross
Land
Depreciation expense
Ratio
Estimated total useful life (years)1

2017 Calculations

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

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 Ltd.'s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment declined from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly increased from 2016 to 2017.

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Estimated Age, Time Elapsed Since Purchase

 
Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013 Oct 28, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation and amortization
Depreciation expense
Ratio
Time elapsed since purchase (years)1

2017 Calculations

1 Time elapsed since purchase (years) = Accumulated depreciation and amortization ÷ Depreciation expense
= ÷ =

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 Ltd.'s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 not reaching 2015 level.

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Estimated Remaining Life

 
Oct 29, 2017 Oct 30, 2016 Nov 1, 2015 Nov 2, 2014 Nov 3, 2013 Oct 28, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, net
Land
Depreciation expense
Ratio
Estimated remaining life (years)1

2017 Calculations

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

Ratio Description The company
Estimated remaining life Broadcom Ltd.'s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment declined from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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