Stock Analysis on Net
Stock Analysis on Net
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Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO)

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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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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Allowance for doubtful accounts
Accounts receivable, gross
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-09-03), 10-K (filing date: 2019-09-05), 10-K (filing date: 2018-09-06), 10-K (filing date: 2017-09-07), 10-K (filing date: 2016-09-08), 10-K (filing date: 2015-09-08).

1 2020 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Accounts receivable, gross
= 100 × ÷ =

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Cisco Systems Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Allowance for Credit Losses

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Allowance for credit loss
Gross financing receivables less unearned income
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of gross financing receivables less unearned income1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-09-03), 10-K (filing date: 2019-09-05), 10-K (filing date: 2018-09-06), 10-K (filing date: 2017-09-07), 10-K (filing date: 2016-09-08), 10-K (filing date: 2015-09-08).

1 2020 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of gross financing receivables less unearned income = 100 × Allowance for credit loss ÷ Gross financing receivables less unearned income
= 100 × ÷ =

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of gross financing receivables less unearned income Allowance for credit losses divided by the gross financing receivable. Cisco Systems Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of gross financing receivables less unearned income decreased from 2018 to 2019 but then slightly increased from 2019 to 2020.