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Analysis of Bad Debts

Difficulty: Advanced

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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Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Allowance for doubtful accounts hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Receivables, gross, less allowance for returns and customer incentives hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross, less allowance for returns and customer incentives1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-01-31), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-12).

2017 Calculations

1 Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross, less allowance for returns and customer incentives = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Receivables, gross, less allowance for returns and customer incentives
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Ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross, less allowance for returns and customer incentives Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Comcast Corp.'s allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross, less allowance for returns and customer incentives declined from 2015 to 2016 but then increased from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.