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Financial Reporting Quality: Aggregate Accruals

Difficulty: Advanced

Earnings can be decomposed into cash and accrual components. The accrual component (aggregate accruals) has been found to have less persistence than the cash component, and therefore (1) earnings with higher accrual component are less persistent than earnings with smaller accrual component, all else equal; and (2) the cash component of earnings should receive a higher weighting evaluating company performance.


Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio

Express Scripts Holding Co., balance sheet computation of aggregate accruals

USD $ in thousands

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Operating Assets
Total assets hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Cash and cash equivalents hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Operating assets hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Operating Liabilities
Total liabilities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Long-term debt, excluding current maturities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Operating liabilities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Net operating assets1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals2 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Ratio
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio3 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Benchmarks
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors
Becton, Dickinson & Co. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Intuitive Surgical Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Medtronic PLC hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Stryker Corp. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
UnitedHealth Group Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Health Care Equipment & Services hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Health Care hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-14), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-20).

2017 Calculations

1 Net operating assets = Operating assets – Operating liabilities
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2 Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals = Net operating assets 2017 – Net operating assets 2016
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3 Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio = 100 × Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × hidden ÷ [(hidden + hidden) ÷ 2] = hidden

Ratio Description The company
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the balance-sheet-based accruals ratio, Express Scripts Holding Co. deteriorated earnings quality from 2016 to 2017.

Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio

Express Scripts Holding Co., cash flow statement computation of aggregate accruals

USD $ in thousands

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Net income attributable to Express Scripts hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Net cash flows provided by operating activities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Net cash used in investing activities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Ratio
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Benchmarks
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors
Becton, Dickinson & Co. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Intuitive Surgical Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Medtronic PLC hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Stryker Corp. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
UnitedHealth Group Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Health Care Equipment & Services hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Health Care hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-14), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-20).

2017 Calculations

1 Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio = 100 × Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × hidden ÷ [(hidden + hidden) ÷ 2] = hidden

Ratio Description The company
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio, Express Scripts Holding Co. deteriorated earnings quality from 2016 to 2017.