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Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD)


Analysis of Property, Plant and Equipment

Advanced level


Accounting Policy on Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment is stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization are recognized using the straight-line method. Repairs and maintenance costs are expensed as incurred. Estimated useful lives in years are generally as follows:

Description Estimated Useful Life
Buildings and improvements Shorter of 35 years or useful life
Laboratory and manufacturing equipment 4-10
Office and computer equipment 3-7
Leasehold improvements Shorter of useful life or lease term

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-26).


Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

Gilead Sciences Inc., balance sheet: property, plant and equipment

US$ in millions

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Land and land improvements hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Buildings and improvements, including leasehold improvements hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Laboratory and manufacturing equipment hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Office and computer equipment hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Construction in progress hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Property, plant and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Accumulated depreciation and amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Property, plant and equipment, net hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-25).

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. Gilead Sciences 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. Gilead Sciences Inc.’s property, plant and equipment, net increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.

Asset Age Ratios (Summary)

Gilead Sciences Inc., asset age ratios

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Average age ratio hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Estimated total useful life (years) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Estimated age, time elapsed since purchase (years) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Estimated remaining life (years) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-25).

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. Gilead Sciences Inc.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 but then improved from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.
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. Gilead Sciences Inc.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company’s fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Gilead Sciences Inc.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2016 to 2017 but then deteriorated significantly from 2017 to 2018.
Estimated remaining life Gilead Sciences Inc.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.

Average Age

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation and amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Property, plant and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land and land improvements hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio
Average age1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-25).

2018 Calculations

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

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. Gilead Sciences Inc.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 but then improved from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.

Estimated Total Useful Life

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land and land improvements hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Depreciation expense hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated total useful life1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-25).

2018 Calculations

1 Estimated total useful life = (Property, plant and equipment, gross – Land and land improvements) ÷ 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. Gilead Sciences Inc.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.

Estimated Age, Time Elapsed since Purchase

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation and amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Depreciation expense hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Time elapsed since purchase1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-25).

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. Gilead Sciences Inc.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2016 to 2017 but then deteriorated significantly from 2017 to 2018.

Estimated Remaining Life

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Property, plant and equipment, net hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land and land improvements hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Depreciation expense hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated remaining life1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-25).

2018 Calculations

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

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated remaining life Gilead Sciences Inc.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.