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Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc

NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA)


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.


Receivables Accounting Policy

Accounts Receivable

NVIDIA maintains an allowance for doubtful accounts receivable for estimated losses resulting from the inability of the customers to make required payments. NVIDIA determines this allowance by identifying amounts for specific customer issues as well as amounts based on overall estimated exposure. Factors impacting the allowance include the level of gross receivables, the financial condition of NVIDIA’s customers and the extent to which balances are covered by credit insurance or letters of credit.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-21).


Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
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Accounts receivable, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Ratio
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Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-28), 10-K (filing date: 2017-03-01), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-17), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-12), 10-K (filing date: 2014-03-13).

2019 Calculations

1 Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Accounts receivable, gross
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Ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. NVIDIA Corp.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross declined from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.