Stock Analysis on Net
Stock Analysis on Net
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AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T)

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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Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Allowances for doubtful accounts 1,235  907  663  661  704 
Accounts receivable, gross 23,871  27,379  17,185  17,455  17,236 
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross1 5.17% 3.31% 3.86% 3.79% 4.08%

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-20), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-20), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-20), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-18).

1 2019 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross = 100 × Allowances for doubtful accounts ÷ Accounts receivable, gross
= 100 × 1,235 ÷ 23,871 = 5.17%

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. AT&T Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross decreased from 2017 to 2018 but then increased from 2018 to 2019 exceeding 2017 level.