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AbbVie Inc. (NYSE:ABBV)


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)
Allowance for doubtful accounts 46  51  58  72  78 
Accounts and other receivables, gross 5,474  5,435  5,146  4,830  4,808 
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of accounts and other receivables, gross1 0.84% 0.94% 1.13% 1.49% 1.62%

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-19).

1 2019 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of accounts and other receivables, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Accounts and other receivables, gross
= 100 × 46 ÷ 5,474 = 0.84%

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of accounts and other receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. AbbVie Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts and other receivables, gross decreased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.