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Abbott Laboratories (ABT)


Analysis of Property, Plant and Equipment

Advanced level


Accounting Policy on Property, Plant and Equipment

Depreciation and amortization are provided on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the assets. The following table shows estimated useful lives of property and equipment:

Classification Estimated Useful Lives
Buildings 10 to 50 years (average 27 years)
Equipment to 20 years (average 11 years)

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-22).


Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

Abbott Laboratories, 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 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Buildings hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Equipment hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Construction in progress hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Property and equipment, at cost hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Accumulated depreciation and amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Net property and equipment hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27).

Item Description The company
Property and equipment, at cost 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. Abbott Laboratories’s property and equipment, at cost increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.
Net property and equipment 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. Abbott Laboratories’s net property and equipment increased from 2016 to 2017 but then slightly decreased from 2017 to 2018.

Asset Age Ratios (Summary)

Abbott Laboratories, 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: 2019-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27).

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

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 and equipment, at cost hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Asset Age Ratio
Average age1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27).

2018 Calculations

1 Average age = 100 × Accumulated depreciation and amortization ÷ (Property and equipment, at cost – Land)
= 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. Abbott Laboratories’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2016 to 2017 but then slightly deteriorated from 2017 to 2018.

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 and equipment, at cost hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land 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: 2019-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27).

2018 Calculations

1 Estimated total useful life = (Property and equipment, at cost – Land) ÷ 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. Abbott Laboratories’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment decreased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.

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: 2019-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27).

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. Abbott Laboratories’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment improved from 2016 to 2017 but then slightly deteriorated 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)
Net property and equipment hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land 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: 2019-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-16), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-17), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-19), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27).

2018 Calculations

1 Estimated remaining life = (Net property and equipment – Land) ÷ Depreciation expense
= (hiddenhidden) ÷ hidden = hidden

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated remaining life Abbott Laboratories’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2016 to 2017 but then decreased significantly from 2017 to 2018.