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Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT)

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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 and product returns
Trade receivables, gross
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 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).

1 2019 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross = 100 × Allowances for doubtful accounts and product returns ÷ Trade receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ =

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Abbott Laboratories’s allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.