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Financial Reporting Quality: Aggregate Accruals

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Earnings can be decomposed into cash and accrual components. The accrual component (aggregate accruals) has been found to have less persistence than the cash component, and therefore (1) earnings with higher accrual component are less persistent than earnings with smaller accrual component, all else equal; and (2) the cash component of earnings should receive a higher weighting evaluating company performance.

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Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio

Accenture PLC, balance sheet computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in thousands

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Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2019 Aug 31, 2018 Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2016
Operating Assets
Total assets
Less: Cash and cash equivalents
Less: Short-term investments
Operating assets
Operating Liabilities
Total liabilities
Less: Current portion of long-term debt and bank borrowings
Less: Long-term debt, excluding current portion
Operating liabilities
 
Net operating assets1
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals2
Financial Ratio
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio3
Benchmarks
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors4
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Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Software & Services
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Information Technology

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-08-31).

1 2021 Calculation
Net operating assets = Operating assets – Operating liabilities
= =

2 2021 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals = Net operating assets2021 – Net operating assets2020
= =

3 2021 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio = 100 × Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × ÷ [( + ) ÷ 2] =

4 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the balance-sheet-based accruals ratio, Accenture PLC deteriorated earnings quality from 2020 to 2021.

Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio

Accenture PLC, cash flow statement computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in thousands

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Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2019 Aug 31, 2018 Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2016
Net income attributable to Accenture plc
Less: Net cash provided by operating activities
Less: Net cash used in investing activities
Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals
Financial Ratio
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio1
Benchmarks
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors2
Adobe Inc.
International Business Machines Corp.
Intuit Inc.
Mastercard Inc.
Microsoft Corp.
Oracle Corp.
PayPal Holdings Inc.
Salesforce Inc.
ServiceNow Inc.
Visa Inc.
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Software & Services
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Information Technology

Based on: 10-K (reporting date: 2021-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2020-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2019-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2018-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2017-08-31), 10-K (reporting date: 2016-08-31).

1 2021 Calculation
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio = 100 × Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × ÷ [( + ) ÷ 2] =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio, Accenture PLC improved earnings quality from 2020 to 2021.