Stock Analysis on Net
Stock Analysis on Net
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Accenture PLC (NYSE:ACN)

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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Aug 31, 2020 Aug 31, 2019 Aug 31, 2018 Aug 31, 2017 Aug 31, 2016 Aug 31, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Allowances for client receivables 40,277  45,538  49,913  74,450  79,440  70,165 
Receivables, gross 7,232,387  7,512,876  5,046,367  4,643,664  4,151,620  3,911,085 
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross1 0.56% 0.61% 0.99% 1.60% 1.91% 1.79%

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-10-22), 10-K (filing date: 2019-10-29), 10-K (filing date: 2018-10-24), 10-K (filing date: 2017-10-26), 10-K (filing date: 2016-10-28), 10-K (filing date: 2015-10-30).

1 2020 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross = 100 × Allowances for client receivables ÷ Receivables, gross
= 100 × 40,277 ÷ 7,232,387 = 0.56%

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Accenture PLC’s allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross decreased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.