Stock Analysis on Net
Stock Analysis on Net
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Air Products & Chemicals Inc. (NYSE:APD)

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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Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2019 Sep 30, 2018 Sep 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2015
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Allowance for doubtful accounts 23,900  48,800  24,000  45,800  22,800  26,300 
Trade receivables, gross 1,298,700  1,309,000  1,231,200  1,219,800  1,462,700  1,432,500 
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross1 1.84% 3.73% 1.95% 3.75% 1.56% 1.84%

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-11-19), 10-K (filing date: 2019-11-26), 10-K (filing date: 2018-11-20), 10-K (filing date: 2017-11-16), 10-K (filing date: 2016-11-21), 10-K (filing date: 2015-11-24).

1 2020 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Trade receivables, gross
= 100 × 23,900 ÷ 1,298,700 = 1.84%

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Air Products & Chemicals Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross increased from 2018 to 2019 but then decreased significantly from 2019 to 2020.