Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable (bad debts) is a contra account which reduce the balance of the company 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
1 2020 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross = 100 × Allowance for expected credit loss ÷ Trade receivables, gross
= 100 × 18 ÷ 7,237 = 0.25%
|Financial ratio||Description||The company|
|Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross||Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable.||Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross decreased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.|