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Analysis of Bad Debts

Difficulty: Advanced

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 Credit Losses

 
Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Allowance for credit losses
Finance receivables, gross
Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of finance receivables, gross1 % % % % %

Source: Based on data from Caterpillar Inc. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Allowance as a percentage of finance receivables, gross = 100 × Allowance for credit losses ÷ Finance receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ = %

Ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of finance receivables, gross Allowance for credit losses divided by the gross financing receivable. Caterpillar Inc.'s allowance as a percentage of finance receivables, gross increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

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