Stock Analysis on Net
Stock Analysis on Net
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Colgate-Palmolive Co. (NYSE:CL)

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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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Dec 31, 2020 Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Allowance for doubtful accounts and estimated returns
Receivables, gross
Financial Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-18), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23).

1 2020 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts and estimated returns ÷ Receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ =

Financial ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Colgate-Palmolive Co.’s allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross decreased from 2018 to 2019 but then increased from 2019 to 2020 exceeding 2018 level.