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Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL)


Financial Reporting Quality: Aggregate Accruals

Advanced level

Earnings can be decomposed into cash and accrual components. The accrual component (aggregate accruals) has been found to have less persistence than the cash component, and therefore (1) earnings with higher accrual component are less persistent than earnings with smaller accrual component, all else equal; and (2) the cash component of earnings should receive a higher weighting evaluating company performance.


Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio

Delta Air Lines Inc., balance sheet computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in millions

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Dec 31, 2019 Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015
Operating Assets
Total assets
Less: Cash and cash equivalents
Operating assets
Operating Liabilities
Total liabilities
Less: Current maturities of debt and finance leases
Less: Debt and finance leases, excluding current maturities
Operating liabilities
 
Net operating assets1
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals2
Financial Ratio
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio3
Benchmarks
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors4
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Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Travel & Leisure
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Consumer Services

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-13), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-13), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-05).

1 2019 Calculation
Net operating assets = Operating assets – Operating liabilities
= =

2 2019 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals = Net operating assets2019 – Net operating assets2018
= =

3 2019 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio = 100 × Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × ÷ [( + ) ÷ 2] =

4 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the balance-sheet-based accruals ratio, Delta Air Lines Inc. deteriorated earnings quality from 2018 to 2019.

Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio

Delta Air Lines Inc., cash flow statement computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in millions

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Net income
Less: Net cash provided by operating activities
Less: Net cash used in investing activities
Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals
Financial Ratio
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio1
Benchmarks
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors2
Booking Holdings Inc.
Marriott International Inc.
McDonald’s Corp.
Starbucks Corp.
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Travel & Leisure
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Consumer Services

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-13), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-13), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-05).

1 2019 Calculation
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio = 100 × Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × ÷ [( + ) ÷ 2] =

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio, Delta Air Lines Inc. improved earnings quality from 2018 to 2019.