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Analysis of Revenues

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Revenue Recognition Accounting Policy

Emerson recognizes a large majority of its revenues through the sale of manufactured products and records the sale when products are shipped or delivered, title and risk of loss pass to the customer, and collection is reasonably assured. Less than ten percent of Emerson's revenues are recognized using the percentage-of-completion method as performance occurs, and revenue from software sales is recognized in accordance with ASC 985-605. Management believes that all relevant criteria and conditions are considered when recognizing revenue.

Sales arrangements sometimes involve delivering multiple elements. In these instances, the revenue assigned to each element is based on vendor-specific objective evidence, third-party evidence or a management estimate of the relative selling price. Revenue is recognized for delivered elements if they have value to the customer on a stand-alone basis and performance related to the undelivered items is probable and substantially in Emerson's control, or the undelivered elements are inconsequential or perfunctory and there are no unsatisfied contingencies related to payment. Approximately five percent of Emerson's revenues from continuing operations arise from qualifying sales arrangements that include the delivery of multiple elements, principally in the Automation Solutions segment. The vast majority of these deliverables are tangible products, with a smaller portion attributable to installation, service or maintenance. Generally, contract duration is short term, and cancellation, termination or refund provisions apply only in the event of contract breach and have historically not been invoked.

Source: Emerson Electric Co., Annual Report


Revenues as Reported

Emerson Electric Co., Income Statement, Revenues

USD $ in millions

12 months ended Sep 30, 2017 Sep 30, 2016 Sep 30, 2015 Sep 30, 2014 Sep 30, 2013 Sep 30, 2012
Measurement & Analytical Instrumentation
Valves, Actuators & Regulators
Industrial Solutions
Process Control Systems & Solutions
Automation Solutions
Climate Technologies
Tools & Home Products
Commercial & Residential Solutions
Divested businesses
Net sales

Source: Emerson Electric Co. Annual Reports

Item Description The company
Net sales Aggregate revenue recognized during the period (derived from goods sold, services rendered, insurance premiums, or other activities that constitute an entity's earning process). For financial services companies, also includes investment and interest income, and sales and trading gains. Emerson Electric Co.'s net sales declined from 2015 to 2016 but then slightly increased from 2016 to 2017.