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Analysis of Bad Debts
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
|Sep 30, 2018||Sep 30, 2017||Sep 30, 2016||Sep 30, 2015||Sep 30, 2014||Sep 30, 2013|
|Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)|
|Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross1|
Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-11-19), 10-K (filing date: 2017-11-20), 10-K (filing date: 2016-11-16), 10-K (filing date: 2015-11-18), 10-K (filing date: 2014-11-19), 10-K (filing date: 2013-11-19).
1 Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross = 100 × Allowances ÷ Receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ =
|Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross||Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable.||Emerson Electric Co.’s allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross declined from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 not reaching 2016 level.|