Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. (EL)
Analysis of Inventory
High level of difficulty
Accounting Policy on Inventory
Inventory and promotional merchandise only includes inventory considered saleable or usable in future periods, and is stated at the lower of cost or net realizable value, with cost being based on standard cost and production variances, which approximate actual cost on the first-in, first-out method. Cost components include raw materials, componentry, direct labor and overhead (e.g., indirect labor, utilities, depreciation, purchasing, receiving, inspection and warehousing) as well as inbound freight. Manufacturing overhead is allocated to the cost of inventory based on the normal production capacity. Unallocated overhead during periods of abnormally low production levels are recognized as cost of sales in the period in which they are incurred. Promotional merchandise is charged to expense at the time the merchandise is shipped to Estée Lauder’s customers. Included in inventory and promotional merchandise is an inventory obsolescence reserve, which represents the difference between the cost of the inventory and its estimated realizable value, based on various product sales projections. This reserve is calculated using an estimated obsolescence percentage applied to the inventory based on age, historical trends and requirements to support forecasted sales. In addition, and as necessary, specific reserves for future known or anticipated events may be established.
Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-08-23).
Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., balance sheet: inventory
US$ in millions
|Jun 30, 2019||Jun 30, 2018||Jun 30, 2017||Jun 30, 2016||Jun 30, 2015||Jun 30, 2014|
|Work in process|
|Inventory and promotional merchandise, net|
Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-08-23), 10-K (filing date: 2018-08-24), 10-K (filing date: 2017-08-25), 10-K (filing date: 2016-08-24), 10-K (filing date: 2015-08-20), 10-K (filing date: 2014-08-20).
|Inventory and promotional merchandise, net||Amount after valuation and LIFO reserves of inventory expected to be sold, or consumed within one year or operating cycle, if longer.||Estée Lauder Cos. Inc.’s inventory and promotional merchandise, net increased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.|