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Analysis of Bad Debts

Difficulty: Advanced

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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May 31, 2018 May 31, 2017 May 31, 2016 May 31, 2015 May 31, 2014 May 31, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
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Ratio
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Source: Based on data from FedEx Corp. Annual Reports

2018 Calculations

1 Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross = 100 × Allowances for doubtful accounts ÷ Receivables, gross
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Ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. FedEx Corp.'s allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.