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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

 
May 31, 2017 May 31, 2016 May 31, 2015 May 31, 2014 May 31, 2013 May 31, 2012
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Allowances for doubtful accounts
Receivables, gross
Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross1 % % % % % %

Source: Based on data from FedEx Corp. Annual Reports

2017 Calculations

1 Allowance as a percentage of receivables, gross = 100 × Allowances for doubtful accounts ÷ Receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ = %

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 declined from 2015 to 2016 but then increased from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

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