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Analysis of Property, Plant and Equipment

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Property, Plant and Equipment Accounting Policy

Land is recorded at historical cost. Buildings and equipment, including capitalized interest and internal engineering costs, are recorded at cost and depreciated over estimated useful lives, primarily using the straight-line method. Ordinary maintenance and repairs are charged to cost of sales. Buildings are usually depreciated over 40 years, and equipment, furniture, and software are usually depreciated over 3 to 10 years. Fully depreciated assets are retained in buildings and equipment until disposal. When an item is sold or retired, the accounts are relieved of its cost and related accumulated depreciation and the resulting gains and losses, if any, are recognized in earnings. As of May 27, 2018, assets held for sale were insignificant.

Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset (or asset group) may not be recoverable. An impairment loss would be recognized when estimated undiscounted future cash flows from the operation and disposition of the asset group are less than the carrying amount of the asset group. Asset groups have identifiable cash flows and are largely independent of other asset groups. Measurement of an impairment loss would be based on the excess of the carrying amount of the asset group over its fair value. Fair value is measured using a discounted cash flow model or independent appraisals, as appropriate.

Source: General Mills Inc., Annual Report


Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

General Mills Inc., Statement of Financial Position, Property, Plant and Equipment

USD $ in thousands

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May 27, 2018 May 28, 2017 May 29, 2016 May 31, 2015 May 25, 2014 May 26, 2013
Land hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Buildings hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Buildings under capital lease hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Equipment hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Equipment under capital lease hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Capitalized software hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Construction in progress hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land, buildings, and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Accumulated depreciation hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land, buildings, and equipment, less accumulated depreciation hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Source: Based on data from General Mills Inc. Annual Reports

Item Description The company
Land Carrying amount as of the balance sheet date of real estate held for productive use. This excludes land held for sale. General Mills Inc.'s land declined from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.
Construction in progress Carrying amount at the balance sheet date of long-lived asset under construction that include construction costs to date on capital projects that have not been completed and assets being constructed that are not ready to be placed into service. General Mills Inc.'s construction in progress declined from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 not reaching 2016 level.
Land, buildings, and equipment, gross Carrying amount at the balance sheet date for long-lived physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. This can include land, physical structures, machinery, vehicles, furniture, computer equipment, construction in progress, and similar items. Amount does not include depreciation. General Mills Inc.'s land, buildings, and equipment, gross increased from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.
Land, buildings, and equipment, less accumulated depreciation Tangible assets that are held by an entity for use in the production or supply of goods and services, for rental to others, or for administrative purposes and that are expected to provide economic benefit for more than one year; net of accumulated depreciation. Examples include land, buildings, and production equipment. General Mills Inc.'s land, buildings, and equipment, less accumulated depreciation declined from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.

Property, Plant and Equipment Ratios (Summary)

General Mills Inc., Property, Plant and Equipment Ratios

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May 27, 2018 May 28, 2017 May 29, 2016 May 31, 2015 May 25, 2014 May 26, 2013
Average age hidden% hidden% hidden% hidden% hidden% hidden%
Ratio Description The company
Average age As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company's fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. General Mills Inc.'s average age of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 but then improved from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.

Average Age

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May 27, 2018 May 28, 2017 May 29, 2016 May 31, 2015 May 25, 2014 May 26, 2013
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in thousands)
Accumulated depreciation hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land, buildings, and equipment, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Land hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Ratio
Average age1 hidden% hidden% hidden% hidden% hidden% hidden%

2018 Calculations

1 Average age = 100 × Accumulated depreciation ÷ (Land, buildings, and equipment, gross – Land)
= 100 × hidden ÷ (hiddenhidden) = hidden%

Ratio Description The company
Average age As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company's fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. General Mills Inc.'s average age of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2016 to 2017 but then improved from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.