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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.
Receivables Accounting Policy
Allowance for Uncollectible Accounts Receivable
Accounts receivable, net consist primarily of amounts receivable from customers. NIKE makes ongoing estimates relating to the collectability of its accounts receivable and maintains an allowance for estimated losses resulting from the inability of its customers to make required payments. In determining the amount of the allowance, NIKE considers historical levels of credit losses and makes judgments about the creditworthiness of significant customers based on ongoing credit evaluations. Accounts receivable with anticipated collection dates greater than 12 months from the balance sheet date and related allowances are considered non-current and recorded in Deferred income taxes and other assets. The allowance for uncollectible accounts receivable was $30 million and $19 million at May 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
Source: 10-K (filing date: 2018-07-25).
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable
Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-07-25), 10-K (filing date: 2017-07-20), 10-K (filing date: 2016-07-21), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-23), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-25), 10-K (filing date: 2013-07-23).
1 Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross = 100 × Allowance for uncollectible accounts receivable ÷ Accounts receivable, gross
= 100 × ÷ =
|Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross||Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable.||Nike Inc.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross declined from 2016 to 2017 but then slightly increased from 2017 to 2018.|