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Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc

Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY)

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.

Receivables Accounting Policy


Trade receivables, net, of $4.9 billion and $4.1 billion at December 31, 2018, and 2017, respectively, represent rights to payment for which Occidental has satisfied its obligations under a contract with a customer and its right to payment is conditioned only on the passage of time.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-21).

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
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Trade receivables, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-23).

2018 Calculations

1 Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Trade receivables, gross
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Ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s allowance as a percentage of trade receivables, gross declined from 2016 to 2017 but then increased from 2017 to 2018 exceeding 2016 level.