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Union Pacific Corp. (UNP)


Analysis of Bad Debts

High level of difficulty

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

Accounts Receivable

Accounts receivable includes receivables reduced by an allowance for doubtful accounts. The allowance is based upon historical losses, credit worthiness of customers, and current economic conditions. Receivables not expected to be collected in one year and the associated allowances are classified as other assets in UPC’s Consolidated Statements of Financial Position.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08).


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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Accounts receivable, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Ratio
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Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-09), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-03), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-05), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-06).

2018 Calculations

1 Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Accounts receivable, gross
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Ratio Description The company
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable. Union Pacific Corp.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross declined from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.