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Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc

United Technologies Corp. (UTX)


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

Accounts Receivable

Current and long-term accounts receivable as of December 31, 2018 includes retainage of $116 million and unbilled receivables of $678 million, which primarily includes unbilled receivables with commercial aerospace customers. Current and long-term accounts receivable as of December 31, 2017 include retainage of $118 million and unbilled receivables of $2,770 million, which includes approximately $1,109 million of unbilled receivables under commercial aerospace long-term aftermarket contracts.

Retainage represents amounts that, pursuant to the applicable contract, are not due until project completion and acceptance by the customer. Unbilled receivables represent revenues that are not currently billable to the customer under the terms of the contract. These items are expected to be billed and collected in the normal course of business. Upon adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, and its related amendments (collectively, the New Revenue Standard) on January 1, 2018, the majority of unbilled receivables have been reclassified to contract assets as described below. Unbilled receivables where UTC has an unconditional right to payment are included in Accounts receivable as of December 31, 2018.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07).


Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
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Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-07), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-09), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-09), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-11), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-05).

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. United Technologies Corp.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross declined from 2016 to 2017 and from 2017 to 2018.