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Microsoft Excel LibreOffice Calc

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH)


Financial Reporting Quality: Aggregate Accruals

Advanced level

Earnings can be decomposed into cash and accrual components. The accrual component (aggregate accruals) has been found to have less persistence than the cash component, and therefore (1) earnings with higher accrual component are less persistent than earnings with smaller accrual component, all else equal; and (2) the cash component of earnings should receive a higher weighting evaluating company performance.


Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio

UnitedHealth Group Inc., balance sheet computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in millions

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Operating Assets
Total assets hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Cash and cash equivalents hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Short-term investments hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Operating assets hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Operating Liabilities
Total liabilities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Commercial paper and current maturities of long-term debt hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Long-term debt, less current maturities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Operating liabilities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
 
Net operating assets1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals2 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Financial Ratio
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio3 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Benchmarks
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors4
Becton, Dickinson & Co. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Intuitive Surgical Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Medtronic PLC hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Stryker Corp. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Health Care Equipment & Services hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Balance-Sheet-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Health Care hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-12), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-13), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-09), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-10).

1 2018 Calculation
Net operating assets = Operating assets – Operating liabilities
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2 2018 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals = Net operating assets2018 – Net operating assets2017
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3 2018 Calculation
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio = 100 × Balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × hidden ÷ [(hidden + hidden) ÷ 2] = hidden

4 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Balance-sheet-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing balance-sheet-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the balance-sheet-based accruals ratio, UnitedHealth Group Inc. deteriorated earnings quality from 2017 to 2018.

Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio

UnitedHealth Group Inc., cash flow statement computation of aggregate accruals

US$ in millions

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Dec 31, 2018 Dec 31, 2017 Dec 31, 2016 Dec 31, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Net earnings attributable to UnitedHealth Group common shareholders hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Cash flows from operating activities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Cash flows used for investing activities hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Financial Ratio
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Benchmarks
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Competitors2
Becton, Dickinson & Co. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Intuitive Surgical Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Medtronic PLC hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Stryker Corp. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Sector
Health Care Equipment & Services hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Cash-Flow-Statement-Based Accruals Ratio, Industry
Health Care hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-12), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-13), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-08), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-09), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-10).

1 2018 Calculation
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio = 100 × Cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals ÷ Avg. net operating assets
= 100 × hidden ÷ [(hidden + hidden) ÷ 2] = hidden

2 Click competitor name to see calculations.

Financial ratio Description The company
Cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio Ratio is found by dividing cash-flow-statement-based aggregate accruals by average net operating assets. Using the cash-flow-statement-based accruals ratio, UnitedHealth Group Inc. deteriorated earnings quality from 2017 to 2018.