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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ)

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Analysis of Property, Plant and Equipment

Advanced level

Property, Plant and Equipment Disclosure

Verizon Communications Inc., balance sheet: property, plant and equipment

US$ in millions

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Land
Buildings and equipment
Central office and other network equipment
Cable, poles and conduit
Leasehold improvements
Work in progress
Furniture, vehicles and other
Plant, property and equipment, at cost
Accumulated depreciation
Plant, property and equipment, net

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-21).

Item Description The company
Plant, property and equipment, at cost Amount before accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Verizon Communications Inc.’s plant, property and equipment, at cost increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Plant, property and equipment, net Amount after accumulated depreciation, depletion and amortization of physical assets used in the normal conduct of business to produce goods and services and not intended for resale. Examples include, but are not limited to, land, buildings, machinery and equipment, office equipment, and furniture and fixtures. Verizon Communications Inc.’s plant, property and equipment, net increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Asset Age Ratios (Summary)

Verizon Communications Inc., asset age ratios

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Average age ratio
Estimated total useful life (years)
Estimated age, time elapsed since purchase (years)
Estimated remaining life (years)

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-21).

Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age ratio As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company’s fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Verizon Communications Inc.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company’s depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Verizon Communications Inc.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company’s fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Verizon Communications Inc.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.
Estimated remaining life Verizon Communications Inc.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Average Age

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation
Plant, property and equipment, at cost
Land
Asset Age Ratio
Average age1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-21).

2020 Calculations

1 Average age = 100 × Accumulated depreciation ÷ (Plant, property and equipment, at cost – Land)
= 100 × ÷ () =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Average age As long as straight-line depreciation is used, this is an accurate estimate of asset age as a percentage of depreciable life. The relative age is a useful measure of whether the company’s fixed asset base is old or new. Newer assets are likely to be more efficient. Verizon Communications Inc.’s average age ratio of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Estimated Total Useful Life

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Plant, property and equipment, at cost
Land
Depreciation expense
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated total useful life1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-21).

2020 Calculations

1 Estimated total useful life = (Plant, property and equipment, at cost – Land) ÷ Depreciation expense
= () ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated total useful life Over longer time periods, this ratio is a useful measure of company’s depreciation policy and can be used for comparisons with competitors. Verizon Communications Inc.’s estimated total useful life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Estimated Age, Time Elapsed since Purchase

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Accumulated depreciation
Depreciation expense
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Time elapsed since purchase1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-21).

2020 Calculations

1 Time elapsed since purchase = Accumulated depreciation ÷ Depreciation expense
= ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated time elapsed since purchase The approximate age in years of a company’s fixed assets. Useful for comparison purposes. Verizon Communications Inc.’s estimated time elapsed since purchase of depreciable property, plant and equipment deteriorated from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.

Estimated Remaining Life

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Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Plant, property and equipment, net
Land
Depreciation expense
Asset Age Ratio (Years)
Estimated remaining life1

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2021-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2020-02-21), 10-K (filing date: 2019-02-15), 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-21).

2020 Calculations

1 Estimated remaining life = (Plant, property and equipment, net – Land) ÷ Depreciation expense
= () ÷ =

Asset age ratio Description The company
Estimated remaining life Verizon Communications Inc.’s estimated remaining life of depreciable property, plant and equipment increased from 2018 to 2019 and from 2019 to 2020.