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Analysis of Bad Debts
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.
Accounting Policy on Receivables
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
Disney maintains an allowance for doubtful accounts to reserve for potentially uncollectible receivables. The allowance for doubtful accounts is estimated based on Disney’s analysis of trends in overall receivables aging, specific identification of certain receivables that are at risk of not being paid, past collection experience and current economic trends.
Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-11-20).
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable
|Sep 28, 2019||Sep 29, 2018||Sep 30, 2017||Oct 1, 2016||Oct 3, 2015||Sep 27, 2014|
|Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)|
|Allowance for doubtful accounts|
|Current receivables, gross|
|Allowance as a percentage of current receivables, gross1|
Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-11-20), 10-K (filing date: 2018-11-21), 10-K (filing date: 2017-11-22), 10-K (filing date: 2016-11-23), 10-K (filing date: 2015-11-25), 10-K (filing date: 2014-11-19).
1 2019 Calculation
Allowance as a percentage of current receivables, gross = 100 × Allowance for doubtful accounts ÷ Current receivables, gross
= 100 × ÷ =
|Financial ratio||Description||The company|
|Allowance as a percentage of current receivables, gross||Allowance for doubtful accounts divided by the gross accounts receivable.||Walt Disney Co.’s allowance as a percentage of current receivables, gross decreased from 2017 to 2018 and from 2018 to 2019.|