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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.


Allowance for Doubtful Accounts Receivable

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Jan 31, 2019 Jan 31, 2018 Jan 31, 2017 Jan 31, 2016 Jan 31, 2015 Jan 31, 2014
Selected Financial Data (USD $ in millions)
Allowance for doubtful accounts hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Accounts receivable, gross hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Ratio
Allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-03-08), 10-K (filing date: 2018-03-09), 10-K (filing date: 2017-03-06), 10-K (filing date: 2016-03-07), 10-K (filing date: 2015-03-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-03-05).

2019 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. salesforce.com inc.’s allowance as a percentage of accounts receivable, gross increased from 2017 to 2018 but then slightly declined from 2018 to 2019 not reaching 2017 level.