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When will Maroon 5 recognize revenue from its 2018 concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City?

During 2018, the band Maroon 5 is touring across the U.S. on its “Red Pill Blues Tour 2018.” Two of those concerts, on October 14 and 15, will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Madison Square Garden has a seating capacity for concerts of approximately 19,000. According to a Business Insider […]

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Given that Toys “R” Us has declared bankruptcy, what are its current, quick, and debt ratios?

Toys “R” Us (see https://www.toysrusinc.com/investors) declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2017, for its US operations. The toy retailer is seeking to restructure or remove some of its debts. Toys “R” Us is also looking to take similar actions for its Canadian operations. Here are the two most recent Toys “R” Us balance sheets. […]

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Would Subway have disclosed or accrued for the class-action lawsuit filed against it for the length of its footlong subs?

Nine Subway customers joined forces to file a class-action lawsuit against Subway, alleging that its footlong submarine sandwiches were not actually a foot, or 12 inches, in length, but were closer to 11 inches.  The class action suit was filed in 2013 and Subway settled a few years later, agreeing to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys […]

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What is the impact on Netflix’s assets, liabilities, and equity from its new credit line?

In July 2017, Netflix, Inc., (NASDAQ: NFLX) obtained a new credit line for $500 million through five lenders. This credit line means that Netflix will be able to borrow as it needs cash to fund its operations. According to Netflix’s regulatory filing, it plans to use the funds for operations and general corporate needs. The […]

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NEW! Create Customized Financial Accounting Case Assignments with the Accounting Case Template

The Accounting Case Template (ACT) is a web tool I designed that allows instructors to quickly build an introductory financial accounting case assignment. A variety of options are provided from which the instructor can choose, allowing the instructor to quickly build a case assignment customized for his/her specific course. It takes about two minutes to […]

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How should AmTrust have accounted for the sales of its extended warranty plans to avoid restating three years of financial statements?

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., (NASDAQ: AFSI) is a multinational property and casualty insurance company headquartered in New York.  In 2017, the company had to restate three years of financial statements due to several accounting errors, the key one being how it accounted for extended warranties. AmTrust provides extended-service plans (ESP) for automobiles and other consumer […]

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What has been the accounts payable turnover trend for Hasbro and Mattel?

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) are two companies in the toy and game industry. Hasbro products include Monopoly board games, G.I. Joe dolls, Furby electronic stuffed animals, Transformers mechanical toys, and the My Little Pony toys. Mattel products include Fisher-Price toys, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels cars, American Girl dolls, Apples to […]

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How does Apple’s issuance of bonds and buyback of its own stock impact its accounting equation?

In May 2017, Apple Inc., filed a prospectus with the SEC, indicating that it would be issuing another $7 billion in bonds during 2017. (Apple issued $10 billion in bonds in February 2017 in the US and $1 billion in Taiwan.) With the bond proceeds, Apple will be buying back its own stock. Apple has […]

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How should Ford treat the contingency resulting from the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 owners’ class action lawsuit?

Ford Motor Company produces and sells the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, which Ford markets as a track-ready car built to reach and sustain high speeds. Three of the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 owners have filed a class action suit against Ford, alleging that these cars are not track-ready. These owners claim that the car […]

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How is Tesla’s balance sheet impacted by its issuance of common stock and convertible five-year notes?

Tesla, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) is ramping up to begin production of the Tesla Model 3. The Model 3 is an all-electric four-door compact luxury sedan that will have a range of at least 215 miles. It will be the most affordable of the Tesla models, starting at $35,000 for the base model. As of mid-March […]

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