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What impact did Toys “R” Us debt have on its bankruptcy?

When privately-held Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy in fall 2017, it disclosed that it had $5 billion in debt and was spending about $400 million per year for interest on that debt. Toys “R” Us net debt was $109.0 million in 2005, just before being taken over by private equity buyers in 2005. In […]

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How are CVS’s balance sheet and ratios impacted by its $40 billion bond issuance?

CVS Health Corporation issued $40 billion in bonds on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. This bond issuance was the third largest US corporate bond issuance in history (the others were Verizon Communication Inc.’s $49 billion deal in 2013 and Anheuser-Busch InBev SA’s $46 billion offering in 2016.) CVS issued the bonds to raise funds to pay […]

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How would 3M account for the contingent liability arising from an environmental lawsuit?

The State of Minnesota is suing 3M (NYSE:MMM) for $5 billion in damages, alleging that 3M dumped chemicals it produced into landfills from the 1940s through the 1970s. The State asserts that those chemicals have now leached into local groundwater, affecting about 60,000 residents. 3M’s attorneys have responded that the chemicals have not been proven […]

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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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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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