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What would be the impact of the polysilicon cost increase on Canadian Solar’s gross profit and on its standard variances?

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) and other solar panel manufacturers are facing a shortage of a key raw material used in the production of solar panels, polysilicon. Environmental regulators in China shut down several factories, triggering the shortage. The cost of polysilicon has risen by as much as 35% in the past several months. A kilogram […]

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Will the costs of converting UPS trucks from diesel to electric be capitalized or expensed?

UPS is working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to develop new technology that will allow UPS to convert its diesel-fueled delivery trucks to electric-fueled. UPS hopes to have a working model of the converted delivery truck ready sometime in 2018. The plan is to convert 1,500 of the company’s delivery […]

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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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4 videos covering each of Facebook’s condensed and adapted financial statements

Recently, I created some videos about each of the four basic financial statements, using Facebook’s financial statements as the data source for the statements. I condensed and adapted each of Facebook’s financial statements into a shorter, more digestible length for the introductory accounting student. Here are the four videos and the related links: Video topic […]

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How will the reservation, purchase agreement, and the delivery of a Model 3 impact Tesla’s financial statements?

Since 2016, Tesla has been accepting reservations for its Model 3 car, which is a mid-size all-electric four-door sedan. The long-range battery Model 3 (310 miles on a single charge) starts at $50,000 while the standard range battery Model 3 (220 miles) starts at $35,000. Production cannot keep up with demand for this model. Tesla […]

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Cash basis vs accrual accounting example: A quick video

In introductory accounting, students can struggle to understand the difference between cash basis accounting and accrual basis accounting. I created a simple example that highlights the difference between the two basis of accounting. I created a short video (3:30 min.) of this example. Feel free to share the video with your students – the YouTube link […]

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Wait! Why is the bank debiting my account to decrease it? Isn’t that backwards?

Debit-credit rules are challenging for students. Students’ exposure to debits-credits when they arrive in introductory accounting may be limited to what they see on their bank statements – and those debits-credits are seemingly backwards. I recorded a short video (2:36 min) to explain why debits and credits seem to be backwards on bank statements. You […]

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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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A video of five example transactions at Cedar Point Amusement Park

For this blog post, I have created a video in which I walk through the journal entries for five hypothetical transactions at Cedar Point Amusement Park. This video is appropriate for the beginning of an introductory financial accounting course. The transactions covered include: Sell admission to the park; purchase merchandise inventory for the gift shop; […]

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