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Unformatted text preview: air value with any changes in fair value recorded in earnings. In estimating the value of retained interest, Dell
made a variety of financial assumptions, including pool credit losses, payment rates, and discount rates. These assumptions were supported by both
Dell's historical experience and anticipated trends relative to the particular receivable pool.
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts — Dell recognizes an allowance for losses on accounts receivable in an amount equal to the estimated probable
losses net of recoveries. The allowance is based on an analysis of historical bad debt experience, current receivables aging, and expected future
write-offs, as well as an assessment of specific identifiable customer accounts considered at risk or uncollectible. The expense associated with the
allowance for doubtful accounts is recognized as selling, general, and administrative expense.
Allowance for Financing Receivables Losses — Dell recognizes an allowance for losses on financing receivables in an amount equal to the probable
losses net of recoveries. The allowance for losses is generally determined at the aggregate portfolio level based on a variety of factors, including
historical and anticipated experience, past due receivables, receivable type, and customer risk profile. Customer account principal and interest are
charged to the allowance for losses when an account is deemed to be uncollectible or when the account is 180 days delinquent. While Dell does not
place financing receivables on non-accrual status during the delinquency period, accrued interest is included in the allowance for loss calculation and
Dell is therefore adequately reserved in the event of charge off. Recoveries on receivables previously charged off as uncollectible are recorded to the
allowance for financing receivables losses. The expense associated with the allowance for financing receivables losses is recognized as cost of net
revenue. Both fixed and revolving receivable loss rates are affected by macro-economic conditions including the level of GDP growth,
unemployment rates, the level of commercial capital equipment investment, and the credit quality of the borrower. See Note 4 of Notes to
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