Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Revenue Recognition

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Revenue Recognition: Case Study on Caltron Computers, Inc. Julie Mong April 17 , 2010 1. In general, evaluate Caltron's revenue recognition policy and the quality of Caltron's earnings. Caltron Computers, Inc., a computer hardware company, is publicly held with market capitalization amounting to over $450 million. Carlton’s system designs enable their mini-computer systems to measure up to the power of mainframes with small cost outlays. The accounting practices at Carlton normally permit revenue recognition after the shipment of the computer systems. Peale, Gower and Quill, Carlton’s auditors, are worried about the accounting practices regarding revenue recognition of certain transactions during the…show more content…
Further, acceptance could be either by means of an affirmative customer acceptance or on the customer not taking specific action to reject the product shipments (Grant Thornton, 2010). In the instant case of Elegant Housing, Inc. neither has the affirmative customer acceptance been received by Caltron Computers, Inc. nor has the 6 month trial period ending on May 15, 20X2 lapsed. In light of the above circumstances and the revenue recognition provisions, it is recommended that the revenue of $400,000 should not be recognized. Certain business situations necessitate that customers take title to the goods purchased, agree to pay for them and yet not be in a position to accept delivery of the goods. In such cases, the sellers fulfill the manufacturing requirements and segregate the goods in their warehouses so as to make the goods available to the customers for shipment. Such transactions are labeled ‘bill and hold’ agreements (Grant Thornton, 2010). SAB 104 lays down the following conditions that should all be fulfilled to enable revenue recognition in cases on non-delivery of goods: (1) The risks of ownership need to have been transferred to the purchasers, (2) The customers have made commitments, preferably written, to procure the goods, (3) The purchasers call for the ‘bill and hold’ transactions, (4) The buyers should be
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