Purpose: To help familiarize you with the financial reporting of a real company in order to further your understanding of the chapter material you are learning.
This case focuses on the liabilities of Columbia Sportswear Company. Current liabilities are those obligations that will become due and payable within the next year or operating cycle (whichever is longer), while long-term liabilities are those that are due and payable more than one year from the balance sheet date. It is important to properly classify and report these liabilities because they affect liquidity. We will now consider the current and long-term liabilities of Columbia Sportswear Company. Refer to the Columbia Sportswear Company financial statements found in Appendix A. Also, consider notes 8, 9, 10, and 11 in the footnotes included in the annual report.
1. What was the balance of total current liabilities at December 31, 2010? What was the balance of total current liabilities at December 31, 2009? Did the amount of ending total current liabilities increase or decrease? What caused the biggest change in total current liabilities?
2. Look at the balance of accrued liabilities at December 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009. Then look at the footnote that provides the breakdown of the total accrued liabilities. What makes up the accrued liabilities and why would they be included in the current liability section? Which liability made up the biggest portion of the accrued liabilities?
3. Look at the financing activities section of the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows. Can you see the amount of additions to notes payable and long-term debt over the last three years? Can you see the amount of reductions of notes payable and long-term debt over the last three fiscal years? Does it appear that Columbia Sportswear Company is borrowing more than it repays or repaying more than it borrows?
4. Compare the total amount of current liabilities to the total amount of long-term liabilities at December 31, 2010. Is the amount of total current liabilities more than or less than the total long-term liabilities? What do these results mean? Is the amount of total stockholders' equity more than or less than the total of all the liabilities at December 31 , 2010? What does this result mean?
5. Examine the long-term liabilities section of the balance sheet. Can you determine what deferred income taxes are? Why does income taxes payable appear in both the current liabilities and long-term liabilities sections of the balance sheet?