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The Calcbench Insider: February 2018
 
Happy February, Calcbench fans! Earnings seasons is here, and we’ve been hard at work developing our earnings release tools to help you dive into the data as much as you’d like. We also have a few insights about sustainability reporting, lease expenses, and the gusher of cash in third-quarter 2017.


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Get Behind the Data,
The Calcbench Team


What’s New in Calcbench
 
Prepare for filing season with Calcbench! Annual reports will arrive en mass this month. Calcbench can help you track, read, and analyze that flood of data. Read our tip sheet on setting up email alerts and peer groups. Skim our Recent Filings page and compare 2017 filings with prior years’ disclosures (numerical and text, of course).
 
Automatically capture data from earnings releases. Calcbench’s new feature captures earnings release data for your quick analysis. Our
first post is about how earnings releases are typically structured, our second is about how to search and digest releases.
 
See examples of tax reform disclosures. Companies have barely begun to understand and report the implications of the new tax bill — but some early examples are already here. Read how to use our
Interactive Disclosure tool. See examples from Nike, SuperValu, CHS Inc. and others.
 
Use Calcbench to research sustainability. Annual meeting season looms on the horizon, and many investor groups want to talk with companies about how their businesses embrace sustainability. Check out our posts:
examples of sustainability disclosure from our Interactive Disclosure database; and what companies are saying about the U.N. Sustainability Goals.

Geeking Out on the Data
Cash: Yep, companies had lots of it.
 
In November we noticed a trend that cash reported by the S&P 500 in third-quarter 2017 was approaching its highest level in years. Now that all the filings are in: yes, cash did hit record levels, for the S&P and for all corporate filers alike. See what the numbers were inside, and take a look at those trend lines across the last four years.

A new accounting standard goes into effect in December that will force companies to report the costs of operating leases as liabilities on the balance sheet. How big of a deal will that change be, exactly? We examined 36 large companies that have already filed their 2017 Form 10-Ks, to compare those leasing costs to total liabilities. Spoiler alert: the numbers are big. Read more inside.
 

Calcbench in the news and on the road
 
We will be speaking at the ‘What’s New in Financial Reporting’ forum hosted by the CFA Society of New York on Feb 15th. Register and say hello if you are in NYC.
 
Calcbench has been cited by the Wall Street Journal three times over the past two months. Check out this interactive cool tool for
an in-depth analysis of how tax reform might affect repatriation. Note the source!

 


Advanced Calcbench…
Pro Tip: Visit our Recent Filings page to see who has filed in the last few days. Yes, you can search by type of company, type of filing, and more.

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