Introduction to Reporting Long-Term Liabilities

What you will learn to do: Illustrate proper reporting of long-term liabilities

You may have noticed that, much like with assets, certain categories can include both non-current and current liabilities. In the assets section of the balance sheet, we saw that some investments could be current and some non-current. In the liabilities section, we see that long-term debt includes a current portion, and you can see that below on the liabilities section of the balance sheet for Ford Motor Company for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019.

Notice, too, Ford presents their comparative report with the current year in the rightmost column, unlike many of the other companies we’ve observed so far, that show the most current year in the leftmost column. GAAP doesn’t go into that much detail in prescribing the presentation, but most companies show newest to oldest from left to right.

(in millions)
Description December 31, 2018 December 31, 2019
Subcategory, LIABILITIES
Payables $     21,520 $     20,673
Other liabilities and deferred revenue (Note 17) 20,556 22,987
Automotive debt payable within one year (Note 20) 2,314 1,445
Ford Credit debt payable within one year (Note 20) 51,179 52,371
Other debt payable within one year (Note 20) 130
Liabilities held for sale (Note 24) 526
      Total current liabilities Single line
Single line
Other liabilities and deferred revenue (Note 17) 23,588 25,324
Automotive long-term debt (Note 20) 11,233 13,233
Ford Credit long-term debt (Note 20) 88,887 87,658
Other long-term debt (Note 20) 600 470
Deferred income taxes (Note 7) 597 490
      Total liabilities Single line
Single line

Also, notice that Ford makes reference to the footnotes for each line item of both current and non-current liabilities, and in this section, you’ll be studying both the presentation of long-term debt and other liabilities and the disclosures that go with them.