Balance Sheet Reserves
What it is:
How it works (Example):
Let's assume Company XYZ has to recall one of its products andrefunds to customers. It expects customer returns to trickle in over the next six months. To ensure that it has enough ready to refunds, it creates a reserve of $10,000. As customers request refunds, Company XYZ reduces the $10,000 reserve.
Insurance companies often set up balance sheet reserves to ensure they have enough set aside to pay out claims. The reserves often equal the value of claims that have been filed but not paid out yet.
Why it Matters:
Balance sheet reserves are recorded as liabilities on the. In some industries, such as insurance, regulators set standards for how and when to set up balance sheet reserves.