Updated July 15, 2023
Definition of Goodwill Impairment Test
Goodwill is an intangible asset for a business organization that records in the balance sheet only in case it is acquired by paying the money where the value of the goodwill is to be verified on an annual basis in order to measure whether the organization is able to generate the required cash flows or not and this whole process of testing the value of goodwill term as goodwill impairment test.
Goodwill is the benefit the company enjoys in the market over others. As per generally accepted accounting procedures, self-generated goodwill will not be recognized in accounts; only the purchased goodwill will be recognized in the accounts. The value of goodwill is to be tested to verify whether the company is enjoying the benefits and ability to generate cash flows from the goodwill and whether there is any decline in the valuation of goodwill. This testing procedure is called the goodwill impairment test, which is to be done on a regular interval, generally annually or at any time when the organization feels a decline in the value of goodwill. Goodwill is said to be impaired when the carrying value of goodwill is greater than goodwill’s fair value.
Steps of Goodwill Impairment Test
The following are the steps which require for goodwill impairment testing:
1. Identify the Factors Which Involve Testing
First of all, the organization needs to assess the factors which enforce the testing like the decline in share price, unfavorable cash flows, continuous losses, unfavorable market conditions, availability of substitutes, the decline in sales, increment in cost, unfavorable suit which results in heavy loss, etc. all these are the pre determinants for impairment testing. The organization also needs to assess whether all these factors affect goodwill valuation; if the answer is positive, the organization needs to conduct the goodwill impairment test immediately.
2. Revaluation of Goodwill
After accessing the potential factors, the organization should re-value the valuation of goodwill by comparing the organization’s value with the fair value. If the value of goodwill is more than the carrying value, then no revaluation require. If there is a decline in value, then goodwill will be re-valued by proper accounting policies and procedures. The market value of assets and liabilities is to be deducted from the market value of share capital to calculate fair value. The balancing figure, if positive, is goodwill, which is to be compared with the carrying value of goodwill. There are also other scientific methods through which goodwill is to be calculated.
3. Calculation of Impairment Loss
If the value of goodwill is less than the carrying amount in the balance sheet and the value is positive, then the impairment loss is to be debited to the profit and loss account; an impairment loss is a difference between the fair value of goodwill and the carrying value of goodwill, and if the fair value of the organization is less than the carrying value of an organization that means there is no goodwill at all, the whole carrying value of goodwill is to be debited to profit and loss account as an impairment loss.
Example of Goodwill Impairment Test
Following are the examples of the Goodwill Impairment Test:
XYZ Inc. purchased CMN Inc. for the value of $ 150 million when the net asset value of CMN Inc. was $ 120 Million, i.e., XYZ Inc. paid $ 30 Million for the goodwill, and accordingly, XYZ Inc. recognized $ 30 Million as goodwill valuation in the balance sheet. After 1-year, XYZ Inc. conducted the Goodwill Impairment test as the company’s cash flows started to decline. XYZ Inc. found that the valuation of net assets acquired from CMN Inc. declined to $ 110 Million, resulting in an impairment of $ 10 Million. So the impairment is adjusted from the goodwill, which is to be valued at $ 20 million, and $ 10 Million is shown as an Impairment loss.
- Following is ABC Ltd’s Balance sheet
|Liabilities||Amount ($ in a million)||Assets||Amount ($ in a million)|
|Shareholder’s Funds||Fixed Assets|
|Share Capital||1,500.00||Plant and Machinery||1,000.00|
|Reserves and Surplus||500||Immovable Property||800|
|Loans and Borrowings||Intangible assets|
|Trade Payables||15||Investment in shares||10|
The Market Value of Net Assets is as under:
|Particulars||(Amount $ in Million) Fair Value|
|Plant and Machinery||750|
|Investment in Shares||12|
|All other Assets and Liabilities at Book Value|
Conduct the Goodwill Impairment Test and Determine the re-valuation of Goodwill and Impairment loss, if any.
Calculation of Carrying Value of Net Assets
|Particulars||Amount ($ in Million)|
Calculation of Fair Value of Net Assets
|Particulars||Amount ($ in Million)|
|Plant and Machinery||750|
|Investment in shares||12|
Impairment of Assets is calculated as
- Impairment of Assets = $2000 Million – $1852 Million
- Impairment of Assets = $148 Million
Goodwill is said to be impaired.
- Revaluation of Goodwill = 200 – 148
- Revaluation of Goodwill = $ 52 Million
Impairment Loss is calculated as
- Impairment Loss = $200 Million – $52 Million
- Impairment Loss = $148 Million
Goodwill Impairment Test under US GAAP
The US GAAP testing procedure for goodwill impairment is as under:
- Suppose the Carrying Value of Assets, including goodwill, is more than the Fair value of assets. In that case, there is an impairment of Assets to be allocated to Goodwill, i.e., the impairment of assets is to be reduced from the carrying value of Goodwill.
- Under the second method, the fair value of tangible and identifiable intangibles must be determined and reduced from the carrying value of assets without goodwill. The fair value is to be reduced from the carrying value. The carrying amount is the value of goodwill to be compared with the carrying value of goodwill. If the value determined is less than the carrying value, then goodwill is said to be impaired and revalued accordingly.
The goodwill impairment test is one of the procedures to determine whether the value reflects in the balance sheet as goodwill carries a fair value. There are many scientific and recognized methods to determine the fair value of goodwill. Still, the most commonly used method is to compare the carrying amount of assets, including goodwill, with the fair value of assets. If the carrying value is more than the impairment of an asset is to be reduced from goodwill valuation. Accordingly, the impairment loss is to be debited to the profit and loss account.
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