Early Impressions of Australia's Brave New World of Goodwill Impairment

MGSM Working Paper No. 2007-1

26 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2007

See all articles by Tyrone M. Carlin

Tyrone M. Carlin

Southern Cross University; The University of Sydney Business School

Nigel Finch

Saki Partners

Date Written: January 2007

Abstract

The 2006 reporting year represents the first year in which substantial quantities of financial statements prepared by Australian listed corporations in accordance with the requirements of A-IFRS have become available for inspection.

It is the purpose of this paper to develop an impression of the manner in which the Australian goodwill reporting regime, AASB 136 - Impairment of Assets, has unfolded in this initial implementation period. This research focuses on the elections and disclosures made by the 20 largest Australian listed corporations and focuses on the development of a more nuanced comprehension of the degree of conservatism or aggression inherent in value in use estimates employed in their determination of impairment.

Several dimensions of the goodwill reporting regime are investigated including, the role of cash generating units (CGU), the estimation of the recoverable amounts of CGU assets, and other key factors such as discount rates, growth rates, forecast periods and terminal values.

Keywords: Goodwill, Financial Reporting, Creative Accounting, Impairment Accounting

JEL Classification: M41, G31

Suggested Citation

Carlin, Tyrone M. and Finch, Nigel, Early Impressions of Australia's Brave New World of Goodwill Impairment (January 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=954667 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.954667

Tyrone M. Carlin (Contact Author)

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Nigel Finch

Saki Partners ( email )

Australia

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