Overview
and Goodwill Impairment Tool Inputs
ASC 350 (formerly FAS142) requires
that companies evaluate goodwill valuation on an annual basis or
more frequently if certain triggering events have occured. Evaluating
goodwill involves comparing the fairvalue to the recorded value of goodwill.
If recorded value exceeds the associated fairvalue, then impairment
has occured and the company must write down a portion or all of their
goodwill.
Our
Tool
helps companies value their goodwill using the discounted cash flow method
and determine the amount of impairment, if any.
Using this method, cash flows are estimated for ten
years and then a 'residual value' is computed for the value of the reporting
unit after ten years. These amounts are then adjusted using a discount
rate to determine their value today.
Tool Inputs
Our Tool allows for up to five different cash flow scenarios.
The user specifies the probability of each outcome. You
may adjust a number of different inputs to model each scenario. The following
inputs are used to gather the information for each goodwill asset (a
new workbook is created for each goodwill asset on the books).
The following inputs are collected for all scenarios
as a basis for computation (see Figure 1):
Company Name, Reporting Unit and Project Manager 
The Tool provides input for the company name and the associated
reporting unit/subsidiary if needed along with the responsible party. 
Valuation Date and Next valuation date 
The Tool records the date the current valuation is performed for
use in reporting and a next valuation date is provided to remind
you to perform the next valuation. 
Carrying Value of Assets (including the goodwill) 
This input gathers the unit's asset balance at the valuation date
that is used in the calculation. 
Carrying Value of Liabilities 
The Liabilities carried for the Unit, if any. 
Carrying Value of Goodwill 
The goodwill value recorded for the unit. This value is used to
determine the potential impairment. 
Expected Operating Cashflows 
The expected cashflows of the unit used as the basis for the growth
rate of cashflows for the scenarios to compute the net present value. 
Expected Capital Expenditure 
The CapEx spending on the unit used to adjust the cashflows and
as the basis for CapEx growth in the scenarios. 
Default Tax Rate 
The Tax rate to be used as the default tax rate for all scenarios.
We provide an option to override the individual tax rate for each
year in each scenario to give you more flexibility. 
Current Debt Balance 
The Debt balance for the unit used to adjust the Net value of the
asset. 
Discount Rate 
The "Discount" interest rate used to approximate interest and as
the interest rate input to the NPV formula. 
Estimated Inflation Rate 
The Inflation rate used to adjust the Discount Rate in the Discounted
cash flow method. 
Figure 1. Input screen for all scenarios to provide
basis for computation.
Scenarios
The FAS142 Tool provides spaces for up to five scenarios
each with up to ten years of future performance projections. With these
scenarios, you can project potential future performance for
the unit and to score the various outcomes using a probability input.
The probability input informs the Tool as to how to weight the various
scenarios in the final computation used to determine actual value and
possible impairment. You do not need to use all scenarios (just leave
the probability input as
0
to ignore
unused
scenarios).
Calculations
are
shown for each
scenario. See Figure 2. Help text is available for the key inputs with
the buttons marked with .
The following inputs are collected for each scenario:
Subjective Rating and Detail inputs 
The Detail input gives you a narrative to describe this scenario.
There is also a field to choose between five potential likelihoods:
Very High, High, Moderate, Low
and Remote.
This dropdown
list gives
you
an
easy way
to rate
the scenario (however, this is informational only, the probability
actually determines the rating). 
Cashflow Growth Rate 
The rate the current Cashflow is expected to change (up or down)
for the unit in this scenario. This input defines the upside potential
for the unit. There are ten inputs for each year in the scenario. 
CapEx Growth Rate 
The rate the current Capital Expenditure is expected to change
(up or down) for the unit in this scenario. This input defines the
cost
potential
for the unit. There are ten inputs for each year in the scenario. 
Effective Tax Rate 
The Tax rate used to adjust the value of the Cashflow. This input
defaults to the Default Tax rate defined above but can be overriden
to permit more control (for example to adjust for tax benefits relating
to capital expediture or other possible tax treatment). There are
ten inputs for each year in the scenario. 
Sustainable Cashflow Growth Rate Beyond Year 10 
The Sustainable Growth input provides the means to define the expected
future growth of this unit for the years after year 10 to value the
longterm cashflow potential of the unit. 
Probability Score 
This input indicates the weighting for this scenario in the final
net value computation. This input can be 0 (ignore) to 100% (only
use this scenario). 
Figure 2. Scenario Input screen for
up to five scenarios to provide basis for computation; only three are
shown for brevity.
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