ASC 820 level 3 net assets and goodwill impairment losses Online publication date: Sat, 22-Oct-2016
by Christopher J. Skousen; Li Sun
International Journal of Economics and Accounting (IJEA), Vol. 7, No. 3, 2016
Abstract: Ramanna and Watts (2012) suggest that firms with more unverifiable or unobservable net assets have greater incentives to reduce goodwill impairment losses. This study complements Ramanna and Watts (2012) by providing an additional test in a unique setting because level 3 assets and liabilities under ASC 820 are unverifiable or unobservable in nature. Using 701 firm-year observations from 2008 to 2013, we document a significant and negative relation between level 3 net assets of acquiring firms and goodwill impairment losses, supporting Ramanna and Watts (2012).
Online publication date: Sat, 22-Oct-2016
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