Note 5 Non-current assets
5.1 Goodwill
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In the year following the acquisition of a consolidated company, fair value adjustments are made to the identifiable assets and liabilities acquired and the acquisition price is allocated. For this purpose, fair values are determined in the new subsidiary’s local currency.

 

Goodwill

 

Goodwill, representing the excess of the cost of a business combination over the Group’s interest in the net fair value of the identifiable assets and liabilities acquired at the acquisition date, is recognized in assets under “Goodwill”. Goodwill mainly results from the expected synergies and other benefits arising from the business combinations that have not been recognized as separated assets in IFRS.
In accordance with IFRS 3 (revised) – Business Combinations, each time it acquires an interest of less than 100% in an entity, the Group must choose whether to measure the non-controlling interest at fair value or as the non-controlling interest’s proportionate share of the acquiree’s identifiable net assets (with no change possible later in the event of an additional interest being acquired that does not transfer control). If the business is measured at its total fair value including non-controlling interests, goodwill attributable to non-controlling interests is also recognized.
Goodwill arising on investments in associates – corresponding to companies over which the Group exercises significant influence – is included in the carrying amount of the associate concerned.
Goodwill arising on the acquisition of subsidiaries is reported separately.
Goodwill is tested for impairment at least once a year and more frequently if there is any indication that it may be impaired. If the carrying amount of goodwill exceeds its recoverable amount, an irreversible impairment loss is recognized in the income statement.

 

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