Business Combinations and Consolidations

3 Credits: Accounting


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Business Combinations and Consolidations

Course Level
CPE Credits

3 Credits: Accounting

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth exploration of accounting for business combinations and consolidations, offering significant features like detailed guidance on the acquisition method, equity method, and goodwill accounting. The benefits for participants are multi-fold. First, it enhances their understanding of complex transactions such as business mergers and acquisitions. Second, it equips them with the skills to accurately account for and integrate the financial operations of merged entities. Lastly, it increases their value as accounting professionals by expanding their expertise beyond routine transactions. Participants will emerge from the course with a clearer understanding and greater confidence in handling the accounting intricacies of business combinations and consolidations.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Identify the circumstances under which step and reverse acquisitions occur.

Chapter 2

  • Specify the calculations required to determine the amount of ownership in an investee under the equity method.

Chapter 3

  • Recognize the situations in which impairment testing is to be conducted, and when goodwill amortization can be used.

Chapter 4

  • Identify the situations in which a controlling financial interest cannot be determined, as well as the types of eliminations used when conducting a consolidation.
  • Recognize when financial statements are considered to be special-use.

Chapter 5

  • Recognize the actions needed to centralize accounting activities following a business combination.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
October 19, 2022

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …