So let me get this straight:
GAAP: Use full goodwill
IFRS: Use partial goodwill (but you can use full also)
Then why in one of the Schweser Mock exams does it use partial goodwill for an investment in an associate (equity method problem): Accounted for with GAAP, 185 million cash purchase price for 20% of the company with net identifiable assets of 738, partial goodwill = 185 - (0.2x738) = 37.4
Shouldn’t the goodwill be full goodwill since we are using GAAP?
How do assets remain the same for the acquiring company when there is goodwill involved?
If it was a stock purchase, would that affect my goodwill or my assets compared to a cash purchase?
Also if the target company has goodwill on its balance sheet, do you account for that when you are calculating goodwill of the purchase?
Do I use partial method to account for minority interest of target when its an equity investment and full method for an acquisition?
Any insight would be very much appreciated…