With many acquirers spending 2009 on the sidelines, the new accounting treatment for contingent consideration arrangements under SFAS 141R remains largely untested. When markets thaw, however, we expect that acquirers will be anxious to make up for lost time, and a resumption of deal activity will spark new conversations with auditors regarding the appropriate treatment of earnouts and other forms of contingent consideration.
As an expression of our faith in the future of the economy, we offer a few cautionary notes regarding the accounting for contingent consideration.
Reprinted from Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Flash, published November 6, 2009.
Travis W. Harms leads Mercer Capital’s Family Business Advisory Services Group. Travis’s practice focuses on providing financial education, valuation, and other strategic financial consulting to multi-generation family businesses. The Family Business Advisory Services Group helps ...
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Sujan Rajbhandary, vice president, is a senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, which provides fair value opinions and related advisory services to public companies, private companies, and alternative investment vehicles. Sujan has valued financial ...
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