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Analysis of Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Difficulty: Advanced


Goodwill and Intangible Assets Accounting Policy

GE does not amortize goodwill, but test it at least annually for impairment at the reporting unit level. A reporting unit is the operating segment, or one level below that operating segment (the component level) if discrete financial information is prepared and regularly reviewed by segment management. However, components are aggregated as a single reporting unit if they have similar economic characteristics. GE recognizes an impairment charge if the carrying amount of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value and the carrying amount of the reporting unit's goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of that goodwill. GE uses a market approach, when available and appropriate, or the income approach, or a combination of both to establish fair values. When a portion of a reporting unit is disposed, goodwill is allocated to the gain or loss on disposition based on the relative fair values of the business or businesses disposed and the portion of the reporting unit that will be retained.

GE amortizes the cost of other intangibles over their estimated useful lives unless such lives are deemed indefinite. The cost of intangible assets is generally amortized on a straight-line basis over the asset's estimated economic life, except that individually significant customer-related intangible assets are amortized in relation to total related sales. Amortizable intangible assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the related carrying amounts may not be recoverable. In these circumstances, they are tested for impairment based on undiscounted cash flows and, if impaired, written down to fair value based on either discounted cash flows or appraised values. Intangible assets with indefinite lives are tested annually for impairment and written down to fair value as required.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23).


Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure

General Electric Co., Statement of Financial Position, Goodwill and Intangible Assets

USD $ in millions

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Goodwill hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Customer-related hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Patents and technology hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Capitalized software hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Trademarks hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Lease valuations hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Present value of future profits hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
All other hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Intangible assets subject to amortization, gross carrying amount hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Accumulated amortization hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Intangible assets subject to amortization, net hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Indefinite-lived intangible assets hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Other intangible assets, net hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Goodwill and other intangible assets hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-27).

Item Description The company
Goodwill Carrying amount as of the balance sheet date, which is the cumulative amount paid and (if applicable) the fair value of any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree, adjusted for any amortization recognized prior to the adoption of any changes in generally accepted accounting principles (as applicable) and for any impairment charges, in excess of the fair value of net assets acquired in one or more business combination transactions. General Electric Co.'s goodwill increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
Other intangible assets, net Sum of the carrying amounts of all intangible assets, excluding goodwill, as of the balance sheet date, net of accumulated amortization and impairment charges. General Electric Co.'s other intangible assets, net declined from 2015 to 2016 but then increased from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.
Goodwill and other intangible assets Sum of the carrying amounts of all intangible assets, including goodwill, as of the balance sheet date, net of accumulated amortization and impairment charges. General Electric Co.'s goodwill and other intangible assets increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

Analyst Adjustments: Removal of Goodwill

General Electric Co., adjustments to financial data

USD $ in millions

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Adjustment to Total Assets
Total assets (as reported) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Goodwill hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Total assets (adjusted) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjustment to Total GE Shareowners' Equity
Total GE shareowners' equity (as reported) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Less: Goodwill hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Total GE shareowners' equity (adjusted) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-27).


Adjusted Ratios: Removal of Goodwill (Summary)

General Electric Co., adjusted ratios

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Total Asset Turnover
Reported total asset turnover hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted total asset turnover hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Financial Leverage
Reported financial leverage hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted financial leverage hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Return on Equity (ROE)
Reported ROE hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted ROE hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Return on Assets (ROA)
Reported ROA hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted ROA hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-27).

Ratio Description The company
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. General Electric Co.'s adjusted total asset turnover improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
Adjusted financial leverage A measure of financial leverage calculated as adjusted total assets divided by adjusted total equity.
Financial leverage is the extent to which a company can effect, through the use of debt, a proportional change in the return on common equity that is greater than a given proportional change in operating income.
General Electric Co.'s adjusted financial leverage increased from 2015 to 2016 but then declined significantly from 2016 to 2017.
Adjusted ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted shareholders' equity. General Electric Co.'s adjusted ROE improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.
Adjusted ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted total assets. General Electric Co.'s adjusted ROA improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.

Adjusted Total Asset Turnover

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As Reported
Sales of goods and services (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Total assets (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Total asset turnover1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted for Goodwill
Sales of goods and services (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted total assets (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted total asset turnover2 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-27).

2017 Calculations

1 Total asset turnover = Sales of goods and services ÷ Total assets
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2 Adjusted total asset turnover = Sales of goods and services ÷ Adjusted total assets
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Ratio Description The company
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. General Electric Co.'s adjusted total asset turnover improved from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

Adjusted Financial Leverage

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As Reported
Total assets (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Total GE shareowners' equity (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Financial leverage1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted for Goodwill
Adjusted total assets (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted total GE shareowners' equity (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted financial leverage2 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-27).

2017 Calculations

1 Financial leverage = Total assets ÷ Total GE shareowners' equity
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2 Adjusted financial leverage = Adjusted total assets ÷ Adjusted total GE shareowners' equity
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Ratio Description The company
Adjusted financial leverage A measure of financial leverage calculated as adjusted total assets divided by adjusted total equity.
Financial leverage is the extent to which a company can effect, through the use of debt, a proportional change in the return on common equity that is greater than a given proportional change in operating income.
General Electric Co.'s adjusted financial leverage increased from 2015 to 2016 but then declined significantly from 2016 to 2017.

Adjusted Return on Equity (ROE)

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As Reported
Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Total GE shareowners' equity (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
ROE1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted for Goodwill
Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted total GE shareowners' equity (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted ROE2 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-27).

2017 Calculations

1 ROE = 100 × Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company ÷ Total GE shareowners' equity
= 100 × hidden ÷ hidden = hidden

2 Adjusted ROE = 100 × Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company ÷ Adjusted total GE shareowners' equity
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Ratio Description The company
Adjusted ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted shareholders' equity. General Electric Co.'s adjusted ROE improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.

Adjusted Return on Assets (ROA)

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As Reported
Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Total assets (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
ROA1 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted for Goodwill
Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted total assets (USD $ in millions) hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden
Adjusted ROA2 hidden hidden hidden hidden hidden

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-24), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-27), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-27).

2017 Calculations

1 ROA = 100 × Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company ÷ Total assets
= 100 × hidden ÷ hidden = hidden

2 Adjusted ROA = 100 × Net earnings (loss) attributable to the Company ÷ Adjusted total assets
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Ratio Description The company
Adjusted ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted total assets. General Electric Co.'s adjusted ROA improved from 2015 to 2016 but then deteriorated significantly from 2016 to 2017.