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General Mills Inc. (NYSE:GIS)

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Analysis of Goodwill and Intangible Assets

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Accounting Policy on Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Goodwill is not subject to amortization and is tested for impairment annually and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that impairment may have occurred. General Mills performs the annual goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets impairment test as of the first day of the second quarter of the fiscal year. Impairment testing is performed for each of General Mills’ reporting units. General Mills compares the carrying value of a reporting unit, including goodwill, to the fair value of the unit. Carrying value is based on the assets and liabilities associated with the operations of that reporting unit, which often requires allocation of shared or corporate items among reporting units. If the carrying amount of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value, impairment has occurred. General Mills recognizes an impairment charge for the amount by which the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value up to the total amount of goodwill allocated to the reporting unit. General Mills’ estimates of fair value are determined based on a discounted cash flow model. Growth rates for sales and profits are determined using inputs from General Mills’ long-range planning process. General Mills also makes estimates of discount rates, perpetuity growth assumptions, market comparables, and other factors.

General Mills evaluates the useful lives of other intangible assets, mainly brands, to determine if they are finite or indefinite-lived. Reaching a determination on useful life requires significant judgments and assumptions regarding the future effects of obsolescence, demand, competition, other economic factors (such as the stability of the industry, known technological advances, legislative action that results in an uncertain or changing regulatory environment, and expected changes in distribution channels), the level of required maintenance expenditures, and the expected lives of other related groups of assets. Intangible assets that are deemed to have definite lives are amortized on a straight-line basis, over their useful lives, generally ranging from 4 to 30 years.

General Mills’ indefinite-lived intangible assets, mainly intangible assets primarily associated with the Blue Buffalo, Pillsbury, Totino’s, Yoplait, Old El Paso,Progresso, Annie’s, Häagen-Dazs, and Yoki brands, are also tested for impairment annually and whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that their carrying value may not be recoverable. The estimate of the fair value of the brands is based on a discounted cash flow model using inputs which included projected revenues from the long-range plan, assumed royalty rates that could be payable if General Mills did not own the brands, and a discount rate.

General Mills’ finite-lived intangible assets, primarily acquired franchise agreements and customer relationships, are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. An impairment loss would be recognized when estimated undiscounted future cash flows from the operation and disposition of the asset are less than the carrying amount of the asset. Assets generally have identifiable cash flows and are largely independent of other assets. Measurement of an impairment loss would be based on the excess of the carrying amount of the asset over its fair value. Fair value is measured using a discounted cash flow model or other similar valuation model, as appropriate.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28).


Goodwill and Intangible Asset Disclosure

General Mills Inc., balance sheet: goodwill and intangible assets

US$ in thousands

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Goodwill
Brands and other indefinite-lived intangibles
Intangible assets not subject to amortization
Franchise agreements, customer relationships, and other finite-lived intangibles
Accumulated amortization
Intangible assets subject to amortization
Other intangible assets
Goodwill and other intangible assets

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28), 10-K (filing date: 2018-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2017-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2016-06-30), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-03).

Item Description The company
Goodwill Amount after accumulated impairment loss of an asset representing future economic benefits arising from other assets acquired in a business combination that are not individually identified and separately recognized. General Mills Inc.’s goodwill increased from 2017 to 2018 but then slightly decreased from 2018 to 2019.
Other intangible assets 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 Mills Inc.’s other intangible assets increased from 2017 to 2018 but then slightly decreased from 2018 to 2019.
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 Mills Inc.’s goodwill and other intangible assets increased from 2017 to 2018 but then slightly decreased from 2018 to 2019.

Adjustments to Financial Statements: Removal of Goodwill

General Mills Inc., adjustments to financial statements

US$ in thousands

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Adjustment to Total Assets
Total assets (as reported)
Less: Goodwill
Total assets (adjusted)
Adjustment to Stockholders’ Equity
Stockholders’ equity (as reported)
Less: Goodwill
Stockholders’ equity (adjusted)

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28), 10-K (filing date: 2018-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2017-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2016-06-30), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-03).


General Mills Inc., Financial Data: Reported vs. Adjusted


Adjusted Financial Ratios: Removal of Goodwill (Summary)

General Mills Inc., adjusted financial ratios

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

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28), 10-K (filing date: 2018-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2017-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2016-06-30), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-03).

Financial ratio Description The company
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. General Mills Inc.’s adjusted total asset turnover ratio deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then slightly improved from 2018 to 2019.
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.
Adjusted ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted shareholders’ equity.
Adjusted ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted total assets. General Mills Inc.’s adjusted ROA improved from 2017 to 2018 but then deteriorated significantly from 2018 to 2019.

General Mills Inc., Financial Ratios: Reported vs. Adjusted


Adjusted Total Asset Turnover

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Net sales
Total assets
Activity Ratio
Total asset turnover1
Adjusted for Goodwill
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Net sales
Adjusted total assets
Activity Ratio
Adjusted total asset turnover2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28), 10-K (filing date: 2018-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2017-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2016-06-30), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-03).

2019 Calculations

1 Total asset turnover = Net sales ÷ Total assets
= ÷ =

2 Adjusted total asset turnover = Net sales ÷ Adjusted total assets
= ÷ =

Activity ratio Description The company
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. General Mills Inc.’s adjusted total asset turnover ratio deteriorated from 2017 to 2018 but then slightly improved from 2018 to 2019.

Adjusted Financial Leverage

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Total assets
Stockholders’ equity
Solvency Ratio
Financial leverage1
Adjusted for Goodwill
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Adjusted total assets
Adjusted stockholders’ equity
Solvency Ratio
Adjusted financial leverage2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28), 10-K (filing date: 2018-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2017-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2016-06-30), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-03).

2019 Calculations

1 Financial leverage = Total assets ÷ Stockholders’ equity
= ÷ =

2 Adjusted financial leverage = Adjusted total assets ÷ Adjusted stockholders’ equity
= ÷ =

Solvency 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.

Adjusted Return on Equity (ROE)

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Net earnings attributable to General Mills
Stockholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
ROE1
Adjusted for Goodwill
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Net earnings attributable to General Mills
Adjusted stockholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
Adjusted ROE2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28), 10-K (filing date: 2018-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2017-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2016-06-30), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-03).

2019 Calculations

1 ROE = 100 × Net earnings attributable to General Mills ÷ Stockholders’ equity
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Adjusted ROE = 100 × Net earnings attributable to General Mills ÷ Adjusted stockholders’ equity
= 100 × ÷ =

Profitability ratio Description The company
Adjusted ROE A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted shareholders’ equity.

Adjusted Return on Assets (ROA)

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Net earnings attributable to General Mills
Total assets
Profitability Ratio
ROA1
Adjusted for Goodwill
Selected Financial Data (US$ in thousands)
Net earnings attributable to General Mills
Adjusted total assets
Profitability Ratio
Adjusted ROA2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2019-06-28), 10-K (filing date: 2018-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2017-06-29), 10-K (filing date: 2016-06-30), 10-K (filing date: 2015-07-06), 10-K (filing date: 2014-07-03).

2019 Calculations

1 ROA = 100 × Net earnings attributable to General Mills ÷ Total assets
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Adjusted ROA = 100 × Net earnings attributable to General Mills ÷ Adjusted total assets
= 100 × ÷ =

Profitability ratio Description The company
Adjusted ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted total assets. General Mills Inc.’s adjusted ROA improved from 2017 to 2018 but then deteriorated significantly from 2018 to 2019.