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Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX)

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Analysis of Goodwill and Intangible Assets

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Accounting Policy on Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Intangible Assets

Time Warner has a significant number of intangible assets, including acquired film and television libraries and other copyrighted products and tradenames. Time Warner does not recognize the fair value of internally generated intangible assets. Intangible assets acquired in business combinations are recorded at the acquisition date fair value in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Acquired film libraries are amortized using the film forecast computation model.

Source: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-22).


Goodwill and Intangible Asset Disclosure

Time Warner Inc., balance sheet: goodwill and intangible assets

US$ in millions

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Film library
Brands, tradenames and other intangible assets
Intangible assets subject to amortization, gross
Accumulated amortization
Intangible assets subject to amortization, net
Intangible assets not subject to amortization
Intangible assets
Goodwill
Goodwill and intangible assets

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-26).

Item Description The company
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. Time Warner Inc.’s intangible assets decreased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
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. Time Warner Inc.’s goodwill increased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.
Goodwill and 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. Time Warner Inc.’s goodwill and intangible assets decreased from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

Adjustments to Financial Statements: Removal of Goodwill

Time Warner Inc., adjustments to financial statements

US$ in millions

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Adjustment to Total Assets
Total assets (as reported)
Less: Goodwill
Total assets (adjusted)
Adjustment to Total Time Warner Inc. Shareholders’ Equity
Total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity (as reported)
Less: Goodwill
Total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity (adjusted)

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-26).


Time Warner Inc., Financial Data: Reported vs. Adjusted


Adjusted Financial Ratios: Removal of Goodwill (Summary)

Time Warner 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: 2018-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-26).

Financial ratio Description The company
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. Time Warner Inc.’s adjusted total asset turnover ratio deteriorated 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.
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. Time Warner Inc.’s adjusted ROA deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.

Time Warner Inc., Financial Ratios: Reported vs. Adjusted


Adjusted Total Asset Turnover

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

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-26).

2017 Calculations

1 Total asset turnover = Revenues ÷ Total assets
= ÷ =

2 Adjusted total asset turnover = Revenues ÷ Adjusted total assets
= ÷ =

Activity ratio Description The company
Adjusted total asset turnover An activity ratio calculated as total revenue divided by adjusted total assets. Time Warner Inc.’s adjusted total asset turnover ratio deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 and from 2016 to 2017.

Adjusted Financial Leverage

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As Reported
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Total assets
Total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity
Solvency Ratio
Financial leverage1
Adjusted for Goodwill
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Adjusted total assets
Adjusted total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity
Solvency Ratio
Adjusted financial leverage2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-26).

2017 Calculations

1 Financial leverage = Total assets ÷ Total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity
= ÷ =

2 Adjusted financial leverage = Adjusted total assets ÷ Adjusted total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ 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 millions)
Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders
Total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
ROE1
Adjusted for Goodwill
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders
Adjusted total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity
Profitability Ratio
Adjusted ROE2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-26).

2017 Calculations

1 ROE = 100 × Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders ÷ Total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ equity
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Adjusted ROE = 100 × Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders ÷ Adjusted total Time Warner Inc. shareholders’ 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 millions)
Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders
Total assets
Profitability Ratio
ROA1
Adjusted for Goodwill
Selected Financial Data (US$ in millions)
Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders
Adjusted total assets
Profitability Ratio
Adjusted ROA2

Based on: 10-K (filing date: 2018-02-22), 10-K (filing date: 2017-02-23), 10-K (filing date: 2016-02-25), 10-K (filing date: 2015-02-26), 10-K (filing date: 2014-02-26).

2017 Calculations

1 ROA = 100 × Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders ÷ Total assets
= 100 × ÷ =

2 Adjusted ROA = 100 × Net income attributable to Time Warner Inc. shareholders ÷ Adjusted total assets
= 100 × ÷ =

Profitability ratio Description The company
Adjusted ROA A profitability ratio calculated as net income divided by adjusted total assets. Time Warner Inc.’s adjusted ROA deteriorated from 2015 to 2016 but then improved from 2016 to 2017 exceeding 2015 level.