US GAAP Business Combinations (M&A) and Consolidations (2 days)

Course code: 2248


Business combinations are one of the most complex areas of accounting for many companies. This two-day course provides a comprehensive review of US GAAP rules (ASC 805) that guide the accounting for business combinations and related goodwill. Presented with illustrative examples, the theory and application of the acquisition method is demonstrated, complemented by discussion of the rules in an interactive group environment, utilising a comprehensive case study and financial statements. This programme answers questions such as:

  • What is included and what is excluded when calculating the acquisition price in a business combination?
  • How are fair value determinations made?
  • How do contingent payments (earnouts) affect the determination of cost?
  • How are special recognition and measurement rules applied to contingent liabilities, contingent assets and intangible assets?
  • What is the accounting for deferred income taxes arising out of a business combination?
  • How is goodwill calculated and evaluated for impairment?
  • What is the accounting for stock options assumed in an acquisition?
  • What are the required disclosures?


  • Introduction
    • Scope of ASC 805 and definition of a business
    • Identifying a business combination
    • Application to variable interest entities (VIEs)
    • Overview of the acquisition method
    • Determining the acquirer
    • Determining the acquisition date
  • Computing the purchase consideration
    • Cash and securities
    • Stock options issued in a business combination
    • Contingent payments such as earnouts
    • Classified as liabilities
    • Classified as equity
  • Fair value determination and recognition of assets acquired and liabilities incurred
    • Receivables
    • Inventories
    • Investments
    • PP&E
    • Asset retirement obligations
    • In-process R&D
    • Onerous contracts
    • Restructuring liabilities
    • Contingent liabilities and assets
    • Remeasurement issues
    • Intangible assets
  • Revision of provisional fair values
  • Goodwill & intangible assets
    • Determining reporting units
    • Annual goodwill impairment test including applying Step 0 - qualitative test
    • Treatment of a gain on a bargain purchase
  • Tax issues
    • Measurement of deferred tax assets and liabilitiess
    • Interaction of deferred taxes with goodwill
    • Tax-deductible goodwill
  • Identification and treatment of reverse acquisitions
  • Issues relating to noncontrolling interests
    • Identification
    • Business combinations achieved in stages
    • Full goodwill method and application to partial acquisitions
    • Step acquisitions – control through two or more investments
    • Step dispositions – disposal of partial interest with control retained
    • Financial statement presentation
    • Earnings per share
  • Disclosure requirements
  • Effect of ASC 820 Fair Value Measurement

Teaching method

  • Group live instruction with interactive participation encouraged
  • Review of US GAAP relating to business combinations
  • Presentation of illustrative case studies and financial statements
  • Discussion of implementation issues relating to business combinations
  • All participants receive a comprehensive binder containing copies of the presentation slides, handouts and other course materials


A basic understanding of US GAAP. No advance preparation is required for this course.

Course benefits

  • Understand current US GAAP rules applicable to business combinations
  • Learn how to determine the fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a business combination
  • Comply with requirements regarding gains on business combinations
  • Identify when to establish restructuring provisions
  • Know how to implement all aspects of the acquisition method
  • Comply with the accounting requirements for the initial recognition and subsequent impairment testing of goodwill
  • Understand the treatment of noncontrolling interests


See what past participants said about this course:

Very good. Quite engaging and active learning. Really liked small group since it really forced everyone to think and participate.

This course was highly applicable to my job and incredibly helpful. The instructors were great and super knowledgeable.

Excellent course and very relevant.

Bassam Diab, Sector Assistant Controller

IASeminars was both a strong refresher, and an advancer for my technical knowledge of US GAAP.

Graham Spencer, Analyst - External Reporting,
Seadrill Management Limited, UK

Good, experienced tutors and good quality material. I particularly enjoyed the way the examples built with the topics.

Very thorough examples and case studies. The course was very enjoyable, with a lot of interactive content and examples that made it very relevant to my learning needs and day to day job.

Who should attend?

Industry controllers, accountants, and finance professionals looking to solidify their knowledge of the accounting requirements of ASC 805.

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Field of study: Accounting

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  • Our Las Vegas seminars take place in 4 star professional conference facilities, generally in city-centre hotels like the Marriott, Sheraton or Hilton brands. Detailed Joining Instructions are sent to all registered participants by email approximately one month before the event. The Joining Instructions will confirm exact venue details and nearby (or onsite) hotel recommendations with bedroom rates where available. Coffee and lunch will be provided.


  • Kevin R Smith

    Kevin R. Smith, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Accountancy in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Dr. Smith obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and earned his Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree and Bachelor of Science in accounting degree from Brigham Young University. In addition to teaching at Utah Valley, Dr. Smith has taught accounting courses at the University of Kansas, the University of Arizona, and Brigham Young University. He has published multiple articles in academic, practitioner, and education journals, including the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, the Chartered Accountants Journal, the Journal of Business and Accounting, Advances in Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management, and other journals.

    Marty Van Wagoner

    Marty D. Van Wagoner has 30 years’ experience in public accounting. He is currently Professional-in-Residence Faculty at Utah Valley University, managing partner of Mountainside Accounting & Consulting, adjunct faculty in the MBA program of Roseman University, and teaches CPE courses across the country for various CPE providers. He also serves on four not-for-profit Boards. He spent the first 10 years of his career at KPMG and the last 15 years as a partner in local firms, with an emphasis in audit. After KPMG, he briefly worked at placement agencies and then was sole proprietor of an accounting and auditing firm. During that time, he spent four years as a professor of accounting, information systems, and MBA courses at the University of Utah. He has recently taken over as the author for the Wolters Kluwer CCH Accounting for Income Taxes. He has also served as President and in other officer positions of the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA) and as a Council Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He received his BA in Accounting with a Spanish minor and his MBA from the University of Utah.

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9 Dec 2019 Las Vegas

Course level:
16 hours
Start date:
9 Dec 2019
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Finish date:
10 Dec 2019
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Las Vegas
USD 2,600
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