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– Energy sector recorded greatest total amount of impairments –
Duff & Phelps, the premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor, today announced the release of its 2015 U.S. Goodwill Impairment (GWI) Study. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Duff & Phelps has prepared and issued a comprehensive Goodwill Impairment Study in partnership with the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF).
The 2015 Study continues to examine general and industry goodwill impairment trends through December 2014 for over 8,700 companies, as well as report the results of its annual survey of Financial Executive International (FEI) members, who represent both privately-owned and publicly-traded companies.
Key highlights from the 2015 Study include:
“The increased 2014 aggregate impairment amount was consistent with macroeconomic trends. While the U.S. economy continued to improve in 2014, plunging commodity prices in the latter half of the year affected certain industries disproportionately,” said Greg Franceschi, Duff & Phelps managing director and co-chairman of the AICPA Impairment Task Force. “With 2015 M&A activity up significantly over 2014 levels, the highest since 2007, goodwill resulting from acquisitions will remain an important asset class for investors to monitor,” added Franceschi.
Duff & Phelps’ companion study focusing on goodwill impairment in the European market will be released in the coming weeks. For more information on Duff & Phelps’ Goodwill Impairment Studies and financial reporting valuation capabilities, please visit www.duffandphelps.com/GWIstudies.
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