How is goodwill different from other intangible assets?

An asset, which has no physical existence such as corporate intellectual properties (patents, trademarks, business methodologies and copyrights), trademarks, patents, software, goodwill and brand recognition are known to be an “Intangible asset”.

Types of Intangible assets and their recognition How is goodwill different from other intangible assets?

Intangible assets of the business are either acquired through a business combination or are developed internally. In most of the cases if the asset is acquired through an acquisition or a merger than it is recorded at its fair value while if the assets are generated internally than it is accounted for according to the amount of the costs incurred during the development phase of the asset.

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IFRS 16 Right to direct the use of the identified asset

[IFRS 16 B24] IFRS 16 Right to direct the use of the identified asset 

Requiring a customer to have the right to direct the use of an identified asset is a change from IFRIC 4. A contract may have met IFRIC 4’s control criterion if, for example, the customer obtained substantially all of the output of an underlying asset and met certain price-per-unit-of-output criteria even though the customer did not have the right to direct the use of the identified asset as contemplated by IFRS 16. Under IFRS 16, such arrangements would no longer be considered leases.

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IFRS 16 Leases and joint arrangements

Entities often enter into joint arrangements with other entities for certain activities (e.g., exploration of oil and gas fields, development of pharmaceutical products).

A contract for the use of an asset by a joint arrangement might be entered into in a number of different ways, including:

  1. Directly by the joint arrangement, if the joint arrangement has its own legal identity
  2. By each of the parties to the joint arrangement (i.e., the lead operator and the other parties, commonly referred to as the non-operators) individually signing the same arrangement
  3. By one or more of the parties to the joint arrangement on behalf of the joint arrangement. Generally, this would be evidenced in the contract and the parties to the joint arrangement
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IFRS 13 Asset accumulation method

The asset accumulation method and the adjusted net asset method are both generally accepted business valuation methods of the asset-based business valuation approach.

The asset accumulation method is well suited for business and security valuations performed for transaction, taxation, and controversy purposes. All business valuation approaches and methods can indicate the defined value of the subject business entity. IFRS 13 Asset accumulation method

In addition, the asset accumulation method also helps to explain the concluded value—by specifically identifying the value impact of each category of the subject entity assets and liabilities.

This informational content of the asset accumulation method is particularly useful in a transaction, taxation, or controversy context when the particular analysis is used to identify:

  1. which asset
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IFRS 16 – Right to Use

Some illustrative background to ‘Right to Use’

Throughout the period of use the lessee has to meet the following two rights:

  1. the right to obtain substantially all of the economic benefits from the use of the identified asset, and
  2. the right to direct the use of the identified asset.


To start simple…..

  1. By having exclusive use of the asset over the period of the lease, by having use of its output or by sub-letting the asset, the right to obtain substantially all of the economic benefits from the use of the identified asset has been met, and
  2. By having the the client decide how an asset will be used and for what purpose, the right to direct the
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IFRS 16 into the details – 1

Recognition of a lease

To start for the first time a reporting entity has to review all contracts to see whether a specific contract is a lease only or contains a lease component.

Looking at the definition of a lease the reporting entity has to assess whether, throughout the period of use, the lessee has met the following two rights:

  1. the right to obtain substantially all of the economic benefits from the use of the identified asset, and Summary IFRS 16 Leases Part 1
  2. the right to direct the use of the identified asset. Summary IFRS 16 Leases Part 1


There may be a difference between the period of the contract and the period of right to direct
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