Essay about Advanced Accounting

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Chapter 1 the equity method of accounting for investments

Answers to Questions

1. The equity method should be applied if the ability to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of the investee has been achieved by the investor. However, if actual control has been established, consolidating the financial information of the two companies will normally be the appropriate method for reporting the investment.

2. According to Paragraph 17 of APB Opinion 18, "Ability to exercise that influence may be indicated in several ways, such as representation on the board of directors, participation in policy-making processes, material intercompany transactions, interchange of managerial personnel, or technological
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4. If Jones does not have the ability to significantly influence the operating and financial policies of Sandridge, the equity method should not be applied regardless of the level of ownership. However, an owner of 25 percent of a company's outstanding voting stock is assumed to possess this ability. FASB Interpretation 35 states that this presumption ". . . stands until overcome by predominant evidence to the contrary.”

"Examples of indications that an investor may be unable to exercise significant influence over the operating and financial policies of an investee include: a. Opposition by the investee, such as litigation or complaints to governmental regulatory authorities, challenges the investor's ability to exercise significant influence. b. The investor and investee sign an agreement under which the investor surrenders significant rights as a shareholder. c. Majority ownership of the investee is concentrated among a small group of shareholders who operate the investee without regard to the views of the investor. d. The investor needs or wants more financial information to apply the equity method than is available to the investee's other shareholders (for example, the investor wants quarterly financial information from an investee that publicly reports only annually), tries to obtain that information, and fails. e. The investor tries and fails to obtain representation on the investee's

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