Students gain insight into a unique accounting treatment in acquisition accounting by completing this case—that of a bargain purchase gain (BPG). In December 2007, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) revised accounting for business combinations when they promulgated Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 141R, Business Combinations. Under the revised standard, acquirers record net assets of the acquiree at their respective fair market values at the time of acquisition and recognize the excess of net assets over the consideration paid as a BPG included in income from continuing operations. This case takes place after the acquisition is negotiated and the consideration is agreed upon. Students are required to estimate fair values of acquired net assets based on the information provided, determine whether goodwill or a bargain purchase gain exists, and evaluate the impact of this transaction on the financial statements. The case also requires students to consider subjectivity within the analysis, as well as to identify potential incentives that may influence certain estimates and judgments that managers make. The case is appropriate for accounting courses where business combinations, goodwill, and fair value estimation are discussed.

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