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Corporate Finance Institute
Accounting for Business Combinations & Other Equity Investments


Accounting for Business Combinations & Other Equity Investments Overview

In CFI’s “Accounting for Business Combinations & Other Equity Investments”, we’ll demystify the core aspects of accounting for business combinations. You’ll discover how to undertake a business consolidation, apply the equity method to investments where a company exerts a significant influence as well as how to account for smaller equity investments. Throughout the course, we’ll engage in a series of practical mini case studies using Excel, allowing you to apply and solidify your understanding of these accounting techniques through hands-on practice.

Accounting for Business Combinations & Other Equity Investments Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Account for equity investments where one company owns more than 50% of another company’s equity.
  • Calculate goodwill associated with a business combination.
  • Account for equity investments where a company has significant influence over another company (owning between 20% to 50% of the company’s equity).
  • Account for equity investments where a company owns less than 20% of the equity of another company.
  • Explain a key difference in accounting for equity investments under IFRS versus US GAAP.

Recommended Prep Courses

These preparatory courses are optional, but we recommend you complete the stated prep course(s) or possess the equivalent knowledge prior to enrolling in this course:

  1. Accounting Fundamentals
  2. Reading Financial Statements
  3. Financial Analysis Fundamentals

Who Should Take This Course?

This course teaches analysts about accounting rules for business consolidations and equity investments. It’s important for analysts to accurately assess the value of these investments to determine the correct valuation of both the investment and the companies involved.

Accounting for Business Combinations & Other Equity Investments

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Level 3

Approx 2h to complete

100% online and self-paced

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This Course is Part of the Following Programs

Why stop here? Expand your skills and show your expertise with the professional certifications, specializations, and CPE credits you’re already on your way to earning.

Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA®) Certification
Accounting for Business Combinations & Other Equity Investments is part of the Financial Modeling & Valuation Analyst (FMVA®) certification, which includes 54 courses.
  • Skills Learned Financial modeling and valuation, sensitivity analysis, strategy
  • Career Prep Investment banking and equity research, FP&A, corporate development

Learner Reviews

Good course
If you want to understand the BC, FV under IFRS and US GAAP, Consolidation and different treatment in accounting... this course help you to do it

Lazhar Ben Ammar Issaoui

Educationally fulfilling
This course assisted me in correctly recording our fund's private equity investments on our balance sheet and income statement. Thank you again CFI!

Lee Anselmo Blackman

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What are the requirements to take the courses?
All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection. Click here to view the Technical Requirements
Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
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You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
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Yes, CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
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Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
How are the exams conducted?
Students are required to complete an online assessment (Multiple choice questions, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need. Students are also required to complete the FMVA® final exam to earn their certification. How to Take a Qualified Assessment
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Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and to help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
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