The report also includes the results of the annual goodwill impairment survey of Financial Executives International (FEI) members who represent both privately-owned and publicly-traded companies.
Highlights from the study include:
- U.S. companies recorded $57 billion of goodwill impairment in 2015, the highest amount since the 2008 financial crisis and more than double the impairment reported during the prior year.
- These record impairment levels occurred despite a robust year for M&A activity in 2015, which resulted in $458 billion of goodwill being added to U.S. companies’ balance sheets.
- For the second year in a row the Energy industry recorded the highest amount of goodwill impairment with $18.2 billion in 2015, followed by Information Technology at $12.9 billion which included the top two impairments of 2015.
- Use of the qualitative goodwill impairment test – known as Step 0 – by public company survey respondents indicates record use, increasing to 59 percent in the current year’s survey from 54 percent in the prior year.