This podcast provides a refresher on fixed asset impairments, covering key considerations from beginning to end
Got property, plant, and equipment? We’ve got you covered with a miniseries that explores the key judgments and complexities on the topic. We kick off with the impairment of long-lived assets that are held and used. Host Heather Horn is joined by Beth Paul, Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office, to break down what is important.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
  • 00:28 - An overview of long-lived asset impairments and how asset classes are relevant
  • 03:17 - A refresher on how to identify asset groups for the impairment analysis
    • 10:28 - When changes to asset groups are necessary and the implications
  • 11:48 - How to determine if there is an impairment triggering event
  • 14:57 - A discussion on the impairment recoverability test
    • 17:18 - A explanation of key considerations for the recoverability test, including which cash flows and periods to include
  • 24:18 - How to measure and allocate an impairment loss

For more information, read chapter 5 of our Property, plant, equipment and other assets guide or listen to another podcast with further insights on this topic, Impairment toolkit: Long-lived assets. Additionally, follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app to have other episodes in the series pushed to you.
About our guest
Beth Paul is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office responsible for a team of consultants that specialize in business combinations and related areas, such as consolidations, disposals, impairments, and segment reporting.
About our host
Heather Horn is the PwC National Office Sustainability & Thought Leader, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting, financial reporting, and sustainability matters. In addition, she is part of PwC’s global sustainability leadership team, developing interpretive guidance and consulting with companies as they transition from voluntary to mandatory sustainability reporting. She is also the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series.
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