We discuss the VIE consolidation model and the identification of a variable interest entity.
We continue our miniseries on consolidation accounting and dive into the evaluation of variable interests and the characteristics of a variable interest entity (VIE). In this episode, we discuss:
  • 1:24 – An overview of the VIE model
  • 3:30 – Determining whether there is a variable interest
  • 11:25 – Identifying “at-risk” equity
  • 15:28 – Evaluating whether an entity is a VIE by assessing the following characteristics exist:
    • 16:00 – Insufficient equity investment at risk
    • 24:27 – Equity lacks decision making rights
    • 34:40 – Equity with nonsubstantive voting rights
    • 37:38 – Lack of obligation to absorb losses or right to receive residual returns
  • 41:45 – A recap of the episode and final thoughts

For more information on this topic, read chapters 3 and 4 of our Consolidation guide. Also, for an overview of the consolidation framework, listen to the first episode in this miniseries, The consolidation framework – Getting started. Additionally, follow this podcast on your favorite podcast app for episodes on other topics.
About our guests
Matt Sabatini is a partner in PwC's National Office who helps clients and engagement teams navigate the accounting and financial reporting for complex transactions. He specializes in the accounting for M&A, consolidations, corporate reorganizations, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and other investments.
Alexander Martin is a partner in PwC's Deals practice with over a decade of deals experience, helping clients solve complex accounting, financial reporting, and other business issues that arise from transaction-driven events such as mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and capital raises.
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.
Transcripts available upon request for individuals who may need a disability-related accommodation. Please send requests to us_podcast@pwc.com.
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