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This assignment is worth 15% of your final mark (hand in at class or SSC 4430 or drop box beside SSC 4434 or SSC4304).  For this assignment, you are permitted to work in teams of two students.  Assignment may also be completed individually.

Nature of the Assignment:

Select two public companies who have undertaken an acquisition of a subsidiary within the past three years.  Use publicly-available information on the companies, such as annual and quarterly reports, company websites, and investor presentations to research the impact of the acquisitions on both the companies’ financial statements and on their underlying business.  The target word length of the paper is 3,000-5,000 words (excluding exhibits).

Your paper should cite all sources used (Bibliography, end notes).  Please attach copies of relevant extracts of materials used (e.g. relevant pages from annual reports).

The paper should include a discussion of the following for each of the two companies selected.

Details of company acquired (10 marks)

       Purchase consideration (amount and nature)

       % ownership acquired

       Date of acquisition

       Was the acquisition done in multiple steps or all at one time?

Allocation of acquisition differential (10 marks)

       What was the amount of the acquisition differential?

       What was it allocated to?

       How is it being amortized?

       Have there been any goodwill impairment losses or other acquired asset impairment losses reported since the acquisition?

Accounting Policies (10 marks)

       GAAP followed by the company (ASPE, IFRS ,US , Other)

       What does the company disclose regarding its accounting policies for investments in subsidiaries and other investees?

       What disclosures has the company provided regarding the timing and expected impact on their financial statements of conversion to IFRS   , if applicable or use of global accounting policies (non-Canadian companies)

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Impact of Acquisition on Financial Statements: (20 marks)

       Impact on balance sheet in year of acquisition

       Impact on income statement in year of acquisition

       Impact on cash flow statement in year of acquisition

       Has the acquisition impacted the company’s exposure to foreign currencies (e.g. revenues/expense streams in foreign currencies, investment in foreign operation)?

Note Disclosures on Acquisition: (10 marks)

       Do note disclosures pertaining to the acquisition meet Handbook disclosure requirements for business combinations?

       Have pro-forma financial statements been provided?

Strategic Rationale for the Acquisition: (20 marks)

       Reason why company was acquired

       Likely impact on future operations and profitability of company

Conclusion: (25 marks)

Your paper should conclude with a comparison of the acquisitions made by each company to one another.  This should include the following points:

       Which company’s acquisition is likely to have the most significant impact on the consolidated entity (e.g. size, scope of operations)?

       Has one company provided better quality financial statement information regarding the acquisition than the other?

       Which company’s acquisition do you believe is more likely to create value for the shareholders of the parent company / acquired company?

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