intangible assets


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Intangible Asset

In accounting, any asset that cannot be seen or touched. Intangible assets include things like patents and brand recognition, which add value to a company, but are difficult to price. Intangible assets explicitly do not include actual things, such as widgets, a widget factory, or the land upon which the widget factory is built. Because of the difficulty in pricing, intangible assets are sometimes not included in a company's valuation. However, not including them may not express the company's true value. See also: Tangible assets.

intangible assets

nonphysical assets such as GOODWILL, PATENTS and TRADEMARKS which have a money value. Compare TANGIBLE ASSETS.
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It is the intangible assets in a business that drives future cash flows more than its fixed assets, and this free cash can be used to service debt instead of equity.
North America was the largest region in the global lessors of non-financial intangible assets market, accounting for 63% of the market in 2018.
Intangible assets related to technologies: composed of intangible assets resulting of intellectual property rights and know-how transfer.
Even if this type of estimation implies errors, it is an indicator which determines satisfactorily the market value of the intangible assets. This approach represents a significant theory evolution to the traditional one, 10 years old.
The ASC Master Glossary simply defines intangible assets as assets (other than goodwill) that lack physical substance, whereas assets are defined as probable future economic benefits obtained as a result of past transactions (Concept Statement 6).
It is worth noting that even though pledging intangible assets as collateral is relatively safer than name lending, it is still risky and I personally do not recommend these types of lending.
Considering the identification, measurement and disclosure of intangible assets a stringent research problem, in the light of the theoretical evidences, we investigate the stage of intangible assets process developed by the Romanian municipalities as important catalysts of political and public visibility as well as promoters of information production, taking into account as main investigation items the awareness about intangible assets importance of the decision makers in these entities as well as the disclosure level and the most influential factors in this disclosure.
* For financial reporting purposes, if the financial projections used to value the acquired intangible assets include buyer-specific synergies and if these synergies (or a portion thereof) were paid for, then these synergies are subsumed within goodwill; and
2012-02, Intangibles--Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets for Impairment, issued in July 2012, permits the use of a qualitative assessment in testing indefinite-lived intangible assets for impairment.
Calculate the return on intangible assets by dividing the net income (from the income statement) by the intangible asset value found in Step 2.
We show that the transition to IAS/IFRS did not change the overall amount of intangible assets, even though it operated substitution effects in favour of goodwill.
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