Global BV News: European goodwill impairment up 49% in 2020

BVWireIssue #233-2
February 9, 2022

global business valuation
goodwill, goodwill impairment, impairment testing, international business valuation, intangible

Total goodwill impairment recorded by European-listed companies in the STOXX® Europe 600 increased for the third consecutive year, rising 49%, to €54.1 billion (bn) in 2020, according to the “2021 European Goodwill Impairment Study,” from Kroll. Spain had the highest aggregate amount of goodwill impairment in 2020, followed by the United Kingdom. Overall, the top three industries with the most significant increase in goodwill impairment amounts in 2020 are (in order of magnitude): financials and real estate, materials, and communications services.
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