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19-237MR Pental writes down brand name assets
ASIC notes the decision by Pental Limited (Pental) to write down the Country Life brand name intangible asset (Country Life brand) by $1.38 million in its financial report for the year ended 30 June 2019.
ASIC had raised concerns on the impairment assessment of the Country Life brand for Pental’s financial report for the year ended 1 July 2018. ASIC questioned the supportability of earnings growth and capital expenditure forecasts used in testing brand names for impairment having regard to historical performance and market conditions.
As outlined in ASIC media release 19-143MR Major financial reporting changes and other focuses, the impairment of non-financial assets remains a focus area for financial reporting at 30 June 2019.
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