Goodwillnedskrivningars relevans : En studie avseende relevansen hos nedskrivningar av goodwill bland svenska börsnoterade bolag

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Södertörns högskola/Företagsekonomi; Södertörns högskola/Företagsekonomi

Sammanfattning: The aim of this study is to investigate the relevance of goodwill impairment when predicting future cash flow regarding Swedish publicly listed companies on Nasdaq Stockholm. To investigate this, we serve to conclude the relationship between goodwill impairment and future cash flow and its incremental effect when predicting future cash flow.  To fulfill the purpose of the study we use an existing model developed by Bostwick, Krieger and Lambert (2016). The model is an expansion from an earlier model used for cash flow prediction, which was used before it was mandatory to do the annual goodwill impairment test. The model is used conducting a hierarchical regression and the data is mainly collected as secondary data from databases but also includes primary data from manually reviewing annual reports from the observed companies.  Due to the lack of significance we cannot conclude whether there is a positive or negative conjunction between Swedish publicly listed companies' goodwill impairments and future cash flow. Further there is no indication that goodwill impairment significantly aids in predicting future cash flow. We cannot conclude that goodwill impairment has neither a predictive value or confirmatory value, which implies that there is no relevance concerning Swedish publicly listed companies' goodwill impairments.

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