Proportional Consolidation

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Proportional Consolidation'

In accounting for joint ventures, a method of including items of income, expense, assets and liabilities in proportion to the firm's percentage of participation in the venture. The proportional consolidation method was initially favored by IFRS accounting standards, though it also allows use of the equity method. Under U.S. GAAP, a firm's interest in a joint venture is accounted for using the equity method. Recently, IFRS standards have begun to converge with those of GAAP on this matter.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Proportional Consolidation'

The issue of accounting for joint ventures has been a matter of ongoing discussion in the movement to resolve significant differences between IFRS and U.S. GAAP. Proponents of proportional consolidation argue that this method provides more detailed information, since it breaks out the performance of the joint venture interest into its component parts. The equity method is favored by others, who feel that it is a simpler and more straightforward approach of accounting for outside investments.



RELATED TERMS
  1. Acquisition

    A corporate action in which a company buys most, if not all, ...
  2. Consolidation

    In technical analysis, the movement of an asset's price within ...
  3. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ...

    The common set of accounting principles, standards and procedures ...
  4. Acquisition Premium

    The difference between the estimated real value of a company ...
  5. Mergers And Acquisitions - M&A

    A general term used to refer to the consolidation of companies. ...
  6. Conglomerate Merger

    A merger between firms that are involved in totally unrelated ...
Related Articles
  1. Bonds & Fixed Income

    8 Reasons M&A Deals Fall Through

    Mergers and acquisitions can mean big success. But what about all the deals that fall through?
  2. Fundamental Analysis

    Accretion / Dilution Analysis: A Merger Mystery

    This analysis tool is an effective way to value mergers and acquisitions. The deal's on the table, but should you sign the papers?
  3. Options & Futures

    Parents And Spinoffs: When To Buy And When To Sell

    Spinoffs can create great investing opportunities, but there's a time to stick around and a time to jump ship.
  4. Entrepreneurship

    Biggest Merger and Acquisition Disasters

    Find out which companies collapsed after merging.
  5. Options & Futures

    What Makes An M&A Deal Work?

    Do you know why companies merge? Here we'll take a look at three successful company acquisitions and why they succeeded.
  6. Investing

    What's a Run Rate?

    Run rate is a term used to denote annualized earnings extrapolated from a shorter time frame. Management uses the run rate to estimate future revenues.
  7. Professionals

    Financial Accounting

    Financial accounting is the process of gathering, recording, summarizing and reporting financial data relating to a business. The ultimate goal is to accurately report the financial picture and ...
  8. Investing

    What are Direct Costs?

    Direct costs for finished goods refer to the items and services directly used in production. Other costs such as rent and insurance for the production site are indirect costs. These costs may ...
  9. Investing

    What is Contingent Liability?

    A contingent liability is an amount that might have to be paid in the future, but there are still unresolved matters that make it only a possibility. Lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits are the ...
  10. Investing

    What's Accrued Interest?

    Accrued interest has two meanings. In accounting, it is interest that has been earned, but the time for payment has not yet occurred.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Asset Class

    A group of securities that exhibit similar characteristics, behave similarly in the marketplace, and are subject to the same ...
  2. Fiat Money

    Currency that a government has declared to be legal tender, but is not backed by a physical commodity. The value of fiat ...
  3. Interest Rate Risk

    The risk that an investment's value will change due to a change in the absolute level of interest rates, in the spread between ...
  4. Income Effect

    In the context of economic theory, the income effect is the change in an individual's or economy's income and how that change ...
  5. Price-To-Sales Ratio - PSR

    A valuation ratio that compares a company’s stock price to its revenues. The price-to-sales ratio is an indicator of the ...
  6. Hurdle Rate

    The minimum rate of return on a project or investment required by a manager or investor. In order to compensate for risk, ...
Trading Center