Goodwill – NYT Definition
Gallows humor is intended to comfort us in troubling times, I suppose. An article in the New York Times offered a new definition of “goodwill” appropriate to the ongoing economic recession. In “Losses in Goodwill Values Dog Bank Deals,” the NYT defined goodwill as “the amount they overpaid for a business compared with the sum of its parts.”
Goodwill appears on the balance sheet of a business when it purchases other businesses. In that context, goodwill is equal to the price paid for the acquisition target in excess of its book value. Every good joke contains a kernel of truth.