Company purchasing Shares - Accounting Treatment

bigmuggsy Registered Posts: 92 ? ? ?

Company A is part of a group of companies.

During the 2012 years its purchased £51000 worth of shares in another, unconnected company.

Having not prepared accounts of this nature before what would be the accounting entry in the P&L/BS for this purchase?

Any advice be much appreciated.




  • Steve Collings
    Steve Collings Registered Posts: 997

    Assuming the investment is long-term, then you would credit bank and debit fixed asset investments in the balance sheet.

    If Company A owns more than 50% of the investee, the investee becomes a subsidiary and therefore the results of the investee will be consolidated with the rest of the group (assuming group accounts are being prepared). The investment in Company A's balance sheet will then be removed on consolidation and form part of the goodwill calculation.

    Kind regards

  • bigmuggsy
    bigmuggsy Registered Posts: 92 ? ? ?
    Thank you for taking the time to answer, much appreciated.

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