Appendix A -- Defined terms

This appendix is an integral part of the Standard.



The business or businesses that the acquirer obtains control of in a business combination.



The entity that obtains control of the acquiree.

acquisition date


The date on which the acquirer obtains control of the acquiree.



An integrated set of activities and assets that is capable of being conducted and managed for the purpose of providing goods or services to customers, generating investment income (such as dividends or interest) or generating other income from ordinary activities.

business combination


A transaction or other event in which an acquirer obtains control of one or more businesses. Transactions sometimes referred to as ‘true mergers’ or ‘mergers of equals’ are also business combinations as that term is used in this Standard.

contingent consideration


Usually, an obligation of the acquirer to transfer additional assets or equity interests to the former owners of an acquiree as part of the exchange for control of the acquiree if specified future events occur or conditions are met. However, contingent consideration also may give the acquirer the right to the return of previously transferred consideration if specified conditions are met.

equity interests


For the purposes of this Standard, equity interests is used broadly to mean ownership interests of investor-owned entities and owner, member or participant interests of mutual entities.

fair value


Fair value is the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. (See AASB 13.)



An asset representing the future economic benefits arising from other assets acquired in a business combination that are not individually identified and separately recognised.



An asset is identifiable if it either:

(a)            is separable, ie capable of being separated or divided from the entity and sold, transferred, licensed, rented or exchanged, either individually or together with a related contract, identifiable asset or liability, regardless of whether the entity intends to do so; or

(b)           arises from contractual or other legal rights, regardless of whether those rights are transferable or separable from the entity or from other rights and obligations.

intangible asset


An identifiable non-monetary asset without physical substance.

mutual entity


An entity, other than an investor-owned entity, that provides dividends, lower costs or other economic benefits directly to its owners, members or participants. For example, a mutual insurance company, a credit union and a co-operative entity are all mutual entities.

non-controlling interest


The equity in a subsidiary not attributable, directly or indirectly, to a parent.



For the purposes of this Standard, owners is used broadly to include holders of equity interests of investor-owned entities and owners or members of, or participants in, mutual entities.