Subject: Business    / Accounting

Belden acquires 30 percent of the outstanding voting shares of Sheffield on January 1, 2017, for $408,000, which gives Belden the ability to significantly influence Sheffield. Sheffield has a net book value of $1,260,000 at January 1, 2017. Sheffield’s asset and liability accounts showed carrying amounts considered equal to fair values except for a copyright whose value accounted for Belden’s entire excess cost over its share of Sheffield’s book value in its 30 percent purchase. The copyright had a remaining life of 16 years at January 1, 2017.

Sheffield reported net income of $283,000 in 2017 and $364,000 of net income during 2018. Dividends of $111,000 and $128,000 are declared and paid in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Belden uses the equity method.

How much income would Belden report for 2017 and 2018 in connection with the company’s investment in Sheffield?


If Belden sells its entire investment in Sheffield on January 1, 2019, for $640,000 cash, what is the impact on Belden’s income?

3.    Assume that Belden sells inventory to Sheffield during 2017 and 2018 as follows:

Year    Cost to
Belden    Price to
Sheffield    Year-End Balance
(at Transfer Price)
2017    $18,600     $31,000     $12,400 (sold in following year)
2018    24,600     41,000     24,600 (sold in following year)

What amount of equity income should Belden recognize for the year 2018?

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