When you’re going through a business combination, accounting can be an afterthought

During an acquisition, your decision-makers are likely more focused on closing the deal than on its impact to financial reporting. But the earlier you can understand the related accounting and disclosure requirements, the smoother your financial reporting process will be.

Determining the accounting early in the acquisition process may help you avoid unexpected audit adjustments or internal control weaknesses associated with the acquisition accounting. Plus, it will be one less obstacle in the way of meeting your financial reporting deadlines.

Day-to-day accounting keeps you busy – and a business combination can strain your resources

If you’re managing an acquisition on top of your other accounting duties, the extra work and added complexity can be daunting – especially when you need to keep everything running smoothly and accurately. And if you’ve never been through an acquisition before, you likely don’t have the expertise on your team to understand the specific needs and complexities you might face.

Business combinations can be a great opportunity, but to take advantage of a hot market, you need to scale your team (and your expertise) quickly. But you don’t have to do it alone – our team can help you manage every part of the process.

During an acquisition, it’s vital to get trusted accounting advice from a team with deep expertise in all the nuances of business combinations. But every business is different – which means you need a plan that takes your specific needs, goals, and timeline into account. 

Access the expertise you need to bring your business combination accounting front and center

With a robust audit background and extensive experience across a wide variety of transactions, our team can help you through any and all stages of your acquisition accounting.

We meet you where you are in the acquisition process, filling in your staffing gaps and educating you on the accounting nuances along the way.

Every business combination is different, so we work with you to customize our solutions to your needs. And if things shift during the acquisition process (and we know they often do), our team is nimble enough to adjust quickly without compromising quality.

We can work through your business combination from start to finish – or pick up in the middle

Accounting memos and disclosures
We can assist with various aspects of business combination accounting, including evaluating change of control, assessing asset acquisition vs. business combination, calculating purchase price, and drafting required disclosures.
Accounting memos and disclosures
Purchase price allocations
Our team can help allocate the purchase price and calculate the resulting goodwill or bargain purchase gain.
Purchase price allocations
Opening balance sheet
We can bridge the target's closing trial balance and calculate funds flow and purchase price allocation to create the opening balance sheet.
Opening balance sheet
Journal entries
Our team can help you decide which journal entries are needed to record the transaction and identify ongoing or recurring entries.
Journal entries
SEC pro forma financial statements
If you’re a public company, we can help you with specific Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements, including pro forma financial statements.
SEC pro forma financial statements
Discover how Crowe helped one publicly traded bank throughout the entire M&A process.

Related services

As you’re going through your business combination, here are some other areas you might need help.

Valuations
Get the expertise you need to manage your financial reporting and valuation needs.
Valuations
M&A optimization
Our team combines integrated services and deep industry expertise to help you optimize your M&A activity.
M&A optimization
Transaction services
If you’re working through a significant business event, our team can bring the expertise you need to inform your due diligence.
Transaction services
Staff augmentation
Fill in the gaps across your organization with staff augmentation services at every level.
Staff augmentation

Our team is here to help, with extensive expertise in all facets of business combination accounting

Our team’s work on deals of many different sizes in almost every industry forms the foundation for our expertise. This experience helps us understand and create a plan based on your specific acquisition accounting needs.

Plus, because we are a global accounting and consulting firm, our specialists can help you with additional needs that might come up during your business combination.

Contact our team today to see how we can help you create a custom acquisition accounting plan for your business combination.