Acquired businesses are accounted for using the purchase method, which requires that the assets acquired and liabilities assumed be recorded at their respective fair values applicable on the date that WACKER gains control.
The determination of the fair values requires certain estimates and assumptions, especially concerning the acquired intangible assets and property, plant and equipment, as well as the liabilities assumed and the useful lives of the acquired intangible assets, property, plant and equipment.
Measurement is based to a large extent on anticipated cash flows. If actual cash flows vary from those used in calculating fair values, this may affect future net income.
For significant acquisitions, the purchase price allocation is carried out with assistance from independent third-party valuation specialists. The valuations are based on information available at the acquisition date.