Bleak Weather for Sun-Shine AG – A Case Study of Impairment of Assets

D. Detzen, T. Stork-Wersborg, H. Zulch

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This case originates from a real-life business situation and illustrates the application of impairment tests in accordance with IFRS and U.S. GAAP. In the first part of the case study, students examine conceptual questions of impairment tests under IFRS and U.S. GAAP with respect to applicable accounting standards, definitions, value concepts, and frequency of application. In addition, the case encourages students to discuss the impairment regime from an economic point of view. The second part of the instructional resource continues to provide instructors with the flexibility of applying U.S. GAAP and/or IFRS when students are asked to test a longlived asset for impairment and, if necessary, allocate any potential impairment. This latter part demonstrates that impairment tests require professional judgment that students are to exercise in the case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-126
JournalIssues in Accounting Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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