Our Full disclosure podcast series brings you back to the basics on all things related to financial statement presentation and disclosure, from the top of the financial statements through the footnotes. 

This week we focus on equity method investments and consolidation matters—think majority interests and variable interest entities (VIEs). Matt Sabatini, PwC National Office partner, is back again to share helpful insights and key reminders.

Topics include:

  • 1:12 - Consolidation. Matt and Heather begin with an overview of the purpose of, and requirements for, consolidated financial statements.
  • 11:04 - Variable interest entities. Matt and Heather tackle VIEs first—how are they presented? What are the disclosure objectives and requirements? Our guest also explains what’s different if you’re not the primary beneficiary.
  • 22:25 - Other consolidation considerations. Matt dives into a few exceptions to the rules, common SEC comments, and other considerations. 
  • 30:46 - Equity method investments. Not required to consolidate? Matt describes the presentation and disclosure objectives and requirements for equity method investments. 
  • 45:06 - Other key reminders. Matt gives more reminders for preparing equity method investment disclosures and offers some final words of advice. 

Want to learn more? Read our Financial statement presentation guide on equity method investments and consolidation. Or check out our Equity method investments and joint ventures and Consolidation guides for questions about accounting.

Matt Sabatini is a partner in PwC's National Office with over 20 years of experience helping clients and engagement teams navigate the accounting and financial reporting for complex transactions. He specializes in the accounting for M&A, corporate reorganizations, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and other investments.

Heather Horn is a Deputy Chief Accountant in PwC’s National Office and leader of the thought leadership group, responsible for developing our communications strategy and conveying firm positions on accounting and financial reporting matters. She is the engaging host of PwC’s accounting and reporting weekly podcast and quarterly webcast series, as well as periodic webcasts for the power and utilities industry. With over 30 years of experience, Heather’s accounting and auditing expertise includes financial instruments and rate-regulated accounting.

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