Goodwill and other Intangible Assets
|12 Months Ended|
Dec. 31, 2014
|Goodwill and Intangible Assets Disclosure [Abstract]|
|Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets||
(9) Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
Changes in the carrying amount of goodwill are as follows:
Goodwill recognized from acquisitions primarily relates to assembled workforces, website community and other intangible assets that do not qualify for separate recognition.
As presented in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets, trademarks is the other significant indefinite lived intangible asset.
Intangible Assets Subject to Amortization
Intangible assets subject to amortization are comprised of the following:
The weighted average life of these amortizable intangible assets was approximately 9 years, at the time of acquisition. However, amortization is expected to match the usage of the related asset and will be on an accelerated basis as demonstrated in table below.
Amortization expense for intangible assets with finite useful lives was $504 million, $482 million and $449 million for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Based on its amortizable intangible assets as of December 31, 2014, Liberty expects that amortization expense will be as follows for the next five years (amounts in millions):
Continued declining operating results as compared to budgeted results and certain trends related to certain Digital Commerce companies required a Step 2 impairment test and a determination of fair value for those subsidiaries. Fair value for those subsidiaries, including the related intangibles and goodwill, were determined using the respective companies' projections of future operating performance and applying a combination of market multiples (market approach) and discounted cash flow (income approach) calculations (Level 3). As of December 31, 2014 accumulated goodwill impairment losses for the Digital Commerce companies was $111 million.
The entire disclosure for the aggregate amount of goodwill and a description of intangible assets, which may include (a) for amortizable intangible assets (also referred to as finite-lived intangible assets), the carrying amount, the amount of any significant residual value, and the weighted-average amortization period, (b) for intangible assets not subject to amortization (also referred to as indefinite-lived intangible assets), the carrying amount, and (c) the amount of research and development assets acquired and written off in the period, including the line item in the income statement in which the amounts written off are aggregated, if not readily apparent from the income statement. Also discloses (a) for amortizable intangibles assets in total and by major class, the gross carrying amount and accumulated amortization, the total amortization expense for the period, and the estimated aggregate amortization expense for each of the five succeeding fiscal years, (b) for intangible assets not subject to amortization the carrying amount in total and by major class, and (c) for goodwill, in total and for each reportable segment, the changes in the carrying amount of goodwill during the period (including the aggregate amount of goodwill acquired, the aggregate amount of impairment losses recognized, and the amount of goodwill included in the gain (loss) on disposal of a reporting unit). If any part of goodwill has not been allocated to a reportable segment, discloses the unallocated amount and the reasons for not allocating. For each impairment loss recognized related to an intangible asset (excluding goodwill), discloses: (a) a description of the impaired intangible asset and the facts and circumstances leading to the impairment, (b) the amount of the impairment loss and the method for determining fair value, (c) the caption in the income statement or the statement of activities in which the impairment loss is aggregated, and (d) the segment in which the impaired intangible asset is reported. For each goodwill impairment loss recognized, discloses: (a) a description of the facts and circumstances leading to the impairment, (b) the amount of the impairment loss and the method of determining the fair value of the associated reporting unit, and (c) if a recognized impairment loss is an estimate not finalized and the reasons why the estimate is not final. May also disclose the nature and amount of any significant adjustments made to a previous estimate of an impairment loss.
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