Exposure Draft of Definition of Business (Amendments to Ind AS 103) (Comments to be received by April 6, 2019)
March, 04th 2019
ED/ Ind AS103/2018/09
Definition of a Business
Amendments to Ind AS 103
(Last date for Comments: April 6, 2019)
Accounting Standards Board
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Definition of Business
(Amendments to Ind AS 103, Business Combinations)
Following is the Exposure Draft of the Amendments to Ind AS 103, Business
Combinations, issued by the Accounting Standards Board of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of India for comments. Objective of the proposed
amendments is to clarify the definition of `Business' to assist the entities to
determine whether a transaction should be accounted for as a business
combination or as an asset acquisition.
The Board invites comments on any aspect of this Exposure Draft. Comments
are most helpful if they contain a clear rationale and, where applicable, provide
suggestions for alternative wording.
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Amendments to Ind AS 103, Business Combinations
Paragraph 3, the definition of the term `business' in Appendix A and paragraphs
B7B9, B11 and B12 are amended. Paragraphs 64P, B7AB7C, B8A and
B12AB12D, and headings above paragraphs B7A, B8 and B12, are added.
Paragraph B10 is deleted. New text is underlined and deleted text is struck
Identifying a business combination
3 An entity shall determine whether a transaction or other event is a
business combination by applying the definition in this Ind AS, which
requires that the assets acquired and liabilities assumed constitute a
business. If the assets acquired are not a business, the reporting entity
shall account for the transaction or other event as an asset
acquisition. Paragraphs B5B12B12D provide guidance on
identifying a business combination and the definition of a business.
Effective date and transition
64P Definition of a Business (Amendments to Ind AS 103), added paragraphs
B7AB7C, B8A and B12AB12D, amended the definition of the term
`business' in Appendix A, amended paragraphs 3, B7B9, B11 and B12
and deleted paragraph B10. An entity shall apply these amendments to
business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the
beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after 1
April, 2020 and to asset acquisitions that occur on or after the beginning
of that period.
business An integrated set of activities and assets that is capable of being
conducted and managed for the purpose of providing goods or
services to customers, generating investment income (such as
dividends or interest) or generate other income from ordinary
activitiesa return in the form of dividends, lower costs or other
economic benefits directly to investors or other owners,
members or participants.
Definition of a business (application of paragraph 3)
B7 A business consists of inputs and processes applied to those inputs that
have the ability to create contribute to the creations of outputs. Although
businesses usually have outputs, outputs are not required for an
integrated set to qualify as a business. The three elements of a business
are defined as follows (see paragraphs B8-B12D for guidance on the
elements of a business:
(a) Input: Any economic resource that creates outputs, or has the ability
to create, contribute to the creations of outputs when one or more
processes are applied to it. Examples include non-current assets
(including intangible assets or rights to use non-current assets),
intellectual property, the ability to obtain access to necessary
materials or rights and employees.
(b) Process: Any system, standard, protocol, convention or rule that,
when applied to an input or inputs, creates outputs or has the ability
to create contribute to the creations of outputs. Examples include
strategic management processes, operational processes and resource
management processes. These processes typically are documented,
but the intellectual capacity of an organised workforce having the
necessary skills and experience following rules and conventions may
provide the necessary processes that are capable of being applied to
inputs to create outputs. (Accounting, billing, payroll and other
administrative systems typically are not processes used to create
(c) Output: The result of inputs and processes applied to those inputs
that provide or have the ability to provide a return in the form of
dividends, lower costs or other economic benefits directly to
investors or other owners, members or participants goods or services
to customers, generating investment income (such as dividends or
interest) or generate other income from ordinary activities.
Optional test to identify concentration of fair value
B7A Paragraph B7B sets out an optional test (the concentration test) to permit
a simplified assessment of whether an acquired set of activities and
assets is not a business. An entity may elect to apply, or not apply, the
test. An entity may make such an election separately for each transaction
or other event. The concentration test has the following consequences:
(a) if the concentration test is met, the set of activities and assets is
determined not to be a business and no further assessment is
(b) if the concentration test is not met, or if the entity elects not to
apply the test, the entity shall then perform the assessment set out
in paragraphs B8B12D.
B7B The concentration test is met if substantially all of the fair value of the
gross assets acquired is concentrated in a single identifiable asset or
group of similar identifiable assets. For the concentration test:
(a) gross assets acquired shall exclude cash and cash equivalents,
deferred tax assets, and goodwill resulting from the effects of
deferred tax liabilities.
(b) the fair value of the gross assets acquired shall include any
consideration transferred (plus the fair value of any non-
controlling interest and the fair value of any previously held
interest) in excess of the fair value of net identifiable assets
acquired. The fair value of the gross assets acquired may normally
be determined as the total obtained by adding the fair value of the
consideration transferred (plus the fair value of any non-
controlling interest and the fair value of any previously held
interest) to the fair value of the liabilities assumed (other than
deferred tax liabilities), and then excluding the items identified in
subparagraph (a). However, if the fair value of the gross assets
acquired is more than that total, a more precise calculation may
sometimes be needed.
(c) a single identifiable asset shall include any asset or group of assets
that would be recognised and measured as a single identifiable
asset in a business combination.
(d) if a tangible asset is attached to, and cannot be physically removed
and used separately from, another tangible asset (or from an
underlying asset subject to a lease, as defined in Ind AS 116,
Leases), without incurring significant cost, or significant
diminution in utility or fair value to either asset (for example, land
and buildings), those assets shall be considered a single
(e) when assessing whether assets are similar, an entity shall consider
the nature of each single identifiable asset and the risks associated
with managing and creating outputs from the assets (that is, the
(f) the following shall not be considered similar assets:
(i) a tangible asset and an intangible asset;
(ii) tangible assets in different classes (for example, inventory,
manufacturing equipment and automobiles) unless they are
considered a single identifiable asset in accordance with the
criterion in subparagraph (d);
(iii) identifiable intangible assets in different classes (for
example, brand names, licences and intangible assets under
(iv) a financial asset and a non-financial asset;
(v) financial assets in different classes (for example, accounts
receivable and investments in equity instruments); and
(vi) identifiable assets that are within the same class of asset but
have significantly different risk characteristics.
B7C The requirements in paragraph B7B do not modify the guidance on
similar assets in Ind AS 38, Intangible Assets; nor do they modify the
meaning of the term `class' in Ind AS 16, Property, Plant and
Equipment, Ind AS 38, and Ind AS 107, Financial Instruments:
Elements of a Business
B8 Although businesses usually have outputs, outputs are not required for
an integrated set of activities and assets to qualify as a business. To be
capable of being conducted and managed for the purposes defined
purpose identified in the definition of a business, an integrated set of
activities and assets requires two essential elements--inputs and
processes applied to those inputs, which together are or will be used to
create outputs. However, a A business need not include all of the inputs
or processes that the seller used in operating that business if market
participants are capable of acquiring the business and continuing to
produce outputs, for example, by integrating the business with their own
inputs and processes. However, to be considered a business, an
integrated set of activities and assets must include, at a minimum, an
input and a substantive process that together significantly contribute to
the ability to create output. Paragraphs B12-B12D specify how to access
whether a process is substantive.
B8A If an acquired set of activities and assets has outputs, continuation of
revenue does not on its own indicate that both an input and a substantive
process have been acquired.
B9 The nature of the elements of a business varies by industry and by the
structure of an entity's operations (activities), including the entity's
stage of development. Established businesses often have many different
types of inputs, processes and outputs, whereas new businesses often
have few inputs and processes and sometimes only a single output
(product). Nearly all businesses also have liabilities, but a business need
not have liabilities. Furthermore, an acquired set of activities and assets
that is not a business might have liabilities.
B10 [Refer Appendix 1]An integrated set of activities and assets in the
development stage might not have outputs. If not, the acquirer should
consider other factors to determine whether the set is a business. Those
factors include, but are not limited to, whether the set:
(a) has begun planned principal activities;
(b) has employees, intellectual property and other inputs and processes
that could be applied to those inputs;
(c) is pursuing a plan to produce outputs; and
will be able to obtain access to customers that will purchase the outputs.
Not all of those factors need to be present for a particular integrated set
of activities and assets in the development stage to qualify as a business.
B11 Determining whether a particular set of activities and assets and
activities is a business should shall be based on whether the integrated
set is capable of being conducted and managed as a business by a
market participant. Thus, in evaluating whether a particular set is a
business, it is not relevant whether a seller operated the set as a business
or whether the acquirer intends to operate the set as a business.
Assessing whether an acquired process is substantive
B12 In the absence of evidence to the contrary, a particular set of assets and
activities in which goodwill is present shall be presumed to be a
business. However, a business need not have goodwill. Paragraphs
B12AB12D explain how to assess whether an acquired process is
substantive if the acquired set of activities and assets does not have
outputs (paragraph B12B) and if it does have outputs (paragraph B12C).
B12A An example of an acquired set of activities and assets that does not have
outputs at the acquisition date is an early-stage entity that has not started
generating revenue. Moreover, if an acquired set of activities and assets
was generating revenue at the acquisition date, it is considered to have
outputs at that date, even if subsequently it will no longer generate
revenue from external customers, for example because it will be
B12B If a set of activities and assets does not have outputs at the acquisition
date, an acquired process (or group of processes) shall be considered
substantive only if:
(a) it is critical to the ability to develop or convert an acquired input or
inputs into outputs; and
(b) the inputs acquired include both an organised workforce that has
the necessary skills, knowledge, or experience to perform that
process (or group of processes) and other inputs that the organised
workforce could develop or convert into outputs. Those other
inputs could include:
(i) intellectual property that could be used to develop a good or
(ii) other economic resources that could be developed to create
(iii) rights to obtain access to necessary materials or rights that
enable the creation of future outputs.
Examples of the inputs mentioned in subparagraphs (b)(i)(iii) include
technology, in-process research and development projects, real estate
and mineral interests.
B12C If a set of activities and assets has outputs at the acquisition date, an
acquired process (or group of processes) shall be considered substantive
if, when applied to an acquired input or inputs, it:
(a) is critical to the ability to continue producing outputs, and the
inputs acquired include an organised workforce with the necessary
skills, knowledge, or experience to perform that process (or group
of processes); or
(b) significantly contributes to the ability to continue producing
(i) is considered unique or scarce; or
(ii) cannot be replaced without significant cost, effort, or delay in
the ability to continue producing outputs.
B12D The following additional discussion supports both paragraphs B12B and
(a) an acquired contract is an input and not a substantive process.
Nevertheless, an acquired contract, for example, a contract for
outsourced property management or outsourced asset management,
may give access to an organised workforce. An entity shall assess
whether an organised workforce accessed through such a contract
performs a substantive process that the entity controls, and thus
has acquired. Factors to be considered in making that assessment
include the duration of the contract and its renewal terms.
(b) difficulties in replacing an acquired organised workforce may
indicate that the acquired organised workforce performs a process
that is critical to the ability to create outputs.
(a)(c) a process (or group of processes) is not critical if, for example, it
is ancillary or minor within the context of all the processes
required to create outputs
Comparison with IFRS 3, Business Combinations
6. Paragraph B10 appears as `deleted' in IFRS 3. In order to maintain
consistency with paragraph numbers of IFRS 3, the paragraph number is
retained in Ind AS 103.