270-B-A-I-A (3626).doc - At the beginning of 2011 the...

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At the beginning of 2011, the Healthy Life Food Company purchased equipment for $42 million to be used in the manufacture of a new line of gourmet frozen foods. The equipment was estimated to have a 10-year service life and no residual value. The straight-line depreciation method was used to measure depreciation for 2011 and 2012. Late in 2013, it became apparent that sales of the new frozen food line were significantly below expectations. The company decided to continue production for two more years (2014 and 2015) and then discontinue the line. At that time, the equipment will be sold for minimal scrap values. The controller, Heather Meyer, was asked by Harvey Dent, the company's chief executive officer (CEO), to determine the appropriate treatment of the change in service life of the equipment. Heather determined that there has been an impairment of value requiring an immediate write-down of the equipment of $12,900,000. The remaining book value would then be depreciated over the equipment's revised service life.

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