Los Angeles Business Journal

Beware the Goodwill Games

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Multibillion-dollar write-offs by Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Boston Scientific Corp. for poorly performing acquisitions prompt the question: Who's next?

A Wall Street Journal analysis reveals some intriguing possibilities, including six companies that are carrying more goodwill on their balance sheets than the companies' market values.