ASC 350-30-35-6 states that, “[the] method of amortization shall reflect the pattern in which the economic benefits of the intangible asset are consumed or otherwise used up. If that pattern cannot be reliably determined, a straight-line amortization method shall be used.” When an income approach method is used to value an intangible asset, it is appropriate to amortize that asset in a manner that reflects the cash flows utilized in the valuation. That being said, many companies still use a straight-line approach. The following exhibit can be used to determine the possible ways to amortize an intangible asset that was valued using an income approach method.
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