The concept of consolidation is used in various fields, and not only in economics. The term can have different meanings depending on which area of fact you are talking about.
Common synonyms for consolidate are reinforce, stabilize or consolidate.
From the beginning, the word consolidate comes from Latin and the word consolidare which means to improve or reinforce the structure of something.
Consolidate according to the Swedish Academy
This is how the Swedish Academy
explains the concept: reinforce, secure: consolidate the company.
Consolidation as an economic term
In economics, the term is used in slightly different ways depending on the area in question. Consolidation is common terms in both consolidated financial statements and in the stock market.
As a term within group, “Consolidate” means to merge or merge several parts into a single whole.
Here are various examples of how the term consolidate is commonly used within group and accounting:
(1) the ascent of companies in another company;
(2) aggregation of balance sheets;
3) strengthening the financial position of an enterprise.
Consolidation as a term in the stock market
In the stock market, the term is used as a way of describing a stock price that moves sideways. The share price is neither moving up nor down.
Consolidate in consolidated financial statements
In consolidated financial statements , the term means that financial statements of a parent company and (at least) a subsidiary or associated company are merged into a whole.
The process often involves merging financial items such as balance sheet, income statement and cash flow to create a single financial picture of the business. In order to be presented as a whole, companies must eliminate transactions between each other.
Why consolidate in consolidated financial statements?
Group consolidation is an important tool for creating an overall picture of a Group’s financial position in the consolidated financial statements. It provides an overview of the Group’s financial position and results of operations and is a fundamental principle of GAAP.
Consolidating also helps to keep track of the financial situation of the various subsidiaries, which allows management to plan for future investments and improve the growth and profitability of the company.
Do you find it difficult to consolidate?
Many people find it difficult to grasp, how to consolidate and create accurate reports. Often you do it too rarely and you have time to forget until the next time it is time to do your group report again.
Many companies and finance managers find it so difficult and time-consuming to consolidate that they need to bring in consulting help for this step. This can be expensive in the long run and be completely unnecessary as there are today many smart tools on the market that facilitate your consolidation.
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