Deutsche Bank
Annual Report 2009
Deutsche Bank Annual Report 2009
Impairment Test

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Goodwill Impairment Test

Goodwill is allocated to cash-generating units for the purpose of impairment testing, considering the business level at which goodwill is monitored for internal management purposes. On this basis, the Group’s cash-generating units primarily are Global Markets and Corporate Finance within the Corporate Banking & Securities segment, Global Transaction Banking, Asset Management and Private Wealth Management within the Asset and Wealth Management segment, Private & Business Clients and Corporate Investments. In addition, the segments CB&S and CI carry goodwill resulting from the acquisition of nonintegrated investments which are not allocated to the respective segments’ primary cash-generating units. Such goodwill is tested individually for impairment on the level of each of the nonintegrated investments and summarized as Others in the table below. The nonintegrated investment in CI constitutes Maher Terminals, which was transferred from AWM to CI effective January 1, 2009.

The carrying amounts of goodwill by cash-generating unit for the years ended December 31, 2009, and 2008, are as follows.

in € m.

Global Markets

Corporate Finance

Global Transaction Banking

Asset Management

Private Wealth Management

Private & Business Clients

Corporate Investments


Total Goodwill

As of December 31, 2008



















As of December 31, 2009









Goodwill is tested for impairment annually in the fourth quarter by comparing the recoverable amount of each goodwill carrying cash-generating unit with its carrying amount. The carrying amount of a cash-generating unit is derived based on the amount of equity allocated to a cash-generating unit. The carrying amount also considers the amount of goodwill and unamortized intangible assets of a cash-generating unit. The recoverable amount is the higher of a cash-generating unit’s fair value less costs to sell and its value in use. The annual goodwill impairment tests in 2009, 2008 and 2007 did not result in an impairment loss of goodwill of the Group’s primary cash-generating units as the recoverable amount for these cash-generating units was higher than their respective carrying amount.

The following sections describe how the Group determines the recoverable amount of its primary goodwill carrying cash-generating units and provides information on certain key assumptions on which management based its determination of the recoverable amount.