Goodwill is an asset that captures excess of the purchase price over fair market value of an acquired business. Let's walk through the following example: Acquirer buys Target for $500m in cash. Target has 1 asset: PPE with book value of \$100, debt of \$50m, and equity of \$50m = book value (A-L) of \$50m.
- Acquirer records cash decline of $500 to finance acquisition
- Acquirer's PP&E increases by $100m
- Acquirer's debt increases by $50m
- Acquirer records goodwill of $450m