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Chapter 3

Partnership Liquidation And Incorporation; Joint Ventures


The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2006

Chapter 3: Scope of Chapter

Liquidation of LLPs & LPs Meaning of Liquidation Division of Losses & Gains Distribution of Cash or Other Assets Case Studies Payments to Partners in Different Scenarios Preparation of Cash Distribution Plan

Incorporation of LLP Joint Ventures Accounting Methods & Accounting Issues Accounting for Incorporated & Unincorporated Joint Ventures SEC Enforcement Actions for Wrongful Application of Accounting Standard

Liquidation of Partnership

Meaning of Liquidation Division of Losses & Gains Distribution of Cash or Other Assets Payments to Partners of an LLP Explanation of different case scenarios Illustrations & Case Studies Preparation of Cash Distribution Program Installment Payments to Partners General Principles Guiding Installment Payments

Incorporation of a Limited Liability Partnership

Advantages of incorporating LLP Accounting Concerns during Incorporation Illustrations

Joint Ventures

Definition Present-Day Joint Ventures Accounting for Corporate or LLC Joint Ventures Accounting for Unincorporated Joint Ventures Brief description of Equity Method of Accounting for Investment in Common Stock SEC Enforcement Actions Dealing with Wrongful Application of Accounting Standards Illustrations & Case Studies Review Questions, Problems & Exercises

The Meaning of Liquidation

The LIQUIDATION of a limited liability partnership means winding up its activities, usually by selling assets, paying liabilities, and distributing any remaining cash to the partners.

Liquidation of Partnership

The partnership net assets may be sold as a unit or in installments. The cash received must be used to pay partnership creditors. The accounting records of the partnership should be adjusted and closed and net income of loss for the final period of operations entered in the capital accounts.

Meaning of Liquidation

The liquidation usually starts with Realization of non-cash assets. Before any payments to partners, all outside creditors must be paid in full. An unpaid creditor may enforce collection from the personal assets of any solvent partner whose actions caused the partnerships insolvency. Partnership is treated as an entity for many purposes however, it may not use the shield of a separate entity to protect culpable partners personal assets against the claims of unpaid creditors.

Division of Loss and Gains

Always first divide the loss / gain from the realization of noncash assets before distributing cash. As assets are realized, allocate any gains or loss to partners capital accounts in the income-sharing ratio. All creditors must have been paid before distribution of cash. The final credit balances of the partners capital & loan ledger accounts should be equal to the cash available for distribution. Payments are then made in the amounts of the partners respective equities in the partnership.

Distribution of Cash or Other Assets

Payment of Creditors in full. Payment of Loans from partners. Payment of partners Capital Account Credit Balances. If a partners capital account has a debit balance or potential debit balance after possible future realization of losses, then any credit balance in partners loan account must be offset against the deficit in the capital account. This is Right of Offset.


Payments to Partners After All Noncash Assets Realized

Equity of Each Partners is Sufficient to Absorb Loss from Realization. Equity of One Partner is not Sufficient to Absorb that Partners Share of Loss from Realization. Equities of Two Partners are not Sufficient to Absorb Their Shares of Loss from Realization. Partnership is Insolvent but Partners are Solvent. General Partnership is Insolvent and Partners are Insolvent.


Case 1:
Equity of One Partner Is Not Sufficient to Absorb That Partners Share of Loss From Realization

The loss on realization of assets, when distributed in the income-sharing ration, results in a debit balance in the capital (or capital & loan combined) account of one of the partners. That partner must pay the deficit to the partnership. If the partner is unable to do so, the deficit must be absorbed by other partners as an additional loss to be shared in the same proportion as they have previously shared net income or losses.


Case 1:
Balance Sheet of DE&F LLP (Prior to Liquidation)
ASSETS Cash $ 20,000 Other Assets $ 80,000 LIABILITIES Liabilities $ 30,000 D, Capital $ 40,000 E, Capital $ 21,000 F, Capital $ 9,000


$ 100,000


$ 100,000


Case 1: Assumptions for the Illustration:

Income Sharing Ratio is D 20%; E 40%; and F 40% The other assets of $ 80,000 realized $ 50,000 cash Resulting loss of $ 30,000 from Realization Partner F is charged with 40% of this loss ($ 12,000) Resulting deficit of $ 3,000 in Fs capital a/c


Balances Before Liquidation Realization of Other Assets @ loss of $30,000 Balances Payments to Creditors Balances Payment From F Balances Payments to Partners

Assets Liabilities Cash Other 20,000 80,000 30,000 50,000 70,000 (30,000) 40,000 3,000 43,000 (43,000) (80,000) 30,000 (30,000) -

Partners' Capital D (20%) E(40%) F(40%) 40,000 21,000 9,000 (6,000) 34,000 34,000 34,000 (34,000) (12,000) 9,000 9,000 9,000 (9,000) (12,000) (3,000) (3,000) 3,000 -


Case 2: Equities of Two Partners Are Not Sufficient To Absorb Their Shares of Loss From Realization

Inability of a partner to pay the partnership for a capital deficit may cause additional loss to the other partners. A partner may have sufficient capital (or combination of capital & loan accounts) to absorb any direct share of loss on the realization of noncash assets, but not sufficient to absorb additional actual or potential losses caused by inability of the partnership to collect the deficit in another partners capital account.


Case 2: Assumptions for Illustration

JKL&M LLP is the partnership firm The partners J, K, L & M share net income and losses 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% respectively Their capital account balances are as shown in statement of realization and liquidation on next slide


Balances before Liquidation Realization of Other Assets @ loss of $ 80,000 Balances Payments to Creditors Balances Payments to Partners Balances

Assets Liabilities J (10%) K (20%) L (30%) M (40%) Cash Other 20,000 200,000 120,000 30,000 32,000 30,000 8,000 120,000 (200,000) 140,000 (120,000) 20,000 (20,000) (8,000) 22,000 22,000 (16,000) 6,000 (16,000) 16,000 16,000 (4,000) 12,000 (24,000) 6,000 6,000 6,000 (32,000) (24,000) (24,000) (24,000)

120,000 (120,000)


Partnership Is Insolvent but Partners Are Solvent

If a limited liability partnership is insolvent, it is unable to pay all outside creditors, and at least one and perhaps all of the partners will have debit balances in their capital accounts. The partnership creditors may demand payment from any solvent partner whose actions caused the partnerships insolvency, regardless of whether the partners capital account has a debit balance or a credit balance.


Installment Payments to Partners

Liquidation in installments means to realize some assets, paying creditors, paying the remaining available cash to partners, realizing additional assets and making additional cash payments to partners. The liquidation continues until all non-cash assets are realized and all cash has been distributed to creditors and partners.


General Principles Guiding Installment Payments

Assume a total loss on all remaining non-cash assets and provide for tall possible losses, including potential liquidation costs and unrecorded liabilities. Assume that any partner with a potential capital deficit will be unable to pay any thing to the partnership. Distribute each installment of cash as if no more cash will be forthcoming.


General Principles Guiding Installment Payments

The liquidator should authorize a cash payment to a partner only if that partner has a capital account ( or capital & loan combined account) credit balance enough to absorb a portion of maximum possible loss that may incur on realization.


Cash Distribution Program

Why to have a Cash Distribution Program? Its more efficient to have in advance a complete Cash Distribution Program Ease, efficiency and accuracy of distributing cash as soon as its available


Cash Distribution Program

Procedure to develop Cash Distribution Program. Determine the equity of each partner before liquidation. Determine the capital per unit of income (loss) sharing for each partner, by dividing capital account balance by each partners income-sharing ratio. If for some reason, original relationship among the partners capital account balance has been disrupted, a Revised Cash Distribution Program must be prepared.


Liquidation of Limited Partnerships

Most of the procedures & rulings of the liquidation of LLPs and General Partnerships apply to the liquidation of Limited Partnerships. The Uniform Limited Partnership Act provides that after outside creditors have been paid, the equities of the limited partners must be paid before the general partner(s) may receive any cash. Limited partners may agree that one or more of them may have priority over the others regarding payments in liquidation of the limited partnership.


Incorporation of Limited Liability Partnership

Why to incorporate the Limited Liability Partnership? Limited Liability of stockholders. Ease of attracting additional Capital. Possible income tax advantages.


Incorporation of Limited Liability Partnership

Each partner receives an equitable portion of the capital stock issued by the new corporation. The assets of the partnership must be adjusted to current fair value before being transferred to the corporation. Identify any intangible asset or goodwill developed by the partnership should be included in the assets transferred to Corporation.


Joint Ventures

A Joint Venture is different from partnership in a way that its limited in carrying out a single project. When the capital required is larger than an individual can provide and risks are too high to be bourn alone the Joint Ventures came into existence. The individuals (Venturers) would come together to undertake a venture of this type.


Present-day Joint Ventures

Today, JVs are less common but still employed for many projects such as The acquisition, development and sale of real property Exploration for Oil & Gas Construction of Bridges, Buildings and Dams Corporate Joint Ventures