merger accounting

   the false statement of subsequent profitability
   Literally, the creation of provisions against the cost of assimilating an acquisition:
    By the alchemy of merger accounting, some of the 'cost' could be recycled into profits. (Daily Telegraph, 16 November 1990 — it was suggested that some £60 million were thus shown as profit by Burton after its contested acquisition of the store group Debenhams)

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