In the context of business and accounting, “Goodwill” in Singapore refers to the intangible asset that represents the excess of the purchase price of a company over the fair value of its identifiable tangible and intangible assets acquired in a business combination. Essentially, it reflects the premium paid for acquiring a business beyond its tangible assets.

Goodwill can arise from factors such as the reputation of the company, the quality of its customer relationships, its brand value, intellectual property, and other intangible assets that contribute to the company’s earning power and competitive position in the market.

In Singapore, as in many other jurisdictions, Goodwill is recognised and accounted for per generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). It is subject to periodic impairment testing to ensure that its carrying value on the balance sheet reflects its true economic value. If there is an indication that the value of Goodwill has been impaired, companies are required to write down its value on the balance sheet, reducing its reported assets and potentially affecting profitability.