How do intercompany eliminations work?
Just like your ERP, your consolidation system should have two sides. This is referred to as double entry logic. Double entry logic in the consolidation process eliminates the possibility of one-sided entries, which could compromise your financial statements down the line.
Double entry logic, for instance, can help intercompany eliminations in the case of an offsetting transaction by the counterpart so that your consolidation system reverses the entry to zero effect.
There are three types of intercompany eliminations:
- Intercompany debt: eliminates loans made between subsidiaries
- Intercompany revenue and expenses: eliminates sales between subsidiaries
- Intercompany stock ownership: eliminates ownership interest of the parent company in its subsidiaries.
How to improve intercompany eliminations
- Equip all subsidiaries and LoBS with a single system for consolidation, company-wide.
- Deploy a consolidation system that has double entry logic.
- Use a centralized cockpit to manage intercompany eliminations.