P9-31A Accounting for intangibles

Midland Telecom provides communication services in Iowa, Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Montana. Midland purchased goodwill as part of the acquisition of Shipley Wireless Company, which had the following figures:

Book value of assets


Market value of assets


less Liabilities



1. Journalize the entry to record Midland’s purchase of Shipley Wireless for $320,000 cash plus a $480,000 note payable.

2. What special asset does Midland’s acquisition of Shipley Wireless identify? How should Midland Telecom account for this asset after acquiring Shipley Wireless? Explain in detail.