Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun accounting An adjustment; a precise amount adjusted by an act of writing down or entering an asset and its value; a reduction of an asset, written down or otherwise recorded as such.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From write + down.

Examples

  • It's also -- a writedown is the reduction in the value of your assets.

    CNN Transcript Jan 15, 2008

  • A writedown is a reduction in the stated value of a business asset to reflect its current market value.

    Market News

  • The other major contributor to the writedown was a decline in the Brick Group's market capitalization, which has remained below the carrying value of the group's net assets.

    Furniture Today Business News

  • And while the writedown is a tacit acknowledgement that Alcatel overpaid for some Lucent assets, Verwaayen says cleaning up the balance sheets will help the company as it reorganizes and refocuses its strategy.

    BusinessWeek.com --

  • Health care would not have had any effect on "your company" yet, or most likely ever, that would cause a "writedown" whatever the hell you mean by that.

    Obama jokes that pundits would make lousy farmers

  • Wall Street Journal, has to do with the corporate "writedown" problem.

    Political Animal

  • "A&E thought it would put them on the map, but ultimately they had to take some kind of writedown on it," says one source.

    B&C - Advertising News

  • The Company anticipates that it will have a $240 million non-cash fair value pre-tax gain on the Company's derivative commodity contracts during the fourth quarter, partially offset by an anticipated full cost pool ceiling test writedown which is currently expected to be less than $150 million.

    GuruFocus Updates

  • E thought it would put them on the map, but ultimately they had to take some kind of writedown on it," says one source.

    BN - Broadcast Newsroom-news

  • E thought it would put them on the map, but ultimately they had to take some kind of writedown on it," says one source.

    C - Advertising News

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.