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Question 11BE

Intermediate Accounting (Kieso)
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Short Answer

Cole Inc. owns shares of Marlin Corporation stock. At December 31, 2017, the securities were carried in Cole’s accounting records at their cost of $875,000, which equals their fair value. On September 21, 2018, when the fair value of the securities was $1,200,000, Cole declared a property dividend whereby the Marlin securities are to be distributed on October 23, 2018, to stockholders of record on October 8, 2018. Prepare all journal entries necessary on those three dates.

The Equity investment should be credited by $1,200,000.

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Meaning of Dividend

Shareholders who own stock in a company are eligible for dividends from the profit made by the company. The dividend amount depends upon the number and type of share a shareholder owns.

Preparing Journal Entries




Debit $

Credit $

September 21

Equity Investment A/c


Unrealized holding Gain or Loss income

($1,200,000-$875,000) A/c.


To record the issue of equity investment

Retained Earnings A/c.


Property Dividends Payable


To record the payment of dividend

October 08

No Entry

October 23

Property Dividends payable A/c.


Equity Investments A/c.


To record the payment of dividend

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