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Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) Intangible Assets

: $33,683 Mil (As of Dec. 2023)
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Intangible assets are defined as identifiable non-monetary assets that cannot be seen, touched or physically measured. Wells Fargo's intangible assets for the quarter that ended in Dec. 2023 was $33,683 Mil.


Wells Fargo Intangible Assets Historical Data

The historical data trend for Wells Fargo's Intangible Assets can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

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Wells Fargo Annual Data
Trend Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21 Dec22 Dec23
Intangible Assets
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 39,760.00 34,157.00 33,580.00 35,653.00 33,683.00

Wells Fargo Quarterly Data
Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23 Dec23
Intangible Assets Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 35,653.00 35,262.00 34,665.00 34,832.00 33,683.00

Wells Fargo Intangible Assets Calculation

Intangible assets are defined as identifiable non-monetary assets that cannot be seen, touched or physically measured. Examples of intangible assets include trade secrets, copyrights, patents, trademarks. If a company acquires assets at the prices above the book value, it may carry goodwill on its balance sheet. Goodwill reflects the difference between the price the company paid and the book value of the assets.


Wells Fargo  (NYSE:WFC) Intangible Assets Explanation

If a company (company A) received a patent through their own work, though it has value, it does not show up on its balance sheet as an intangible asset. However, if company A sells this patent to company B, it will show up on company B's balance sheet as an intangible asset.

The same applies to brand names, trade secrets etc. For instance, Coca-Cola's brand is extremely valuable, but the brand does not appear on its balance sheet, because the brand was never acquired.

Some intangibles are amortized. Amortization is the depreciation of intangible assets.

Many intangibles are not amortized. They may still be written down when the company decides the asset is impaired.

Whenever you see an increase in goodwill over a number of years, you can assume it's because the company is out buying other businesses above book value. GOOD if buying businesses with durable competitive advantage.

If goodwill stays the same, the company when acquiring other companies is either paying less than book value or not acquiring. Businesses with moats never sell for less than book value.

Intangibles acquired are on balance sheet at fair value.

Internally developed brand names (Coke, Wrigleys, Band-Aid) however are not reflected on the balance sheet.

One of the reasons competitive advantage power can remain hidden for so long.


Be Aware

Companies may change the way intangible assets are amortized, and this will affect their reported earnings.


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Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) Business Description

Address
420 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, 94104
Wells Fargo is one of the largest banks in the United States, with approximately $1.9 trillion in balance sheet assets. The company has four primary segments: consumer banking, commercial banking, corporate and investment banking, and wealth and investment management. It is almost entirely focused on the U.S.
Executives
Richard K Davis director 800 NICOLLET MALL, MINNEAPOLIS MN 55402
Thomas R Nides officer: Vice Chairman C/O WELLS FARGO & COMPANY, 420 MONTGOMERY STREET, SAN FRANCISCO CA 94104
Tracy M Kerrins officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 300 S BREVARD STREET, CHARLOTTE NC 28202
Kyle G Hranicky officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 1000 LOUISIANA STREET, HOUSTON TX 77002
Felicia F Norwood director 120 MONUMENT CIRCLE, INDIANAPOLIS IN 46204
Kleber Santos officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 1680 CAPITAL ONE DRIVE, MCLEAN VA 22102
Ellen R Patterson officer: Sr. EVP and General Counsel 30 HUDSON YARDS, NEW YORK NY 10001
Kristy Fercho officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 5151 CORPORATE DRIVE, TROY MI 48098
Cecelia Morken director 26025 MUREAU ROAD, CALABASAS CA 91302
Beurden Saul Van officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 150 EAST 42ND STREET, NEW YORK NY 10017
Bei Ling officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 30 HUDSON YARDS, NEW YORK NY 10001
Ather Iii Williams officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 30 HUDSON YARDS, NEW YORK NY 10001
Michael P. Santomassimo officer: Sr. EVP & CFO 225 LIBERTY STREET, NEW YORK NY 10286
Mark A Chancy director 303 PEACHTREE ST., 30TH FLOOR, ATLANTA GA 30308
Lester Owens officer: Sr. Executive Vice President 240 GREENWICH STREET, NEW YORK NY 10286