GURUFOCUS.COM » STOCK LIST » Healthcare » Drug Manufacturers » Merck & Co Inc (NYSE:MRK) » Definitions » Intangible Assets

Merck (MRK) Intangible Assets : $38,753 Mil (As of Mar. 2024)


View and export this data going back to 1949. Start your Free Trial

What is Merck Intangible Assets?

Intangible assets are defined as identifiable non-monetary assets that cannot be seen, touched or physically measured. Merck's intangible assets for the quarter that ended in Mar. 2024 was $38,753 Mil.


Merck Intangible Assets Historical Data

The historical data trend for Merck'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.

* Premium members only.

Merck Intangible Assets Chart

Merck Annual Data
Trend Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20 Dec21 Dec22 Dec23
Intangible Assets
Get a 7-Day Free Trial Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 33,621.00 32,983.00 44,197.00 41,473.00 39,208.00

Merck Quarterly Data
Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21 Sep21 Dec21 Mar22 Jun22 Sep22 Dec22 Mar23 Jun23 Sep23 Dec23 Mar24
Intangible Assets Get a 7-Day Free Trial 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 41,066.00 40,860.00 40,382.00 39,208.00 38,753.00

Merck 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.


Merck  (NYSE:MRK) 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.


Merck Intangible Assets Related Terms

Thank you for viewing the detailed overview of Merck's Intangible Assets provided by GuruFocus.com. Please click on the following links to see related term pages.


Merck (MRK) Business Description

Address
126 East Lincoln Avenue, Rahway, NJ, USA, 07065
Merck makes pharmaceutical products to treat several conditions in a number of therapeutic areas, including cardiometabolic disease, cancer, and infections. Within cancer, the firm's immuno-oncology platform is growing as a major contributor to overall sales. The company also has a substantial vaccine business, with treatments to prevent pediatric diseases as well as human papillomavirus, or HPV. Additionally, Merck sells animal health-related drugs. From a geographical perspective, just under half of the company's sales are generated in the United States.
Executives
Johannes Jacobus Oosthuizen officer: SVP, U.S. Market 2000 GALLOPING HILL RD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Richard R. Deluca officer: EVP&Pres, Merck Animal Heallth 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Steven Mizell officer: EVP,Human Resources 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Joseph Romanelli officer: President, Human Health Int?l 126 EAST LINCOLN AVENUE, RAHWAY NJ 07065
Rita A Karachun officer: Sr. VP Fince-Global Controller 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Jennifer Zachary officer: EVP, General Counsel 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
David Michael Williams officer: EVP,Chief Info&Digital Officer MERCK & CO., INC., 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Robert M Davis officer: Evp, Global Svcs & CFO 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Sanat Chattopadhyay officer: Exe V-P & Pres. MMD 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Kenneth C Frazier officer: Chairman, President & CEO 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Chirfi Guindo officer: Chief Marketing Officer C/O BIOGEN INC., 225 BINNEY ST., CAMBRIDGE MA 02142
Baker Douglas M Jr director 370 WBASHA ST NORTH, ST PAUL MN 55102
Arpa Garay officer: SVP Human Health Global Mktg. 2000 GALLOPING HILL RD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Caroline Litchfield officer: EVP & CFO 2000 GALLOPING HILL RD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033
Julie L. Gerberding officer: EVP Strat Comm, GI Pub Policy 2000 GALLOPING HILL ROAD, KENILWORTH NJ 07033

Merck (MRK) Headlines

From GuruFocus

Merck & Co Inc at Citi BioPharma Conference Transcript

By GuruFocus Research 01-23-2024

Q2 2022 Merck & Co Inc Earnings Call Transcript

By GuruFocus Research 01-23-2024

Merck & Co Inc at ASCO Annual Meeting Transcript

By GuruFocus Research 01-23-2024

Q3 2022 Merck & Co Inc Earnings Call Transcript

By GuruFocus Research 01-23-2024

Merck Announces Second-Quarter 2024 Dividend

By Business Wire 01-23-2024

Merck & Co Inc at UBS BioPharma Conference Transcript

By GuruFocus Research 01-23-2024