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Minority interest in business is an accounting concept that refers to the portion of a subsidiary corporation's stock that is not owned by the parent corporation. The magnitude of the minority interest in the subsidiary company is always less than 50% of outstanding shares, else the corporation would cease to be a subsidiary of the parent.[1] Minority interest belongs to other investors and is reported on the consolidated balance sheet of the owning company to reflect the claim on assets belonging to other, non-controlling shareholders. Also, minority interest is reported on the consolidated income statement as a share of profit belonging to minority shareholders.

Minority interest is an integral part of the enterprise value of a company. The converse concept is an associate company.

Under IFRS and US GAAP, the minority interest is reported in the equity section of the consolidated balance sheet.

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  1. ^ http://www.groco.com/readingroom/bus_dloc_mid.aspx The Minority Interest Discount
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