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5. Distributable profit 

In the context of the accounting legislation reform process described above, the rules for distributing company profit contained in Article 273 of the Revised Corporate Enterprises Law have been amended, and, in general terms, currently provide that:

  • The profit taken directly to equity may not be distributed either directly or indirectly.  
  • Any distribution of profit is prohibited unless the amount of unrestricted reserves is at least equal to the amount of research and development expenditure that appears on the asset side of the balance sheet.
  • It should be noted that with the entry into force of the new LAC, the obligation to set up a restricted reserve equal to the goodwill recognized under assets has been eliminated.