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In distribution and assessment, you further allocate costs (or quantities for indirect activity allocations) collected on a cost center during the accounting period to receivers, according to user-defined keys. These are therefore indirect allocation methods, because the exchange of activity is not the basis for allocating costs/quantities. Instead, user-defined keys such as percentage rates, amounts, statistical key figures, or posted amounts provide the cost/quantity assignment basis.

The advantage of these methods is that they are easy to use. You usually define the keys and the sender/receiver relationships only once.

Distribution and assessment are used primarily for cost centers. This is because direct cost allocation is not possible here due to the variety of transactions, the lack of clearly defined individual activity types and the fact that the entry of the activity is too time-consuming. For example, the costs of the company cafeteria may be assigned based on the number of employees in each cost center. Telephone costs are seldom allocated directly to the individual cost centers, but are collected on a clearing cost center for each period. They are then repotted or distributed at the end of the period according to the number of telephone units or telephone installations in each cost center.


You carry out allocations at period end (during period-end closing) using predefined parameters (keys, sender-receiver relationships).

You can use different currencies for the periodic allocations. To do this, you must have selected All currencies during controlling area maintenance.

The currencies are converted using the translation rates you entered in Customizing when configuring the system(see also: Structure link Currencies).

The value date determines which currency translation rate is used for the currency conversion. If you do not enter a value date, the system estimates the most accurate translation rate for the period.


If you are working with transfer prices (parallel value flows) distribution and assessment are executed in parallel in all valuations. The costs to be allocated are taken from the corresponding valuation. The tracing factor is always taken from the operational valuation. The values allocated may differ in the different valuation methods.

Senders and receivers are displayed in the results list, differentiated according to the parallel actual versions of the various valuations.

For more information about transfer prices, see the SAP Library under Financials ® Enterprise Controlling ® Profit Center Accounting ® Transfer Prices (see: Structure link Transfer Prices) and Structure link multiple valuations.





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