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Transparent financial disclosure and SFAS No. 142

Suzanne Sevin (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
Richard Schroeder (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
Sak Bhamornsiri (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)

Managerial Auditing Journal

ISSN: 0268-6902

Article publication date: 31 July 2007

Abstract

Purpose

This paper seeks to examine whether companies are providing transparent financial disclosures in compiling with the provisions of SFAS No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”, and to determine whether the adequacy of these disclosures is impacted by firm size.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a random sample of companies that reported goodwill impairments for the first year of adoption of SFAS No. 142. The firms were then stratified into three groups according to asset size. Subsequent analysis consisted of assessing the financial transparency of companies' goodwill reporting practices in total and by firm size, utilizing an approach suggested in Adams.

Findings

The study's findings suggest that many companies are not willing to provide additional voluntary disclosures to improve financial transparency, despite having the necessary information easily accessible. It also found that compliance with the provisions of SFAS 142 was sporadic and unpredictable.

Originality/value

This study provides evidence that companies are not providing transparent financial information.

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Citation

Sevin, S., Schroeder, R. and Bhamornsiri, S. (2007), "Transparent financial disclosure and SFAS No. 142", Managerial Auditing Journal, Vol. 22 No. 7, pp. 674-687. https://doi.org/10.1108/02686900710772582

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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