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Integrated reporting, financial reporting quality and cost of debt

Mohammad Badrul Muttakin (Department of Accounting, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Dessalegn Mihret (School of Accounting, College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Tesfaye Taddese Lemma (Department of Accounting, College of Business and Economics, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA)
Arifur Khan (Department of Accounting, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)

International Journal of Accounting & Information Management

ISSN: 1834-7649

Article publication date: 26 February 2020

Issue publication date: 18 June 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

Although proponents of integrated reporting (IR) advocate that this emerging practice has the potential to transform corporate reporting, the eventuation of this expectation would depend on the incentive IR provides to firms. This study aims to examine whether IR is associated with cost of debt and whether IR moderates the relationship between financial reporting quality and cost of debt.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on insights drawn from information asymmetry and agency theories, the authors develop models that link IR and financial reporting quality with a firm’s cost of debt. The authors analyze 847 firm-year observations drawn from non-financial firms traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, for the period between 2009 and 2015.

Findings

The authors find that firms that provide integrated reports tend to have a lower cost of debt than those do not provide IR. The authors also find an inverse association between financial reporting quality and cost of debt, and that integrated reports accentuate this association. The findings suggest that the debt market perceives value in the information presented in integrated reports beyond what is furnished in financial reports.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is the first to document evidence suggesting that the debt market perceives value in the information presented in integrated reports, beyond what is furnished in financial reports.

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Citation

Muttakin, M.B., Mihret, D., Lemma, T.T. and Khan, A. (2020), "Integrated reporting, financial reporting quality and cost of debt", International Journal of Accounting & Information Management, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 517-534. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJAIM-10-2019-0124

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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