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IFRS related party transactions disclosure and firm valuation in the United Arab Emirates emerging market

Walaa Wahid Elkelish (Department of Accounting, University of Sharjah , Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2042-1168

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between related party transactions disclosure (RPTD) and firm valuation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), an emerging market.

Design/methodology/approach

Data on study variables were obtained manually from the published financial statements of all listed companies in the stock market during the period 2008-2012. Panel regression analysis models with fixed and random effects were used to ensure reliability of results. Several robustness checks were undertaken on the study outcomes.

Findings

The empirical results show that there is a significant negative relationship between RPTD and firm valuation in the UAE. RPTDs for subsidiaries and associates have the most damaging impact on firm valuation. Other control variables such as corporate governance disclosure (CGD), debt to equity, asset tangibility and sales growth show significant impact on firm valuation.

Research limitations/implications

The potential difference in the understanding of what constitutes “related party” across companies may affect the extent of related party disclosure across companies. Furthermore, some variables are not controlled for such as ownership structure and cultural values.

Practical implications

This paper provides useful practical guidelines for regulatory agencies, corporate managers and other stakeholders for improving the financial reporting system.

Originality/value

RPTD was measured according to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IAS 24) standards. Furthermore, the impact of new control variables such as CGD and product market competition was tested for financial and non-financial sectors.

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Citation

Elkelish, W.W. (2017), "IFRS related party transactions disclosure and firm valuation in the United Arab Emirates emerging market", Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 173-189. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAEE-05-2015-0035

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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