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dc.contributor.authorLin, Steve
dc.contributor.authorRamond, Olivier
dc.subjectcomprehensive incomeen
dc.subjectperformance reportingen
dc.titleUsefulness and relevance of reporting comprehensive income under international GAAPs: Insights from major European financial marketsen
dc.typeCommunication / Conférence
dc.description.abstractenThis study investigates the extent to which three key summary accounting income figures, namely operating income, net income and comprehensive income, provide value-relevant information to investors in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. Using a large sample over the pre-IAS-compliance period 1992-2004, we find that all these three accounting income measures are statistically associated with share returns in any of the countries under analysis although our results show some disparities in the degree of ‘usefulness’ across country samples. Our main results are then threefold. We first provide evidence that comprehensive income is less value-relevant than both the bottom-line and operating income figures in all the sample countries. Second, our results show that aggregate other comprehensive income (or dirty surplus flow) is value-relevant and provides incremental price-relevant information beyond net income in most of the sample countries. This finding is rather different from the existing literature based in the US and UK that suggests other comprehensive income is generally not value-relevant especially when it is not separately disclosed in financial statements. Finally, we find that increased transparency on reporting other comprehensive income in financial statements as required by the UK (FRS3) and US (SFAS130) accounting standards may have warranted a stronger statistical association between firm share returns and comprehensive income. This last finding therefore strongly supports the ideology underlying the IASB/FASB joint project on ‘Performance Reporting’, and also provides evidence supporting Beaver’s (1981) and Hirst and Hopkins’ (1998) psychology-based financial reporting theory.en
dc.subject.ddclabelContrôle de gestion Comptabilitéen
dc.relation.conftitleAmerican Accounting Association, International Accounting Section (IAS) Mid-Year Conferenceen

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