The Extent of Segmental Reporting and its Value Relevance: Cross-Country Evidence

Ghassan H. Mardini (Lead / Corresponding author), Yasean Tahat, David M. Power

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    Abstract

    Purpose: The current study examines the extent of segmental reporting disclosure and its value relevance to a sample of Qatari and Jordanian listed companies following the implementation review of the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 8. This was the first standard to be subjected to a post-implementation review. Annual reports are initially analysed to investigate the level of segmental information that was published by companies in these two countries.

    Methodology: Using the Ohlson (1995) model, the study employs regression analysis to test hypotheses relating to the value relevance of the segmental disclosures uncovered. In addition, One-Way ANOVA and Kruskal-Wallis tests are used to investigate any variation in segmental reporting among sectors.

    Findings: The findings indicate that the amount of segmental information disclosed by the sample firms differs across sectors. Moreover, the segmental information provided (including the number of segments and the amounts of disclosure) is value relevant and can explain variations in firms’ share prices.

    Practical Implications: The results of the current investigation have implications for policy makers, including the IASB, as well as for accounting regulators in Jordan and Qatar. They suggest that the segmental disclosures supplied under IFRS 8 are value relevant for equity prices in a developing country context. Compliance with IFRS 8 should thus be monitored to ensure that all firms provide the segmental disclosures that they are meant to supply under the terms of the standard.

    Originality/Value: This paper is one of the few to provide empirical evidence on the role of segmental reporting following the post implementation review that was conducted for IFRS 8.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)279-299
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Accounting in Emerging Economies
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

    • IFRS 8
    • Value Relevance
    • Emerging Economies
    • Cross-Country
    • Segments
    • Segmental Reporting

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