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ASSET REVALUATIONS AND EARNINGS MANAGEMENT: EVIDENCE FROM AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES

Fang Hu, Majella Percy, Daifei Yao

DOI: 10.22495/cocv13i1c11p1

Abstract

This paper examines the association between asset revaluations and discretionary accruals (a proxy for earnings management) using a sample of the largest 300 Australian companies. The results from this study indicate that the revaluation of non-current assets is positively associated with discretionary accruals. This finding is consistent with the argument that revaluation of assets reflects higher agency problems in the form of increased earnings management. Additional findings are that discretionary accruals are higher for firms reporting their non-current assets at fair values appraised by directors, than those of firms that use external appraisers. As well, the choice of auditors and the strength of corporate governance can constrain the opportunistic behaviour of managers in the accounting choice to revalue non-current assets.

Keywords: Asset Revaluation, Fair Value, Earnings Management, Accounting Choice, Fair Value Hierarchy

How to cite this paper: Hu, F., Percy, M., & Yao, D. (2015). Asset revaluations and earnings management: Evidence from Australian companies. Corporate Ownership & Control, 13(1-11), 1287-1296. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/cocv13i1c11p1

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