IFRS Compliance in the Year of the Pig: The Practice of Goodwill Impairment Testing Among Large Hong Kong Firms During 2007
24 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 14, 2010
Several studies have suggested that the adoption of IFRS can enhance the quality of financial reports, in turn improving their reliability and usefulness (Wyatt, 2005; Barth et al., 2008). However, such studies generally assume that the introduction of IFRS guarantees consistency and compliance in practice. Given that goodwill impairment testing under IFRS presents a technically challenging task (Hoogendoorn, 2006; Wines et al., 2007) that can materially impact the determination of economic profit, this study focuses on assessing the compliance quality of a large sample of Hong Kong firms that are mature IFRS adopters. By examining the detailed disclosures made by 264 large listed firms in 2007, three years after Hong Kong’s adoption of IFRS, an alarmingly high rate of non compliance with HKAS 36 still exists among these goodwill-intensive firms, casting doubts over the hypothesis that lax compliance is a characteristic associated solely with early adoption.
Keywords: Goodwill, Impairment, IFRS, HKAS 36, Hong Kong
JEL Classification: M40, M41
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