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Do IFRS Provide Better Information about Intangibles in Europe ?

Sandrine Boulerne

University Francois Rabelais-Vallorem

Jean-Michel Sahut

IPAG Business School

Frederic Teulon


February 7, 2011

Review of Accounting and Finance, Vol.10, N°3, 2011

IAS/IFRS are presumed to provide more uniform and value-relevant information that better reflects a company’s financial situation and assets and, in particular, provides greater transparency in the area of intangible assets. In this paper, we study the information content of these assets under IAS/IFRS (from 2005 to 2007) when compared to Local GAAP (from 2002 to 2004) for European listed companies. Test results suggest that the book value of other intangible assets of European listed firms is higher under IFRS than Local GAAP and has more informative value for explaining the price of the share and stock market returns. European investors, however, consider the financial information conveyed by capitalized goodwill to be less relevant under IFRS standards than with Local GAAP. Thus, identified intangible assets capitalized on European company balance sheets provide more value-relevant information for shareholders than unidentified intangible assets that have been transferred into goodwill, with the exception of Italian and Finnish investors. So, the results show that low national differences persist despite the use of common accounting standards.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: IFRS, IAS, GAAP, intangible asset, goodwill, performance, return

JEL Classification: M41, G12, G31

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Date posted: February 8, 2011 ; Last revised: April 13, 2012

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Boulerne, Sandrine and Sahut, Jean-Michel and Teulon, Frederic, Do IFRS Provide Better Information about Intangibles in Europe ? (February 7, 2011). Review of Accounting and Finance, Vol.10, N°3, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1756578

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Sandrine Boulerne
University Francois Rabelais-Vallorem ( email )
50 avenue Portalis
HOME PAGE: http://droit.univ-tours.fr/
Jean-Michel Sahut (Contact Author)
IPAG Business School ( email )
184 BD Saint Germain
Paris, 75006
Frederic Teulon
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