The Value Relevance of Direct Cash Flows under International Financial Reporting Standards
Clacher, I., Duboisée de Ricquebourg, A. & Hodgson, A. 2013. The Value Relevance of Direct Cash Flows under International Financial Reporting Standards. Abacus, 49, 367-395.
Posted: 5 Oct 2011 Last revised: 20 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 19, 2013
This study examines if there has been a change in the value relevance of direct cash flow components since the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Australia. Our results show that for both industrial and extractive firms direct cash flow statements are value relevant under Australian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (AGAAP) and remain so after the adoption of IFRS. In addition, for industrial firms there is a significant increase in the value relevance of direct cash flows after IFRS, along with an increase in the value relevance of accruals. These results are consistent with the proposition that direct cash flows play a reinforcing role that complements the more complex IFRS accounts. Consequently, if the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) were to mandate direct cash flow statements it would, in all likelihood, provide users of accounts with a valuable incremental source of hard transaction information.
Keywords: Cash flows and International Financial Reporting Standards, Direct cash flow method, IFRS cash flow value relevance
JEL Classification: G14, M40, M41
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