Amortisation Versus Impairment of Goodwill and Accounting Quality

International Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 93-118

26 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2012  

Georgios Georgakopoulos

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Paul Van Hulzen

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Laura Alfonso

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Ioannis Sotiropoulos

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Date Written: January 3, 2012

Abstract

In this paper there has been made a comparison between the amortisation and the impairment methods for accounting for goodwill, with regards to their associated effects on accounting quality. Based on two qualitative characteristics of accounting information, as formulated by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the effects of the new impairment method are examined using a value relevance and a timeliness model. The sample consists of European companies that adopted this new method of goodwill accounting, following the required adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in 2005. The results indicate that impairment of goodwill is actually less value relevant than amortisation, but that it does lead to more timely accounting information. It is concluded that the objective of the IASB in issuing a new accounting standard is not completely met and it only partially contributes to higher accounting quality.

Keywords: Amortisation, impairment, goodwill, value relevance, timeliness

JEL Classification: M21, M41, M48

Suggested Citation

Georgakopoulos, Georgios and Van Hulzen, Paul and Alfonso, Laura and Sotiropoulos, Ioannis, Amortisation Versus Impairment of Goodwill and Accounting Quality (January 3, 2012). International Journal of Economic Sciences and Applied Research, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 93-118. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1978895

Georgios Georgakopoulos (Contact Author)

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Paul Van Hulzen

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Laura Alfonso

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Ioannis Sotiropoulos

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