The Role of Assurance in Equity Crowdfunding
62 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2019 Last revised: 27 Jan 2021
Date Written: January 26, 2021
The SEC requires equity crowdfunding (ECF) companies to provide assured financial statements. Assurance can be provided with certification by management or an audit or review by an independent accountant. We utilize the ECF setting to examine whether voluntary assurance facilitates capital formation. We find that companies that provide either reviewed or audited financial statements during a capital campaign are marginally more likely to raise their target capital. They also raise more funds and attract more investors relative to companies that only provide management-certified financial statements. However, relative to reviews, audits are not associated with a greater likelihood of success in an ECF offering other than attracting more investors. Finally, we find that assurance is indirectly associated with a company’s post-ECF survival and its ability to raise future capital. This suggests that assurance at the time of ECF has implications for a company’s success beyond ECF.
Keywords: equity crowdfunding, assurance, audit, reviews
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