The Effect of SFAS No. 141 on the Transparency of Business Combination Reporting: Evidence from the Initial Year of Implementation

48 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2006

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Natalia M. Mintchik

University of Cincinnati - Department of Accounting

Date Written: March 2006

Abstract

This study examines the impact of SFAS No.141 on business combination reporting. Specifically, I predict smaller analysts' earnings forecast errors as a result of elimination of pooling and more informative disclosures for merging firms after the adoption of SFAS No. 141. I restrict my post-SFAS 141 sample to the initial year of SFAS 141 implementation. Such research design provides the unique opportunity to disentangle effects of SFAS No. 141 from simultaneously adopted SFAS No. 142 due to specific accounting treatment for goodwill impairment during this period. Overall, results from this study are consistent with expectations and provide evidence that SFAS No. 141 increased financial reporting transparency after mergers. However, this improvement in financial reporting transparency more likely follows from the extended disclosure requirements and the other required changes in purchase method than from the longly debated elimination of pooling.

Keywords: Analysts' forecast accuracy, mergers, acquisitions, SFAS 141, FASB, business combinations reporting, pooling, financial reporting transparency

JEL Classification: M41, M44, M45, G29

Suggested Citation

Mintchik, Natalia M., The Effect of SFAS No. 141 on the Transparency of Business Combination Reporting: Evidence from the Initial Year of Implementation (March 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=889729 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.889729

Natalia M. Mintchik (Contact Author)

University of Cincinnati - Department of Accounting ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45221-0211
United States

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