The effect of corporate governance on earnings management around UK rights issues

Iqbal, A. and Strong, N. (2010) The effect of corporate governance on earnings management around UK rights issues. International Journal of Managerial Finance, 6 (3). pp. 168-189. ISSN 1743-9132. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to investigate the relation between corporate governance and earnings management around UK rights issues. Design/methodology/approach – The paper examines the effect of board structure, ownership structure, adviser structure, and capital structure on discretionary current accruals – a proxy for earnings management – for a sample of size-controlled rights issuers. Rights issues are chosen as a context in which firms have particular incentives to manage earnings. Findings – The results suggest that firms with higher debt to equity ratios, with lower proportions of non-executive directors, or with no large block owner, are more likely to use discretionary current accruals to manipulate earnings around rights issues. Research limitations/implications – Similar research can be conducted around other equity issuing methods such as open offers and around other major corporate events such as initial public offerings. Practical implications – The paper's evidence contributes to an understanding of corporate governance and has practical implications for stakeholders. It suggests that investors can rely more on the financial disclosures of firms with lower debt to equity ratios, higher proportions of outside directors, and with a large blockholder. Regulators may propose that firms undertaking corporate events such as equity offerings should follow best corporate governance practices to enhance investor confidence. Originality/value – This study is the first to investigate the corporate governance mechanisms in place to check opportunistic earnings management around specific corporate events for the UK market.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Rebecca Stevenson
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2009 10:33
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2012 11:13
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23521 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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