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International financial reporting standards and SMEs: the effects on firm rating according to Basel II

International financial reporting standards and SMEs: the effects on firm rating according to... The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential impact of IFRS on SMEs’ annual reporting, considering in particular: 1) the evaluation of their financial performance; 2) their creditworthiness and rating, according to Basel II. In the literature, little attention has been paid to the specific influence of IFRS on firm rating. The empirical evidence reported in this paper demonstrates the potentially important effect on the previous two issues. Accordingly, this research raises some strategic issues for individual firms and banks, as well as for the entire economic system. In fact, the current worldwide economic crisis highlights the perils of alternative sets of standards characterised by a different extent of conservatism. The paper describes the results of a multiple-case study, involving 11 firms and an Italian bank. The empirical evidence highlights the differences in these firms’ ratings, implementing alternatively the Italian or the IFRS model. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation Inderscience Publishers

International financial reporting standards and SMEs: the effects on firm rating according to Basel II

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Inderscience Publishers
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Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1740-8008
eISSN
1740-8016
DOI
10.1504/IJAAPE.2014.059182
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the potential impact of IFRS on SMEs’ annual reporting, considering in particular: 1) the evaluation of their financial performance; 2) their creditworthiness and rating, according to Basel II. In the literature, little attention has been paid to the specific influence of IFRS on firm rating. The empirical evidence reported in this paper demonstrates the potentially important effect on the previous two issues. Accordingly, this research raises some strategic issues for individual firms and banks, as well as for the entire economic system. In fact, the current worldwide economic crisis highlights the perils of alternative sets of standards characterised by a different extent of conservatism. The paper describes the results of a multiple-case study, involving 11 firms and an Italian bank. The empirical evidence highlights the differences in these firms’ ratings, implementing alternatively the Italian or the IFRS model.

Journal

International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance EvaluationInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2014

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