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What Determines Goodwill Impairment?


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  • Arnt Verriest
  • Ann Gaeremynck
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    This study investigates determinants of goodwill impairment decisions and their disclosure quality. Under IAS36 goodwill is subject to an annual impairment test in which the carrying amount of goodwill is not allowed to exceed the recoverable amount. However, valuing this recoverable amount is subject to substantial managerial discretion. Therefore, we predict that ownership concentration, corporate governance quality and firm performance provide incentives for managers to engage in goodwill impairment or not, and thus determine financial reporting quality. We construct a sample of firms that should engage in goodwill impairment. Our results convey that better performing firms and firms with stronger corporate governance mechanisms are more likely to impair. Further, ownership structure and governance have a weak impact on the degree of impairment disclosure.

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    Article provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen in its journal Review of Business and Economics.

    Volume (Year): LIV (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 106-128

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    Handle: RePEc:ete:revbec:20090201

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