Financial Reporting Quality and Shareholders’ Wealth Maximization: Evidence from listed Companies in Nigeria (Published)
A primary objective of shareholders’ equity investment is the expected returns. The level of returns depends largely on the operational and managerial competences and effectiveness of the managers as reflected in reported financial statements. However, the quality of financial reporting in some cases appears to be questionable. Consequent to this, this study investigated the effect of financial reporting quality on shareholders’ wealth maximization. The study population consisted of 173 listed companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, from which a sample of 10 companies were purposively selected based on the availability of complete and relevant data for a period of 10 years (2008-2017). Data were extracted from the published financial statements of the companies selected, while descriptive and panel data regression analyses were employed. The validity and reliability of the data were anchored on external auditors’ certification of the financial statements in line with statutory requirements. The study found that Shareholders’ wealth maximization was positively affected by the financial reporting quality (AdjR2 = 0.170; F(2, 98) = 41.96; p = 0.000). The individual effects of Earnings persistence (EPES) and Earnings smoothness (ESM) on Shareholder’s wealth maximization (SHWM) were negative and statistically insignificant (β = -0.044; t(100) = -0.483 ; p = 0.629; and β = -0.038; t(100) = -0.460; p = 0.645) respectively. The study recommended that managers should exercise high level of competence and effectiveness in managing the shareholder’s equity to ensure robust returns since this is key in attracting equity investments.
Financial Reporting Quality and Its Effect on Investment Decisions by Nigerian Deposit Money Banks (Published)
The study investigated the effects of financial reporting quality on investment decision making by Deposit Money Banks in reference to Zenith Bank Plc, Nigeria. Data obtained from the audited annual reports of Zenith Bank Plc that covered period of 2009 – 2016.The study utilised both Descriptive and Ordinary Least Square Regression method with the aid of using E-view 9 to analyse the data. The findings showed that, there was a significant effect of variables of (Financial Reporting Quality FRQ measures as profit after tax, cash used in/ from investing and cash and cash equivalent) on investment. The result also shows that, Financial Reporting Quality has significantly influenced on investment of Deposit Money Banks with (R2 = 0.98; P <0.05). The study concluded that, higher financial reporting quality increases investment decision by Deposit Money Banks in Nigeria.
Effect of Auditor and Internal Control Competence Apparatus for Local Government Quality of Financial Reporting (Published)
The purpose of this study was to measure and demonstrate empirically the effect of Internal Control Auditor and Competence Regional Government Agencies, either partially or jointly on the Quality of Financial Reporting to the Regional Work Units in the Regional Government of Bekasi Regency which consists of agencies, agencies and Regional Inspectorate. The research approach is survey and descriptive research, quantitative and associative causal. Analysis and hypothesis testing using multiple regression analysis first order confirmation Factor Analysis, Factor Analysis second order confirmation and estimated using structural equation modeling (SEM). The findings of this study indicate that either partially or jointly Internal Control Auditor and Regional Government Agencies Competence proved positive and significant effect on the Quality of Financial Reporting. Dimensions or factors Internal Control Auditor dominant Objectivity Internal Auditor; dimension or competence factor Regional Government Agencies dominant skills, while the dimensions or factors Quality of Financial Reporting dominant Reliability.