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ABSTRACT

The study is about the impact of financial reporting on financial performance of quoted companies in Nigeria. The essence of this research work is to determine the relationship between the quality of financial reporting and profit after tax, return on asset, and return on equity. Data collections were both form primary and secondary sources. The primary data was basically obtained by administration of questionnaire while that of secondary data was from annual reports of sampled/ selected quoted companies. The study adopted the survey research and cross sectional research design. The sampledcompanies were obtained by using the stratified sampling technique while the sample size was obtained using the proportional sampling technique, Also, 450 copies of a well-structured questionnaire were also distributed but only 350 were returned and analyzed. The variables considered in the study were financial reporting and financial performance, which were represented by quality of financial reporting, return on equity, return on asset and profit after tax. Two analytical methods were adopted for statistical analysis of the variables. Theyare descriptive and inferential statistics. Under descriptive statistics, variables were subjected to frequency and percentages. Data analyses werecarried out using SPSS version 20 and Eviews 7 statistical software, and the level of significance used to test the hypothesis was 5%. The findings show that there is a significant relationship between quality of financial reporting and profit after tax. It also establishes that quality of financial report has significant effect on return on asset. Based on these findings the study recommends that management of quoted organizations should ensure that they adopt best practices in financial reporting because there is direct relationship between quality of financial reporting and profit after tax, Also, quality of financial reporting has positive impact on return on asset of the quoted companies in Nigeria.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT………………………………………………………………………………..ii
ACKNOWLEDGMENT…………………………………………………………………..iii
DEDICATION……………………………………………………………………………..iv
CERTIFICATION………………………………………………………………………….v
TABLE OF CONTENTS…………………………………………………………………..vi
CHAPTER ONE…………………………………………………………………………… 1
INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………… 1
1.1 Background to the Study…………………………………………………… 1
1.2 Statement of the Problem………………………………………………… 3
1.3 Research Questions………………………………………………………… 4
1.4 Objectives of the Study…………………………………………………… 5
1.5 Research Hypotheses……………………………………………………… 5
1.6 Significance of the Study………………………………………………… 6
1.7 Scope of the Study………………………………………………………… 6
1.8 Operational Definition of Terms…………………………………………… 7
CHAPTER TWO………………………………………………………………………… 9
LITERATURE REVIEW………………………………………………………………… 9
2.1 Conceptual Review………………………………………………………… 9
2.1.1 Concept of Financial Reporting…………………………………………… 9
2.1.2 Concept of Reliability of Financial Reporting……………………………….10
2.1.3 Concept of profitability…………………………………………………….12
2.1.4 Controversial Issues in Financial Accounting Reporting…………………..14
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2.1.5 Financial Reporting Legal Framework…………………………………… 16
2.1.6 Measurement of Financial Reporting Quality Using Qualitative
Characteristics………………………………………………………………18
2.1.7 Measurement of Financial Performance………………….………….……..22
2.1.8 Goals and Objectives of Financial Reporting………………………………23
2.1.9 Importance of Financial Reporting…………………………………………24
2.1.10 The Nature and Scope of Financial Reporting………………………………25
2.2 THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK………………………………………… 28
2.2.1 Stewardship Theory………………………………………………………… 28
2.2.2 Stakeholders Theory………………………………………………………….29
2.2.3 Asymmetric Theory……….……………………………………………………30
2.2.4 Voluntary Disclosure Theory…………………………………………………30
2.2.5 Ethical Relativism Theory…………………………………………………..31
2.2.6 Resource Dependence Theory ………………………………………………32
2.3 Empirical Framework……………………………………………………… 33
2.3.1 Corporate Financial Disclosure in Nigeria………………………………… 33
2.3.2 Relationship of Financial Statement with Investment
Decision…………………………………………………… ………………35
2.3.3 Deliberate Disclosure and Investors Decision Making……………………..38
2.3.4 Quality in Financial Reporting………………………………………………40
2.3.5 Organizations Attributes and Reliability of Financial Reporting……………41
CHAPTER THREE…………………………………………………………………………44
METHODOLOGY…………………………………………………………………………44
3.1. Area of the Study…………………………………………………………………… 44
3.2. Research Design…………………………………………………………………… 44
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3.3. Population of the Study…………………………………………………………… 45
3.4 Sample size and Sampling Technique……………………………………………… 45
3.5. Study Variables……………………………………………………………………. 48
3.6 Method of Data Collection……………………………………………………………48
3.7 Method of Data Analysis………………………………………………………….. 50
3.8 Model Specification……………………………………………………………….. 50
CHAPTER FOUR………………………………………………………………………… 52
DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION…………………… 52
4.1 Data Presentation for Questions related with the Variable in the Hypotheses……..52
4.2 Frequency Table – Section A……………………………………………………… 53
4.3 Frequency Table – Section B……………………………………………………… 56
4.4 Frequency Table – Section C……………………………………………………… 58
4.5 Frequency Table – Section D……………………………………………………… 60
4.6 Frequency Table – Section E……………………………………………………… 62
4.7 Hypotheses Testing and Interpretation…………………………………………….. 64
Discussion of Findings…………………………………………………………………….. 74
CHAPTER FIVE…………………………………………………………………………. 76
SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION…………………………. 76
5.1 Summary………………………………………………………………………….. 76
5.2 Conclusion………………………………………………………………………… 77
5.3 Recommendations………………………………………………………………… 78
5.4 Contribution to Knowledge………………………………………………………. 78
5.5 Suggestion to further Studies……………………………………………………… 79
APPENDIX………………………………………………………………………………. 80

 

CHAPTER ONE

Background to the Study
Financial reporting is the communication of financial informationto various users of accounting information tomake an investment decision, obtaining credit facilities, and other financingdecisions(Wild, Shaw, &Chiappetta, 2009). Furthermore, most financial reportsin Nigeria are governed byregulations and standards from various recognised financial regulatory bodies such as the Securities TransactionCommission (SEC), the Financial AccountingReporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), Nigeria stock transactionto mention a few. Financialreports are formal andcomprehensivestatements describingfinancialactivities of a business organisation such as themanufacturing firm. It is also a statement that reports allrelevant financialinformation, presented in astructured manner and in a form easy to understandfor managerial use and for taking a prompt and informeddecision relating to investment (IASB, 2007).
The major relevance of the financial report to some users of financial statement is to provide information about the performance and changes in financial position of a firm.These users include managers, directors, employees, prospectiveinvestors, financial institutions, government
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regulatory agencies, media, vendors and the general public. Financialreports are often prepared according to national standards, corporate governance, professional ethics, and code of ethics to avoid financial reporting fraud and scandals that might hinder effective decision-making process by management and other users of reports. The financial reports comprises of balance sheet (now called statement of changes in financial position), profit and loss statement (now called statement of comprehensiveincome), statement of equity changes (Statement of changes in equity, the company’s equity), and cash flow statements (now referred to as statement of cash flow activities).
On the other hand, Finance is always being disregarded in financial decision-making since it involves investmentand financing in a short-term period. Furthermore, it also acts as a restrain in financial performance since it does not contribute to return on equity (Rafuse, 1996). A well- designed and implementedfinancial management is expected to contribute positively to the creation of a firm’s value(Padachi, 2006). The dilemma in financial management is to achieve the desired trade-offbetween liquidity, solvency and profitability (Lazaridis, 2006).The subject of corporate financialperformance has received significant attention from scholars in the various areas of business andstrategic management.
It has also been the primary concern of business practitioners in all typesof organisations since financial performance has implications to organisation’s health andultimately its long-term survival. High performance reflects management effectiveness, andefficiency in making use of company’s resources and this, in turn, contributes to the country’seconomy at large (Naser and Mokhtar, 2004). There have been various measures of financial performance. For example return on sales revealshow much a company earns in relation to its sales, return on assets determines an organisation’sefficiency in the ability to make use of its assets and return on
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equity reveal the return investorsexpect to earn on their investments. The advantages of financial measures are the simplicity ofcalculation and also that their definitions are agreed worldwide. Traditionally, the success of acompany has been evaluated by the use of financial measures (Tangen, 2003).

1.2 Statement of the Problem
Since the dramatic collapse of the Enron Corporation, an American company, in 2001, and the subsequent dissolution of Arthur Andersen, which was then one of the ‘’Big five’’, audit and accountancy firms around the world have been seen as laughable organization, because of their inconsistency in reporting and poorly structured accounting standard. In fact, according to Bratton (2002) Enron failure was seen as the biggest audit failure of all time. WorldCom another American company in telecommunication industry with over US$107 billion in assets, also suddenly collapsed just after one year (ie 2002) of the Enron misfortune. This financial scandals and the financial crunch facing the economy of most nations have resulted in increased attention to improve and enforce quality financial reporting practices worldwide in order to reform the global economy, which has made stock market regulatory body such as the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) to direct all companies that are quoted on the exchange to ensure they adopt the IFRSs (International Financial Reporting Standard) by December 2011 while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)has also directed Nigerian banks to adopt the IFRS by December 2010 (Egedegbe, 2009). But, despite all this financial regulation most quoted organization still evade this regulation through fraudulent mechanisms which involves them ensuring that the audited financials records sent to the central bank of Nigeria (CBN) are usually profit-oriented since it is the audited account that would be published and this often shows bogus profit in order to make them attractive to the capital market after a compromised approval have been obtained from the CBN. However, for the same accounting period, the audited account that would be forwarded to the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) would have a depleted deposit base for the bank to pay an inconsequential 1% insurance premium to NDIC. For the same accounting year too, the audited accounts that is sent to the Federal Inland Revenue Services (IFRS) would have a reduced profit so that these banks would not pay any corporate tax to the coffers of the Federal Government of Nigeria while at the same time concealing withholding tax and value added tax (VAT) deductions thereby defrauding the federal government of Nigeria of revenue due to her for economic development (Adeside,2008). This problem of this study is to examine why quoted organisations in Nigeria still involve themselves in sharp practices despite the sections and guidance put in place by various regulatory bodies in Nigeria. Existing studies on financial reporting(e.g. Ferdy, Geert, & Suzanne,2009; Mohammadi, 2014; Hassan,2013) only consider financial reporting, investment, and qualitative characteristic, none of these studies have considered how financial performance and quality financial reporting can affect the lack of compliance of quoted companies with guidance and sanctions put in place by financial regulatory bodies globally and locally.

1.3 Research Questions
– Is there any significant relationship between profit after tax and quality of financial reporting of quoted companies in Nigeria?
– To what extent does the quality of financial reporting have effect on the return on asset of quoted companies in Nigeria?
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– To what extent does financial reporting have any impact on return on equity of the quoted companies in Nigeria?
1.4 Objectives of the Study
The main objective of this study is to examine the impact of financial reporting on financial performance of quoted companies in Nigeria, while the specific objectives are to;
– determine the relationship between the quality of financial reporting and profit after tax of the quoted companies in Nigeria.
– ascertainthe effectof quality of financial reporting onreturn on asset of quoted companies in Nigeria.
– evaluatethe Impact of quality of financial reporting on return on equity of quoted companies in Nigeria.

1.5 Research Hypotheses
In order to achieve the objectives of this study the following null hypothesis wereformulated;
1 There is no significant relationship between the quality of financial reporting and profit after tax of the quoted companies in Nigeria.
2 Quality of financial reporting has no effect on return on asset of quoted companies in Nigeria.

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