IFRS and European commerical banks: value relevance and economic consequences

Dimos, Athanasios (2011). IFRS and European commerical banks: value relevance and economic consequences. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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2005 was a landmark year in the European Union’s (EU) financial reporting history as all EU listed firms were required to switch from national accounting standards to IFRS. Using a sample of European commercial banks, this study explores two research questions within the framework of equity valuation theory: (i) whether the disclosed fair value estimates of loans and advances; held-to-maturity investments; deposits; and other debt, as well as the recognition of derivatives at fair value, are value relevant, (ii) whether the adoption of IFRS led to a reduction in European banks’ cost of equity capital.

The results show that the fair value of loans and advances and other debt are value relevant as is the recognition of derivatives at fair value. Further analysis revealed that the relevance of fair value of loans and derivatives is contingent on banks’ financial health and earnings variability, respectively, as well as on the ability of countries to enforce IFRS. The findings also indicate that the cost of equity capital of European commercial banks decreased after the adoption of IFRS. However, banks domiciled in countries with continental accounting standards and weak enforcement rules experienced a greater reduction in their cost of equity capital.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: Birmingham Business School
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/2890


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