Complimentary Narrative Commentaries of Statutory Accounts in the Annual Reports of UK Listed Companies.

Tauringana, V. and Mangena, M., 2006. Complimentary Narrative Commentaries of Statutory Accounts in the Annual Reports of UK Listed Companies. Journal of Applied Accounting Research, 8 (2), pp. 71-109.

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Abstract

This paper, for the first time, classifies narrative information into complementary and supplementary. For the purpose of the paper, complementary narrative information is defined as that information which refers to specific numbers presented in the statutory accounts (profit and loss and balance sheet). Non-specific narrative information is classified as supplementary. Having made the distinction and provided reasons for such a distinction the study investigates the extent of complementary narrative commentaries on numbers from the statutory accounts. The study also investigates which company-specific characteristics are associated with the extent of complementary narrative commentaries. An index consisting of 46 items which must be reported in the statutory accounts was used to measure the extent of complementary narrative commentaries in the annual reports of 170 listed UK companies. the findings suggest that, on average, the companies comment on 3909% of the numbers appearing in their statutory accounts. using the Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) regression model, the results indicate that company size, gearing, profitability, liquidity ratio, the presence of exceptional items, and substantial institutional investment are significantly associated with the extent of complementary narrative commentaries. However, auditory type, directors' share ownership, and the proportion of non-executive directors are not significantly associated with the extent of complementary narrative commentaries. The research has important implications for accounting regulators, users of annual reports and future research into the usefulness narrative information provided in annual reports.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0967-5426
Additional Information:Journal of Applied Accounting Research.
Subjects:Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Finance and Financial Economics
Group:Business School
ID Code:3294
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:31 May 2007
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 14:39

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