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Earnings quality of Malaysian IPO firms: the effect of share moratorium provision and institutional ownership


Kalgo, Sani Hussaini and Amin, Bany Ariffin and Nahar, Hairul Suhaimi and Turmin, Siti Zaidah (2016) Earnings quality of Malaysian IPO firms: the effect of share moratorium provision and institutional ownership. Procedia Economics and Finance, 35. pp. 107-116. ISSN 2212-5671


The paper focuses on earnings quality (EQ) of Malaysian Initial Public Offering (IPO) firms and examines the effect of share moratorium regulation and institutional ownership on IPO firms’ EQ behavior. Analyzing both real and accrual earnings management (EM) to measure EQ of 220 sample IPO firms over the period from 2002 to 2009, the results indicate that Malaysian IPO firms engage in both real and accrual discretionary EM. Both EQ measures are also observed to be similar between firms with and without share moratorium provision, evidencing the support towards Malaysia's public policy guideline of subjecting all IPO firms to share moratorium regulations as a commitment device to reduce information asymmetry and adverse selection problem between the strategic owners and new investors. The multivariate results further indicate the effective monitoring of institutional shareholders over investee firms’ EQ. The overall results collectively suggest the need for investors to examine investee firms’ real activity discretionary behavior in their investment decisions while regulators should device means of constraining it.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
Putra Business School
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2212-5671(16)00015-0
Publisher: Elsevier
Keywords: Initial Public Offering; Earnings management; Share moratorium; Institutional ownership
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2017 03:49
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2017 03:49
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/55580
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