Corporate governance reform, board structure and the value relevance of equity book value and earnings in Malaysia / Adibah Jamaluddin

Jamaluddin, Adibah (2006) Corporate governance reform, board structure and the value relevance of equity book value and earnings in Malaysia / Adibah Jamaluddin. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi MARA.

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Abstract

This study examines the effect of corporate governance reform and board structure on
the value relevance of equity book value and earnings by employing the Ohlson (1995)
Valuation Model and based on the methodology developed by Davis-Friday et al.
(2006). The sample consists of Main Board companies listed on Bursa Malaysia from
1999 to 2001 in order to investigate the effect during and post the issuance of the
Malaysian Code on Corporate Governance (MCCG) as a measure of corporate
governance reform. This thesis argues that following the issuance of the Code,
companies are better governed and therefore, improves the value relevance of equity
book value and earnings reported in the financial statements. Further, if companies
comply with the recommendation for best practices contained in the Code, it will be
reflected in the increase in the value relevance of equity book value and earnings. The
findings generally indicate that equity book value and earnings are value relevant in
assisting investors to value firms' equity. Findings of this study, nonetheless, show that
the regulatory change experienced by the country did not have an impact on the
valuation of equity book value and earnings. Similarly, board composition is found to be
statistically insignificant in explaining the association between equity book value and
earnings with the firms' value. This, thus, suggests that most of the Malaysian
companies may not have met the intended purpose of MCCG, but merely conformed to
the minimum requirement. In contrast, mixed results for leadership structure were found
where the value relevance of equity book value increase whilst the value relevance of
earnings decrease when companies practice duality structure in 2000. It, therefore,
implies that the role of CEO and Chairman of the board should be separated in order to
improve the value relevance of earnings. In summary, the findings of this study provide
evidence that the equity book value and earnings reported in the financial statement is
value relevant in valuing Malaysian firms' equity. More importantly, the
recommendation by the MCCG to practice unitary leadership structure is deemed vital in
improving the value relevance of earnings in Malaysia and hence must be implemented
fully.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Jamaluddin, Adibah
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory. Demography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Corporations > Corporate organization. Corporate governance > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Accountancy
Item ID: 2622
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate governance, equity book value and earnings, financial statements
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/2622

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