We investigate the value relevance of two different accounting methods, predecessor vs. acquisition, for business combination under common control (BCUCC) in China. Based on the return and price models, we find that net income under the predecessor method is of higher value relevance than that under the acquisition method. Further analysis suggests that the difference appears to be driven by uncertainties in fair value estimation surrounding the BCUCC and that net incomes under predecessor method can better predict future earnings and future operating cash flows than under the acquisition method. Our research provides some initial evidence to support the use of the predecessor method in China, and at the same time, we discuss implications for the IASB standard setting project for the BCUCC.
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Project sponsorNational Natural Science Foundation of China
- Business combination under common control (BCUCC)
- the acquisition method
- the predecessor method
- value relevance