Long-Lived Asset Impairments in the Shipping Industry and the Impact on Financial Statement Ratios: Comparing U.S. GAAP and IFRS Standards

James Penner, Jerry Kreuze, Sheldon Langsam

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In this paper, we investigate asset impairment standards particularly as they relate to differences between United States generally accepted accounting principles (US GAAP) and international financial reporting standards (IFRS) for the impairment of long-lived assets in the shipping industry and the corresponding impact on financial statement analysis ratios.  Our study provides evidence that return on assets and asset turnover ratios diverge significantly as a result of the difference between US GAAP and IFRS on asset impairments within the shipping industry.  Reporting differences between US GAAP and IFRS can impede the comparability of financial reporting.  Asset impairment accounting differences can have significant differences for companies reporting under these two accounting standards.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/ijafr.v3i2.4226

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