Income Smoothing: A Means for Organizational Survival

Obiaga, Johnson Chinedu, Ikiriko, Hope Odhuluma


This study examined the influence of income smoothing on organizational survival of selected quoted companies in Nigeria. The research study embraced the ex-post facto study design with a substantial dependence on secondary data produced from the annual reports of companies through 2007-2018. The population of the research study included 168 companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Market (NSE) where a sample of 20 companies were attracted utilizing the judgmental sampling strategy. The Eview 9.0 analytical software application was utilized to examine the data. The research study wraps up that there is a connection in between the dimensions of income smoothing and organizational survival. Based upon the findings, the research study advises that appropriate and ideal procedure must be established for sufficient examination, evaluation and scrutinization of financial declarations of quoted companies. Likewise, the Nigerian Accounting Standard Board (NASB) ought to be more equipped to prepare a well-structured framework of accounting regulation, approve, review and examine financial declarations of all companies quoted on the Nigeria Stock market to guarantee conformity with GAAP, IFRS, CAMA and various other financial coverage Act. The paper advocates for extra strict supervisory system with operational implementation tools to ensure compliance with International Financial Reporting Standard and Auditing standards with the purpose of reducing income smoothing practices. The introduction of punitive measures could also assist in curbing the act of income smoothing amongst Nigerian companies.

Keywords: Income smoothing, Organizational survival, Nigerian Stock Market

DOI: 10.7176/RJFA/12-14-04

Publication date:July 31st 2021

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