• Background of the Study

The impact of financial reporting on the corporate performance of a business organization is becoming more apparent to user groups of a financial statement.

Accounting is not an exact science neither are business operations without some subjective and judgement errors when it comes to reporting them. A financial reporting therefore is a document statement which informs the various interest groups to a business on the operations and performance of their business in a period under reviewing its present state of affairs as well as its anticipation future, in accordance with the statutes. If a financial report is to service its purpose, it ought to be characterized by the following:

  • Relevance
  • Understandability
  • Reliability
  • Completeness
  • Objectivity
  • Timeliness

In the accounting process of an organization, is to provide the information required to prepare a financial report which shall have the above characteristics, then the transaction during the period must be recorded prompt and accurately and interpreted in conformity with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), statements of Accounting Standard Board (SASB), international Accounting Standard Committee and the Companies and Allied mattes Act Cop LFN (CAMA).

Financial Accounting reporting necessary with the obvious need for accountability of stewardship from the managers to whom investors entrusted their financial resources. The Railway age in the UK occurred between 1830 to 1870 and for the first time the world emergence of multimillion corporations with large numbers of shareholders. It was a period of disorder but it brought the basis for the present day system of corporate financial report.

Financial reporting is a duty of stewardship assigned to the directors of a company by section 334 of the company and Allied matters Act Cap L20 LFN, equally the mandatory responsibility of companies to keep accounting records derives its strength from sections 331 and 382 of the same Act. These sections explicitly defined the necessary content and manner in which financial records should be kept.


  • Statement of the Problem

The study “The Impact of Financial Reporting on the Corporate Performance of Business Organization” aims at investigating the financial reports of selected companies in Akwa Ibom State with a view determine the following:

  • The extent to which a standard financial report contributes to or detracts from the growth of a business organization.
  • The extent to which the financial reports of corporate business organization comply with statutory provisions.
  • The uniformity and conflict which exist in the financial reporting regulations given the multiplicity of regulations.

Therefore, based on the above statements, the researcher shall investigate the financial accounting reporting standards and every regulation they bear on the financial statement and to the extent the selected company(s) has either complied with or disobeyed the relevant statutes.


  • Objective of the Study

The Objectives of this study are to critically examine the financial reports of the selected company and to probe into the fundamental for their preparation as well as its preparation with a view to determining:

  • The adequacy of the basis and the fundamental that guides its preparation.
  • The degree to which the financial report meets the needs of its various users.
  • The extent to which the financial report conform to the established standard.
  • The influence that financial report has on business performance.
  • Finally, to present suggestion and recommendations based on my findings.


Research Questions

In order to determine the impact of financial reporting on the corporate performance of business organization, it is pertinent to test the following question:

  • Does the information disclosed in the financial statements adequate to support good decision making?
  • Does the disclosure requirement of the status affect corporate performance positively or negatively?
  • Do companies comply strictly with the regulation?
  • Does the financial report meet the needs of the various users?

This study will offer solution to ones raised, it is believe that the result of these finding will go a long way to helping researchers in this areas of study. It will also enhance the understanding of the structure of published reports and accounts by the users. The various users groups of the published financial report have their benefits from this study as follows:

  1. The Potential Investors: These are groups who are interested in committing their financial resources to the buying of the company’s shares. These set of people will benefits from this study as the result of this study still arm them with the necessary tools with which to evaluate the financial report of a corporate organization as its affects them.
  2. The General Public: This group shall benefit from this report by the knowledge that the business organization exists for them and not against them, as such has to live up to it full responsibilities.
  3. The Government Including Tax Authorities Department Who Has Interest In The Financial Reports Of Companies: The result of this work shall be of immense assistance to each of these user groups in the advancement of their interest.
  4. The Regulators of Financial Accounting Report: This group includes the Nigerian Accounting Standard Board (NASB), the companies and Allied matters Act 2004 Cap (20 LFN CAMA), the Banking and other financial institutions Act of 1991 (BOFIA), prudential guidelines for licensed Banks. The insurance Act 2003. The study will help them to standardize and harmonize their operations.
  5. The Employees Group Including Existing: Potential and pas employees.


  • Research Hypothesis

The following null and alternate hypothesis shall be tested in this research works.

  1. The information provided in financial statements is not adequate to support good decision making.
  2. The disclosure requirements of statement do not affect corporate performance positively.
  3. Corporate organizations do not comply strictly to the statutory regulations.
  4. Financial reports do not meet the needs of the various users of financial information.


  • Significance of the Study

This study is a very important one and most significant at this period of economic situation which has witnessed the collapse of giant corporate with impressive profit and loss accounts and balance sheet statement, because the financial report serves is a “prima face” evidence on the state of attains of such companies as well as its performance and could be relied upon as a certificate because it had the auditors certification, financial reporting could be done with every serial business, utmost good faith and diligence.


  • Scope of the Study

This study could have covered the impact of financial accounting reporting on corporate performance of all the sectors of the Nigerian economy but due