The level of compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS 7): Evidence from Bahrain Bourse, Dr. Adel Sarea and Zahra Dalal
Dr. Adel Mohammed Sarea, Zahra Abdulla Al Dalal
Accounting and Economics Department
Ahlia University, Manama
Kingdom of Bahrain
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the level of compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS 7) by listed companies in Bahrain Bourse (BB).
Design/methodology/approach: First, the authors design disclosure compliance checklist of ten requirements of IFRS 7. Second, a score of 3 is assigned if high level of compliance, 2 is assigned if medium level of compliance, 1 is assigned if low level of compliance. The sample of the study comprises of (21) companies listed in BB for year 2013.
Findings: The main findings are, the level of compliance varied by industry and the highest level of compliance reported for the investment sector whereas the lowest for the insurance industry. This result indicates that all listed companies are complying with IFRS 7 in terms of the standard disclosure requirements.
Practical implications: In this paper attempt has been made to support the argument of previous studies. The paper attempts to test and answer the research question; does the financial sector in Bahrain comply with IFRS 7? These results could lead to high level of awareness about the financial instruments. Adoption of the IFRS 7 could lead to high level of compliance and play a significant role in attracting global investors’ interest to the local markets, especially in a developing country like Bahrain.
Originality/value: This paper provides an insight from the reality of the financial market in Bahrain as a result of answering this question; does the financial sector in Bahrain comply with IFRS 7?
Keywords: International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); Bahrain Bourse (BB); Level of compliance.
Citation: Sarea, A.M. and Abdulla Al Dalal , Z. (2015), "The level of compliance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS 7): Evidence from Bahrain Bourse", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 231-244. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJEMSD-02-2015-0009