International Bulletin of Business AdministrationISSN: 1451-243X Issue 10 (2011)© EuroJournals, Inc. 2011http://www.eurojournals.com50
Audit Report Lag and the Effectiveness of Audit CommitteeAmong Malaysian Listed Companies
Ummi Junaidda Binti Hashim
Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin
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Rashidah Binti Abdul Rahman
Accounting Research Institute, Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam
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The purpose of this study
is to examine the link between audit committee characteristicsand audit report lag among 288 companies listed at Bursa Malaysia for a three year periodfrom 2007 to 2009. The characteristics of audit committee examined are audit committeeindependence, audit committee diligence and audit committee expertise. In this study, auditreport lag refers to the number of days from the company’s year end (financial year) to thedate of auditor’s report. The results of this study show that audit report lag for the listedcompanies in Malaysia ranges from 36 days to 184 days for the three year period. Theresults of this study also show that audit committee independence and audit committeeexpertise could assist in reducing audit report lag among companies in Malaysia. This studyhowever could not provide any evidence on the link between audit committee diligence onaudit report lag. Overall, the findings in this study provide some evidence supporting theresource based theory, whereby characteristics of the audit committee as the resources andcapabilities could improve companies’ performance as well as corporate reporting.
Audit Committee, Audit Report Lag
Financial reporting in general will provide useful information and assist users in decision making ascapacity of capital providers in companies. Particularly users rely on the audited financial reports intheir assessment and evaluation of companies’ performance. The audited financial reports will increaseits reliability and users will feel affirm on the reports verified by the auditors and would be able tomake decision wisely (FASB, Concepts Statement 2).Timeliness itself will enhance the usefulness of the information. There are many ways to definetimeliness. Commonly known that timeliness is the reporting delay from the company’s accountingyear end to the date of the audit report completed (Chambers and Penman, 1984).
Audit report lagwould lead the shareholders and potential shareholders to postpone their transaction on shares (Ng andTai, 1994). This in turn, would provide negative effect to the company.