Decrease in the Value Relevance of Accounting Information in Electric Distributors after the Brazilian IFRS adoption

Eduardo Flores, Alexsandro Broedel Lopes


Purpose – The present study evaluated whether there were reductions in the relevance of the accounting information of Brazilian energy distributors in the post-IFRS period.

Design/methodology/approach – The rationale for such a conjecture stems from the fact that after the adoption of international accounting standards, energy distributors were unable to register regulatory assets and liabilities concerning their activities. Besides, the same hypothesis was also evaluated for Canadian electricity incumbents. The inclusion of the Canadian companies in this study was the result of the permission given by the IASB, through IFRS 14, so that adopters of international standards from 2015, could continue to register the regulatory items.

Findings – Using a value relevance model it was possible to conclude that there was a reduction in the relevance of the accounting information in the Brazilian case and that this decrease is very potentially related to the write-off of regulatory assets after IFRS. It was also observed that the same effect did not occur in the Canadian companies after the adoption of this normative set. It was also verified that before the IFRS, both the regulatory assets of Brazilian companies and of Canadian firms, were from the statistical perspective also incorporated into the market value of the companies analyzed, denoting similar behavior on the part of investors.

Originality/value – That is, although the economies of these jurisdictions are distinct, investors incorporated such accounting assets into stock prices because they could potentially verify realization rates on such items. Thus, it is concluded that the adoption of international standards did not benefit Brazilian energy distributors by distancing the book value from their market value.


Regulatory assets; Relevance of Accounting Information; Brazil; Canada; IFRS 14.


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