This study examines whether bank loan officers differ in their reactions to financial statements when they are accompanied with a disclaimer of opinion rather than an unqualified report with an explanatory paragraph. Using between-subjects experiments, the study investigates loan officers' reactions to entities involved with either litigation or going concern uncertainties. Results for litigation uncertainties show that a disclaimer (1) reduces the loan officers' willingness to grant a line of credit, (2) decreases loan officers' assessment of the entity's ability to service their debt, (3) reduces the assessed likelihood that the entity can improve its profitability, and (4) increases the point spread that would be charged if the entity was granted a loan. The results for going concern uncertainties show significant differences for only the first two of the above types of loan officer reactions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1997|
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