A CRITICAL ANANLISIS OF THE USE OF FINANCIAL REPORT IN ASSESSING BANK PERFORMANCE. (A CASE STUDY UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC)

ABSTRACT

         The purpose of this study was to examine banks, on investments and performance appraisal. It was also to ascertain the problems of using financial reports to access performance of banks and finally to determine 17 there’s a relationship between financial reporting and performance evaluation of a bank.

   The inductive research method was adopted and the statistical analysts, particularly the chi-square and t-distribution test were used in the analysis of the data collected from the bank.

    The findings of the study were that:

1.                  Source financial statement contained in the financial reports influence investment remarkably in banks.

2.                  The annual reports do not reflect inflationary effects in the country today.

3.                  The financial reports were prepared adapting a general purpose nature with the assumption that different user as of the report have different information needs.

The following conclusions ere made:

    Although investors and performance evaluation analyst relied on financial statement in their decisions and appraisal, the reliability of financial report especially during inflation cannot be assured owing to the historical cost convention used as a basis for asset valuation by banks. This is because; the profits of an accounting year would not usually show a true figure owing to the courage effect of inflation. Therefore, managerial decision of banks based entirely on financial reports will lend to poor and inadequate decisions.

   The recommendations and suggesting made were base wholly on the out come of the study, for example, on the problem inflation, it was recommended that the bank should adopt the current cost accounting basis for its financial reporting ensure credibility and reliability of information, by the various users, given the inflationary relatives.

                              TABLE OF CONTENT

CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY

RESEARCH QESTIONS

RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

SCOPE AND LIMITATION OF THE STUDY

DEFINITION OF TERMS

CHAPTER TWO

REVIEW OF RELATED UTERATURE

HISTORICA BACKGROUND OF UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC

THE NEED FOR FINANCIAL REPORTS

THE COMPOSITION OF THE FINANCIAL REPORTS

THE CHIAIRMANS REPORTS

THE DIRECTORS REPROT

THE AUDITORS REPORT

 THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT

     2.4       VARIOUS USERS OF FINANCIAL REPORTS AND THEIR

                       INFORMATION NEEDS          

2.4.1          SHAREHOLDERS

2.4.2          LONG-TERM CREDITORS

2.4.3          SHORT-TERM CREDITORS

2.4.4          TAX AUTHORITIES AND GOVERNMENT

2.4.5          EMPLOYEES AND TRADE UNIONS

2.4.6          MANAGEMENT

2.4.7          ANANLYSIS\ADVISES

2.5                 FINANCIAL REPORTING BY BANKS

2.5.1          INTRODUCTION

2.5.2          THE PRUDENTIAL GUIDELINES

      2.6         PERFORMANCE EVALUATION IN THE BANKING

                          INDUSTRY

2.6.1         EFFICIENCY AND PROFITABLITY

2.6.2         POTENCIAL AND ACTUAL GROWTH

2.6.3         LOANS AND ADVANCES

CHAPTER THREE

1.0            RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY

1.1            RESEARCH DESIGN

1.2            SOURCES OF DATA

           3.2.1                 PRIMARY SOURCES

           3.2.2                 SECONDARY SOURCES

            3.3      POPULATION OF THE STUDY

               3.4               MATHOD OF DATA PRESENTATION

3.5          METHODS OF DATA ANALYSIS 

     CHAPTER FOUR

DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS

DATA ANALYSIS TECHNIGUES

TEST OF HYPOTHESISI

CHAPTE FIVE

FINDINGS, RECOMMENDATIONS ANS CONCLUSIONS FINDINGS

RECOMMENDATIONS

CONCLUSION

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDIX

CHAPTER ONE

INTRUDUCTION

1.1       BACKGROUND OF STUDY

       A farmer, who plants corps, expects result, similarly to student who sits for examination expects results. The same 5 also true of an investor.

For the farmer, the result might be communicated to him in the form of a bumper harvest. It result sheet or a report card would usually sufficed for a student. However, in the of an investor, the result is communicated through the financial reports.

    Financial reports are law to be prepared by every limited liability company; these limited liability companies abound in virtually all sector of the economy.

 

   Every company shall cause accounting records to be kept. The accounting records shall be sufficient to show and explain the transactions of the company and shall be such as to disclose with reasonable accuracy, at anytime the financial position of the company.

   In the banking industry, financial reports are of great interest to the general public because the banks directly or indirectly interact with people.

    This public interest has caused companies (including banks) to accept social as well as economic, financial and legal responsibilities and has created a consequence, a growing need for the communication of information to account for the results which are of considerable interest a wide range of individuals and organizations.

 

   So, it becomes very imperative for reliable information to be circulated to interested parties which can enable them to acquire an essential knowledge of the way is which companies particularly the bank are performing in relation to the public interest. This fact is further educated by the recommendation of the working party set up in Britain by the Accounting standard committee in October 1974 under the chairmanship of Derek booth man which took a study of the scope and aims of publisher financial statements.

   The committee recommended that:

      “The fundamental objectives of corporate report are to communicate economic measurement of the reporting entity useful to those having reasonable right to such information”

 

     It is not an over statement when one says that the banking industry is the flume on which the national   economy rotates. This mammoth, impact upon a country economy therefore makes it a public affair is everybody in the country has a right to know what such organizations are doing, more so all information, necessary to explain the organization’s activities fully should be provided in the annual reports.

            One of the most significant aspects of the information system of business enterprises in an economy is that which deals with the communicate of financial data, especially in describing business profitability and financial position. This information is important because it attempts to partial the economic resources of the enterprises and the financial results, which have been achieved by its management when those resources have been put to use. It attempts to reveal how effective management has been in resources utilization as well as the financial reward available to compensate for risk taken by various suppliers of capital.

1.2       STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

                     The genuineness or other wise of financial reports has attracted diverse opinions from different quarters, such opinions can come from the general public, tax authorities, shareholders, creditors with long or short term interest, financial analyst and potential investors.

            They argue that the financial reports do not usually give an accurate data about the actionties of such business concerns, for example, the idea of stating assets at their historical cost do not favour most investors as they argue that inflation is not usually taken care of, though the real value of such assets might have been eroded.

            Again since the financial reports prepared by managements, the shareholders and others argue that there would usually be some elements of bi as on the part of management in the disclosure of management’s financial ineptitude.

            But in any case the management claims that some inherent problems would usually affect the accuracy of such reports. It is therefore the intention of this researcher to delve into the matter to enable him establish a relationship between financial reporting and performance evaluate in a bank.

1.3       OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY

            Companies including those in the banking industry have had to face the onerous task of presenting a credible and generally acceptable financial statement in their annual reports, to the various people to whom they own such obligations. The purpose of the study is:

a.                   To determine the various financial reports used by banks.

b.                  To ascertain the problems of using financial reports to assess performance of banks.

c.                   To examine the use of historical cost convention adopted by banks in stating this balance sheet items on investors.

d.                  To determine of there’s a relationship between financial reporting and performance evaluation of a bank.

e.                   To offer recommendations and solutions on the best way financial reports could use in assessing bank performance.

1.4             RESEARCH QUESTIONS

a.                               What impact has financial reporting on bank performance with respect to the financial position of the bank?

b.                              How does financial statement assess the bank performance?

c.                               Does financial reports disclosed financial impetitude of bank mangers to the shareholders?

d.                              What are the problems associated in using financial reports to assess bank performance?

e.                               How do we know a reliable financial report?

f.                               Has financial statement of banks influence your investment decision?

1.5                   RESEARCH HYPOTHESIS

         Base on the statement of problem and objections of this research work the following general hypothesis are formulated:

 

Ho       Investment decision, base entirely on the financial statement will not lead to poor and lazy decisions.

Hi        Investment decision based entirely on the financial statements will lead to poor and lazy decisions.

Ho       The efficiency of financial reports is great affected by inflationary trends in the economy.

Hi        The efficiency of financial reports is not greatly affected by inflationary trends in the economy.

Ho       Financial report are not a true in director of banks performance.

Hi        financial reports are a true in director of banks performance.

1.6                   SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY

     The banking industry is a very important sector of the economy. This is because banks can determine the direction of growth or development of the economy trough the financial service rendered by banks. The financial services which includes, funds mobilization, safekeeping and custodianship, funds transfer, foreign exchange transaction equipment leasing, extension of loans and advances, investment in securities, bill discounting etc.

       Investment key sector of the national economy of which the banking industry is one becomes a goal-getters priority. Owing to this, it becomes necessary that financial reports presented by banks satisfy the need of the users of the reports.

     Specially, at the end of this study, we shall   have been able to establish:

1.         Whether or not the financial reports affects investment in the banking industry.

2.         Whether or not the annual financial report currently reflect the inflationary effects.

3.         Whether or not banks follow rigid accounting practices.

    The emphasis of this research is not to discuss the determinants of performance, but to establish a relationship between financial reporting and performance so that potential investors is in banking industry may clearly define the stand.

1.8                  DEFINITION OF TERMS

OUDITING:     The objective examination of financial statements initially prepared by management by a third party other than the prepared or used with the goal of establishing the fairness of representations made therein and reporting on same a guides to interested users.

ATTEST:         To assume responsibility for the fairness and dependability for the fairness and dependability of financial statements.

BANKRUPT: Inability of person to meet his liabilities as they mature.

FRAUD:         Misrepresentation by a person to be untrue or made with reckless indifference as whether the fact in true with the intention of deceiving the other party and with the result that the other party is injured.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS:            This covers balance sheets, income statement or profit and loss accounts notes and other statement and explanatory materials.

GOING CONCERN: Continuing in operation for the foresable future with the assumption that the enterprise has neither the intention nor the

LIQUIDATION:        Process of winding up of a company thereby brings to an end its corporate existence.

TRUE AND FAIR VIEW:    The opinion of an auditor, which depicts compliance, will generally accepted accounting principles and full of fair disclose of facts.

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