Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies

 

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dc.contributor.advisor West, Darron en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Davidson, Dhanyal en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-30T13:16:14Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-30T13:16:14Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Davidson, D. 2015. Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15474
dc.description.abstract This paper identifies the statistically significant determinants for audit fees in the South African market by regressing audit fees against a selected set of determinant variables. This study is not the first investigating the South African market and so broadens the existing body of research both within the country as well as the global body of research. Determinant variables identified in prior research across the globe were used to establish the existence of a relationship in the local market. This study further extended the local body of research by considering the implication of audit timing and location on the audit fee as well as using more recent data. A positive statistically significant relationship was found between audit fees, asset value, proportion of assets held as inventory and accounts receivables and the number of subsidiaries. In contrast to prior local research, results showed that a large audit firm fee premium did not exist. This was shown to be due to the commoditisation of auditing, cost pressures from companies and increased competition within the audit market. Audits within the Gauteng region were priced at a premium to other provinces whilst the timing of the audit has a statistically significant impact on the audit fee. The validity of the model has improved in comparison to prior South African studies as a result of audit fees being further driven by audit complexity than by size of the auditee. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Financial Management en_ZA
dc.title Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Finance and Tax en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MCom en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Davidson, D. (2015). <i>Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Finance and Tax. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15474 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Davidson, Dhanyal. <i>"Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Finance and Tax, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15474 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Davidson D. Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Department of Finance and Tax, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15474 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Davidson, Dhanyal AB - This paper identifies the statistically significant determinants for audit fees in the South African market by regressing audit fees against a selected set of determinant variables. This study is not the first investigating the South African market and so broadens the existing body of research both within the country as well as the global body of research. Determinant variables identified in prior research across the globe were used to establish the existence of a relationship in the local market. This study further extended the local body of research by considering the implication of audit timing and location on the audit fee as well as using more recent data. A positive statistically significant relationship was found between audit fees, asset value, proportion of assets held as inventory and accounts receivables and the number of subsidiaries. In contrast to prior local research, results showed that a large audit firm fee premium did not exist. This was shown to be due to the commoditisation of auditing, cost pressures from companies and increased competition within the audit market. Audits within the Gauteng region were priced at a premium to other provinces whilst the timing of the audit has a statistically significant impact on the audit fee. The validity of the model has improved in comparison to prior South African studies as a result of audit fees being further driven by audit complexity than by size of the auditee. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies TI - Determinants of audit fees of listed South African companies UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15474 ER - en_ZA


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