The effect of IFRS 16 on key financial ratios and financing decisions
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- Master of Science 
The objective of this paper is to determine the impact of IFRS 16 (the new accounting standard for leases) on both selected financial ratios and on the use of lease financing. The analysis is performed using data disclosed in annual reports for the 66 firms listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange Benchmark Index. The constructive capitalization method is applied to capitalize the operating leases. The capitalization leads to an increase in both assets and liabilities recognized on the balance sheet. The analysis finds that financial ratios are impacted when capitalizing operating leases, most significantly so, Debt/Assets and Debt/Equity. Finally, no significant decreases in lease financing are found from 2015 to 2019.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Business, Finance - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2020