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Voluntary Disclosure Practices by Foreign Firms Cross-Listed in the United States


Ole-Kristian Hope


University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Tony Kang


Oklahoma State University - School of Accounting

Joung W. Kim


Nova Southeastern University - H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship

January 14, 2013


Abstract:     
This is one of the first large-scale studies to examine the voluntary disclosure practices of foreign firms cross-listed in the United States. We proxy for voluntary disclosure using three attributes of firms’ management earnings guidance: (1) the likelihood of issuance; (2) the frequency of earnings guidance; and (3) a guidance quality measure. After first establishing that market participants view these firms’ disclosures as credible and economically important (i.e., the disclosures are negatively related to analyst forecast errors and the implied cost of equity capital), we compare cross-listed firms’ disclosure practices with comparable U.S. firms and explore variations in disclosure practices among cross-listed firms. We find that cross-listed firms issue less frequent and lower quality management earnings guidance than comparable U.S. firms. We further show that the gap between U.S. and cross-listed firms widened after passage of Regulation FD, a regulation which induced greater public disclosure of firm-specific information. Focusing on the sample of cross-listing firms, we show that firms from common-law countries disclose more than firms from code-law countries. Finally, our results indicate that cross-listed firms that do not list on an organized U.S. exchange provide more frequent and higher quality disclosure than those that do list on organized exchanges.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: Cross-listing, Voluntary Disclosure, Management Guidance, Legal Quality, Reg FD, Exchange Listing

JEL Classification: F30, F23, F21, G15, G3, K22, M41

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Date posted: May 10, 2010 ; Last revised: January 14, 2013

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Hope, Ole-Kristian and Kang, Tony and Kim, Joung W., Voluntary Disclosure Practices by Foreign Firms Cross-Listed in the United States (January 14, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1601273 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1601273

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Ole-Kristian Hope (Contact Author)
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )
105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6
Canada
HOME PAGE: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/Faculty/FacultyBios/Hope.aspx
Tony Kang
Oklahoma State University - School of Accounting ( email )
216 Business Building
William S. Spears School of Business
Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States
405-744-8631 (Phone)
Joung W. Kim
Nova Southeastern University - H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business & Entrepreneurship ( email )
3301 College Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
United States
954-262-5110 (Phone)
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