The Feltham-Ohlson (1995) Model: Empirical Implications
The Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
James A. Ohlson
New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; New York University (NYU) - Department of Accounting, Taxation & Business Law
This paper develops empirical implications of the Feltham and Ohlson  model which relates a firm's market value to accounting data and their expected realizations. The key issue concerns how one conceptualizes/measures a firm's expected growth to explain its market value when the model also includes more basic accounting measures reflecting its current performance. It is shown that market value can be expressed in terms of, (i), financial assets (liabilities) with a coefficient of one, (ii), the expected change in operating earnings with a non-negative coefficient, (iii), the expected operating earnings with a positive coefficient, (iv), current (net) operating assets with a non-negative coefficient, and, (v), the expected change in (net) operating assets with a non-negative coefficient. One identifies the measure of a firm's expected growth by normalizing the last variable with current (net) operating assets. The variable will be relevant if and only if the accounting is conservative.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
JEL Classification: M41, G12working papers series
Date posted: October 25, 1999
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