An Evaluation of Value Relevance of Consolidated Earnings and Cash Flow Reporting in India
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
M. S. Narasimhan
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
March 25, 2010
IIM Bangalore Research Paper No. 306
This study examines the value relevance of consolidated financial statements and cash flow statements in the Indian Stock market. In the recent years several new disclosures have been mandated in India including the cash flow statement and the preparation of consolidated financial statements. The motivation for the additional disclosures has been internationalization of accounting standards as well as better transparency. Very few countries provide information on both stand alone as well as consolidated financial statements, which makes it unique in the Indian context to study the relative importance of these statements. This study provides evidence on consolidated financial statements and the preparation of cash flow statement.
Our findings are that consolidated accrual earnings and cash flows statements have no significant association with market adjusted stock return. On the contrary, the parent only earnings show significant positive relationship with the stock returns. Our results are quite contrary to the existing literature on value relevance from other counties and throws light on the way markets react to the information in an emerging market like India. These results have a policy implication for the regulators especially as we are moving towards adopting the International Financial reporting standards.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: Consolidated earnings, Parent only earnings, Cash flows, Stock returns, Value relevance, Accounting information, Indian Stock Market
JEL Classification: G10, G14, M41working papers series
Date posted: August 10, 2012
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