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Financial Misrepresentation and its Impact on Rivals

Eitan Goldman

Indiana University - Department of Finance

Irina Stefanescu

Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C.

Urs Peyer

INSEAD - Finance

July 13, 2011

Forthcoming, Financial Management

Firms targeted by Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions for fraudulent financial misrepresentation, on average, experience a significant drop in shareholder value. This paper highlights the additional impact of such enforcement actions on the shareholders of rival firms. Consistent with the importance of the industry competition effect we find that rivals in less competitive industries benefit from the event. However, in competitive industries, the information spillover effect dominates the competition effect, resulting in negative returns to rival shareholders following the event. We find that the spillover effect increases in importance with the severity of the accusation of financial misrepresentation. We also find that the information spillover effect is more important for opaque rivals and for rivals that had positive stock price reactions to past positive earnings surprises of the accused firm. Results from this paper shed light on the differential impact of financial misrepresentation on rival firms.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 45

Keywords: Fraud, iearnings manipulation, industry competition

JEL Classification: G3, G14

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Date posted: August 13, 2005 ; Last revised: June 24, 2012

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Goldman, Eitan and Stefanescu, Irina and Peyer, Urs, Financial Misrepresentation and its Impact on Rivals (July 13, 2011). Forthcoming, Financial Management. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=774364 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.774364

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Eitan Goldman (Contact Author)
Indiana University - Department of Finance ( email )
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Irina Stefanescu
Federal Reserve Board, Washington D.C. ( email )
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Urs C. Peyer
INSEAD - Finance ( email )
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+33 1 6072 4045 (Fax)
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