The Information Content of the 1999 Announcement of Funds from Operation Changes for Real Estate Investment Trusts
Eric James Higgins
Kansas State University - College of Business Administration
Kansas State University - Department of Accounting
Robert A. Van Ness
University of Mississippi - Department of Finance
Journal of Real Estate Research, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2006
This study examines the market response to the 1999 announcement of a change in accounting for Funds from Operations (FFO) for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). This change provides an increase in transparency in the accounting statements of REITs regarding the calculation of FFO. An analysis of this announcement finds that shareholder wealth increases but the significance of that increase is questionable. Additionally, an analysis of the adverse selection component of the bid-ask spread finds weak evidence to support the conjecture that the amount of information asymmetry in REIT prices declines after the announcement of the FFO accounting change.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Funds from Operations, FFO, REITs, real estate investment trust, bid-ask spread
JEL Classification: M41, M49, L85, L11, L14, K20, K23, G34, G38Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 13, 2006
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