Accruals and the Performance of Stock Returns Following External Financing Activities
The British Accounting Review, Vol. 43, pp. 214-229, 2011
Posted: 26 Aug 2008 Last revised: 6 Aug 2011
Date Written: January 25, 2011
This paper investigates the relation of the external financing anomaly with the accrual anomaly, by focusing separately on working capital accruals and long-term accruals. We find that external financing and accrual hedge portfolios not only generate superior returns, but they also constitute statistical arbitrage opportunities. Portfolio-level analysis and firm-level cross-sectional regressions show that the ability of external financing measures in predicting future returns remains strong, after controlling for working capital accruals. However, this ability is substantially reduced after controlling for long-term accruals. Our results appear to be consistent with investors’ failure to recognise opportunistic earnings management and/or agency related overinvestment.
Keywords: External financing activities, accruals, stock returns
JEL Classification: G10, M4
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