Corporate Financing Activities, Fundamentals to Price Ratios And the Cross Section of Stock Returns
Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 40, pp. 493 - 514, 2013
Posted: 12 Jun 2013 Last revised: 18 Nov 2014
Date Written: June 11, 2013
The purpose of the paper is to provide new insights on the relation between the value/growth anomaly and the external financing anomaly by considering an expanded value/growth indicator: free cash flow yield (free cash flows scaled by price). In line with the literature on contrarian portfolios, we find that firms with low (high) free cash flow yield are experiencing low (high) returns. However, only when an investor buys (sells) stocks of firms with high (low) free cash flow yield that distribute (raise) capital, his zero-cost portfolio is significant. These findings are robust, irrespective of the financing vehicle (equity or debt). Overall, our evidence suggests that distinctions between the value/growth anomaly and the external financing anomaly partially disappear, if one is willing to employ free cash flow yield as a proxy of the former anomaly.
Keywords: free cash flow yield, external financing activities, stock returns
JEL Classification: G10, M4
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