The Rewards for Meeting or Beating Managers’ Own Earnings Forecasts
Hui, K. W., Liu, A. Z., & Zhang, Y. (2021). The rewards to meeting or beating managers’ own earnings forecasts. Accounting Horizons 35(1): 87-103.
53 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2013 Last revised: 5 Jan 2022
Date Written: October 1, 2018
This study documents a stock return premium for meeting or beating management’s own earnings forecasts (MBMF) that is separate and distinct from the premium for meeting or beating analysts’ earnings forecasts (MBAF) documented in prior literature. Cross-sectional analyses reveal that the MBMF premium relative to the MBAF premium increases when management forecasts are historically more accurate and are released closer to earnings announcement dates. We also find that MBMF is incrementally informative about a firm’s future performance, CEO turnover, and forecast accuracy after considering MBAF. Our findings suggest that investors consider management earnings forecasts as an additional performance metric, along with analyst earnings forecasts, when forming earnings expectations.
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