The Value Relevance and Information Content of Cash and Stock Dividends in China

52 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2013

See all articles by Elisabeth Dedman

Elisabeth Dedman

Surrey Business School

Wei Jiang

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Andrew W. Stark

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Date Written: October 17, 2013

Abstract

The Chinese stock markets provide a unique experimental setting in which to examine how cash and stock dividends convey value relevant information about future performance and future cash dividends. Utilising market valuation equations based on Ohlson (1995), as well as prediction models, and applying them to a large sample of Chinese firms from 2003-2011, we find the following. First, stock dividends are positively associated with firm value, and convey information about future cash dividends and future earnings in the absence of cash dividends. Second, when cash dividends are paid, it is these that convey information about future cash dividends. Third, the value relevance and information content of cash dividends is stronger following the split share reforms and the adoption of IFRS, while the value relevance of stock dividends weakens over the same time period. Our evidence suggests that, in China, where the information environment is not as well-developed as in Western stock exchanges, stock dividends play an important role where cash dividends are not informative and this may help to explain their prevalence.

Keywords: dividends; market valuation; earnings prediction

Suggested Citation

Dedman, Elisabeth and Jiang, Wei and Stark, Andrew W., The Value Relevance and Information Content of Cash and Stock Dividends in China (October 17, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2341596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2341596

Elisabeth Dedman (Contact Author)

Surrey Business School ( email )

University of Surrey
Stag Hill Campus
Guildford, GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Wei Jiang

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Andrew W. Stark

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester ( email )

Booth Street West
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
204
Abstract Views
1,085
rank
149,139
PlumX Metrics