Harnessing media attention: Strategic press releases around earnings announcements
52 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2014 Last revised: 31 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 25, 2017
We document that firms are 80% more likely to issue non-earnings press releases during the earnings announcement period when delivering extremely negative earnings news. These non-earnings press releases are insufficient to improve negative announcement returns in isolation. However, if the media covers the non-earnings press release, announcement returns increase by about 6% and are sustained afterward. These findings are concentrated in smaller firms. Our interpretation is that, as an alternative to manipulating earnings, firms focusing on short-term return performance strategically time press releases to maximise the likelihood of beneficial media coverage and thus minimise the impact of negative earnings news.
Keywords: strategic press releases, media coverage, earnings announcements
JEL Classification: G14, G34, M41
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