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Should Intangible Investments Be Reported Separately or Commingled with Operating Expenses? New Evidence


Luminita Enache


Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

Anup Srivastava


Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

January 17, 2017

Management Science, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
We propose a new method to estimate intangible investment outlays, other than expenditures on advertising and research and development, that are reported on a commingled basis with operating expenses in the selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) category of expenses. These outlays, aimed at improving organizational knowledge and capabilities, are the largest category of intangible investments and the fastest-growing category of operating investments. They affect future firm performance and risk. Predictability of future earnings and stock returns improves when these outlays are distinguished from operating expenses. Thus, benefits could accrue from reporting them separately.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 49

Keywords: SG&A; mandatory disclosures; intangible investments; R&D; organizational capital; risk-return trade-offs; fundamental analysis; stock returns


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Date posted: January 16, 2016 ; Last revised: January 17, 2017

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Enache, Luminita and Srivastava, Anup, Should Intangible Investments Be Reported Separately or Commingled with Operating Expenses? New Evidence (January 17, 2017). Management Science, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2715722

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Luminita Enache (Contact Author)
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth ( email )
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
6037297148 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://https://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/faculty/faculty-directory/luminita-enache
Anup Srivastava
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth ( email )
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
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