There are Two Very Different Accruals Anomalies
43 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2017
Date Written: November 12, 2017
We document that several well known asset-pricing implications of accruals differ for investment and non-investment-related components. Exposure to an investment-accruals factor explains the cross-section of returns better than the accruals themselves, and this factor’s returns are negatively predicted by sentiment. The opposite results hold for non-investment accruals. Further tests show cash profitability only subsumes long-term non-investment accruals in the cross-section of returns and economy-wide investment accruals negatively predict stock-market returns while other accruals do not. These results challenge existing accruals-anomaly theories and help resolve mixed evidence by showing that the anomaly is two separate phenomena: a risk-based investment accruals premium and a mispricing of non-investment accruals.
Keywords: Accruals Anomaly, Profitability, Real Investment, Cross-section of Stock Returns
JEL Classification: E44, G12
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