Valuation, Earnings Management and the Underperformance of Loss Seasoned Equity Offerings
Journal of Accounting and Finance, 16(3), 2016
16 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2018
Date Written: 2016
The current literature on earnings management around seasoned equity offerings (SEOs) mainly concentrates on discretionary accruals, and considers all SEOs as a homogenous pool of firms. The uniqueness of this paper is in linking firms’ valuation to their discretionary choices and by demonstrating that loss firms do not manage earnings during SEOs as earnings are not informative for their valuation. We find that loss firms overinvest in R&D around SEOs, because R&D expenditures are the main value-driver for loss SEOs. We further show that overinvestment in R&D is negatively associated with future operating performance for loss firms.
Keywords: Seasoned Public Offering; Discretion Over Accounting Items; SEO Valuation; Loss Firms Valuation; Earnings Management
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