Residual Income Risk, Intrinsic Values, and Share Prices

Posted: 27 Nov 2002

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James Michael Wahlen

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Accounting

Stephen P. Baginski

University of Georgia - J.M. Tull School of Accounting

Abstract

Empirical accounting research provides surprisingly little evidence on whether accounting earnings numbers capture cross-sectional differences in risk that are associated with cross-sectional differences in share prices. We address two questions regarding the risk-relevance of accounting numbers: (1) Are accounting-related risk measures (i.e., the systematic risk and total volatility in a firm's time-series of residual return on equity) associated with the market's assessment and pricing of equity risk? and (2) If so, are these accounting-related risk measures incrementally associated with the market's assessment and pricing of equity risk beyond other observable factors, such as those in the Fama-French (1992) three-factor model?

We develop an accounting fundamentals-based measure of the market's pricing of risk - the difference between actual share price and a residual income valuation model estimate of share value using risk-free rates of return. Our results show that both systematic risk and total volatility in residual return on equity partially explain this pricing differential, and that the explanatory power of total volatility is incremental to the Fama-French factors - market beta, firm size, and the market-to-book ratio.

Keywords: residual income, accounting risk measures, implied risk premium, equity valuation

JEL Classification: M41, G12, G14, G29

Suggested Citation

Wahlen, James Michael and Baginski, Stephen P., Residual Income Risk, Intrinsic Values, and Share Prices. The Accounting Review, Vol. 78, January 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=329940

James Michael Wahlen

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Accounting ( email )

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Stephen P. Baginski (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - J.M. Tull School of Accounting ( email )

Athens, GA 30602
United States

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