The Information Content of Real Operating Performance Measures from the Airline Industry

50 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2019 Last revised: 12 Dec 2019

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Paul Borochin

University of Miami - Department of Finance

Date Written: August 28, 2019

Abstract

I use daily passenger flight delay data for all publicly held domestic US airlines from 1996 to 2016 to answer fundamental questions about the efficiency of market participants, accounting measures, and analysts in assessing the firm’s real operating performance. Airline performance is priced in the cross-section of cumulative market- and industry-adjusted returns, with significant drift. Quarterly aggregates of performance predict post-earnings announcement drift. The sensitivity of individual airline operations to those of the entire industry, measured using a beta approach, carries a negative premium consistent with systemic operating risk being a liability rather than a positively priced risk factor with implications for the accounting beta literature. Return on sales reflects the quarter’s real operating performance better than other common ROA measures, contributing to the measure selection literature.

Keywords: Market efficiency, operating performance measures, return predictability

JEL Classification: G12, G14, M41

Suggested Citation

Borochin, Paul, The Information Content of Real Operating Performance Measures from the Airline Industry (August 28, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3443979 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3443979

Paul Borochin (Contact Author)

University of Miami - Department of Finance ( email )

P.O. Box 248094
Coral Gables, FL 33124-6552
United States

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