Guidance on Strategic Information: Investor-Management Disagreement and Firm Intrinsic Value
57 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 3, 2019
We investigate the decision by corporate management to voluntarily disclose information that pertains to a firm’s strategy. We find the likelihood of disclosure to be a tradeoff between the benefit of reducing information asymmetry and the cost of investors disagreeing with the strategy; this cost varies with the firm’s intrinsic value. Higher levels of investor-management disagreement and of information asymmetry increase the likelihood that managers will disclose strategic information; those at firms with higher intrinsic value, however, are less likely to do so. Our results vary in statistical significance across different proxy specifications, but hold qualitatively. They are robust to the use of exogenous shocks to investor-management disagreement and information asymmetry. The evidence supports a causal link between investor-management disagreement and strategic disclosure.
Keywords: irm strategy; disclosure of strategic information; information asymmetry; investor-management disagreement; firm value; raise of capital
JEL Classification: G30, G32, M41
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