The Effects of Operating Cash Flow Disclosure on Earnings Comparability, Analysts’ Forecasts, and Firms’ Investment Decisions during the Pre-IFRS Era
61 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2020
Date Written: December 1, 2019
We examine the effects of the availability of operating cash flow (OCF) information disclosed by firms operating in 15 international countries during the pre-IFRS era on: (1) the comparability of these firms’ disaggregated earnings to those of U.S. firms for equity valuation purposes, (2) the properties of analysts’ earnings forecasts, and (3) the efficiency of firms’ investment decisions. We find that the comparability of disaggregated earnings improves after company-disclosed OCF information is available. We also find decreases in analysts’ forecast errors and dispersion and a decrease in firms’ tendency to over- or under-invest when they are predisposed to do so.
Keywords: earnings comparability, disaggregated earnings, cash flow statement, properties of analysts’ earnings forecasts, investment efficiency
JEL Classification: M41, G15
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