Decomposing the Accrual Premium: The Evidence from Two Markets

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Doina Chichernea

University of Denver - Reiman School of Finance

Anthony Holder

University of Denver - School of Accountancy

Alex Petkevich

University of Denver

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Date Written: July/August 2019

Abstract

We decompose the accrual premium and study its components in the debt and equity markets. We show that the importance of each accrual component depends on the sample and the type of market considered. The short‐term accruals component is primarily observed in equity markets, among small and young companies, which is consistent with mispricing arguments. The long‐term accruals premium is consistently positive and significant in different samples and markets. This component reflects growth in capital expenditures, and it is counter‐cyclical and predictable, which is in line with investment‐based explanations. Finally, the financial accruals component does not generate predictability.

Keywords: accruals, debt, equity, investment, long‐term accruals, short‐term accruals

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Chichernea, Doina and Holder, Anthony and Petkevich, Alex, Decomposing the Accrual Premium: The Evidence from Two Markets (July/August 2019). Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Vol. 46, Issue 7-8, pp. 879-912, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3604482 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jbfa.12394

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