The Consequences of Abandoning the Quarterly Reporting Mandate in the Prime Market Segment: Evidence from Austria
51 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 7, 2021
This study investigates firms’ reporting choices and ensuing capital market effects in response to the gradual deregulation of quarterly reporting in the prime market segment of the Vienna Stock Exchange (VSE). First, in November 2015, the VSE abandoned the mandate to prepare quarterly reports in compliance with International Accounting Standard (IAS) 34 Interim Financial Reporting. We observe that half of the prime market firms stop IAS 34 compliance until 2018, but do not experience any adverse effects on their stock liquidity. Second, in February 2019, the VSE completely terminated the quarterly reporting mandate. Only a few firms abandon quarterly reporting, but about half of firms reduce the scope (i.e., the content) of quarterly reports to varying degrees. We find that firms that terminate or reduce the scope of quarterly reporting the most, experience a significant decrease in stock liquidity. Taken together, our findings suggest that firms carefully trade off the economic benefits of discretionary presentation format, lower reporting frequency and scope against associated economic costs in the form of reduced liquidity.
Keywords: disclosure regulation, reporting frequency, information asymmetry, liquidity, quarterly reporting
JEL Classification: G18, K22, M41, M48
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