Accrual Reliability, Earnings Persistence and Stock Prices
65 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2004
This paper extends the work of Sloan (1996) by linking accrual reliability to earnings persistence. We construct a model showing that less reliable accruals lead to lower earnings persistence. We then develop a comprehensive balance sheet categorization of accruals and rate each category according to the reliability of the underlying accruals. Empirical tests generally confirm that less reliable categories of accruals lead to lower earnings persistence and that investors do not fully anticipate the lower earnings persistence, leading to significant security mispricing. We conclude that there are significant costs associated with the recognition of unreliable information in financial statements.
Keywords: Accruals, reliability, earnings persistence, capital markets, market efficiency
JEL Classification: G12, G14, M41, M43
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