Do MD&A Disclosures Help Users Interpret Disproportionate Inventory Increases?

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Yan Sun

Saint Louis University

Date Written: December 1, 2009


This study investigates whether MD&A disclosures have predictive ability for future firm performance in cases of disproportionate inventory increases. Using a sample of 568 manufacturing firms with disproportionate inventory increases, I find that the favorability of explanations for inventory changes in MD&A is positively associated with a firm’s profitability and sales growth in the subsequent three years. I also find that future profitability and sales growth of firms that do not explain disproportionate inventory increases in MD&A fall between those of firms with favorable explanations and firms with unfavorable explanations. These results suggest that the existence of and the favorability of MD&A inventory disclosures help users interpret disproportionate inventory increases and predict future firm performance.

Keywords: MD&A disclosures, inventory increases, firm performance, financial statement analysis

JEL Classification: M41, M45, D82, G14

Suggested Citation

Sun, Yan, Do MD&A Disclosures Help Users Interpret Disproportionate Inventory Increases? (December 1, 2009). AAA 2007 Financial Accounting & Reporting Section (FARS) Meeting, Available at SSRN: or

Yan Sun (Contact Author)

Saint Louis University ( email )

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St. Louis, MO 63108-3397
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