The Impact of Forecast Disclosure and Its Accuracy on Equity Pricing: The IPO Perspective
Coauthor(s): Janice C. Y. How.
In a relatively less litigious environment like Australia, it is common to find IPO firms that voluntarily provide forecasts in their prospectus. Using 158 Australian industrial IPOs listed from 1991 to 1997, we examine the impact of the disclosure and accuracy of earnings and dividend forecasts on equity pricing. Our results show that IPO firms' disclosure policy is not related to their initial and long-run valuation. However, the market appears to price managers' ability to forecast: firms with inaccurate earnings and dividend forecasts, especially those that fall short of their forecasts, experience adverse price reactions surrounding the day when the actual figures are released. Our results also show a significant relationship between forecast errors and IPO firms' post-listing performance. Further analysis shows that this relationship is driven mainly by the announcement effect.
Source: Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance
How, Janice C. Y., and Julian Yeo. "The Impact of Forecast Disclosure and Its Accuracy on Equity Pricing: The IPO Perspective." Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance 16, no. 4 (Fall 2001): 401-425.