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Are all dividends created equal? Australian evidence using dividend‐increase track records

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  • David Michayluk
  • Karyn Neuhauser
  • Scott Walker

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Recent research indicates that the signal sent by a dividend change is more powerful for longer histories of unchanged dividends. We study the dividend history of Australian firms to investigate whether the signalling power of a dividend increase varies with the frequency of repetition. We find that the first three consecutive dividend increases are associated with significantly positive abnormal returns, and subsequent increases are generally not significant, even after controlling for the interaction effect with the simultaneously announced earnings information. Our results support the hypothesis that repeating a dividend increase eventually leads to a reputation for further increases and weakens the value of subsequent increases as a means of disseminating management's private information.

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  • David Michayluk & Karyn Neuhauser & Scott Walker, 2019. "Are all dividends created equal? Australian evidence using dividend‐increase track records," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 59(4), pages 2621-2643, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:acctfi:v:59:y:2019:i:4:p:2621-2643
    DOI: 10.1111/acfi.12303
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    1. Yoonsoo Nam & Scott J Niblock & Elisabeth Sinnewe & Keith Jakob, 2018. "Do corporate directors ‘heap’ dividends? Evidence on dividend rounding and information uncertainty in Australian firms," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 43(3), pages 421-438, August.
    2. Michael Dempsey & Abeyratna Gunasekarage & Thanh Tan Truong, 2019. "The association between dividend payout and firm growth: Australian evidence," Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, vol. 59(4), pages 2345-2376, December.

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