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Positive (Zero) NPV Projects and the Behavior of Residual Earnings

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  • James A. Ohlson

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This paper analyzes the time-series behavior of residual earnings as it relates to the existence of positive NPV opportunities (or 'rents'). The issue is of interest because many recent papers (e.g., Lo and Lys, 1999; and Holthausen and Watts, 2001) have commented on it in the context of the Ohlson (1995) model. The analysis shows that the Ohlson (1995) model allows for positive NPV opportunities, contrary to the frequently made claims. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd, 2003.

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  • James A. Ohlson, 2003. "Positive (Zero) NPV Projects and the Behavior of Residual Earnings," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 30(1-2), pages 7-16.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jbfnac:v:30:y:2003-01:i:1-2:p:7-16
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    1. Magni, Carlo Alberto, 2009. "Splitting up value: A critical review of residual income theories," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 198(1), pages 1-22, October.
    2. Igor Stubelj, 2010. "Valuation of Slovene Publicly Traded Companies with a Valuation Model Based on Expected Earnings and Growth Opportunities," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 8(1), pages 023-047.
    3. Yoshie Saito, 2012. "The demand for accounting information: young NASDAQ listings versus S&P 500 NYSE listings," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 38(2), pages 149-175, February.
    4. Bård Misund & Petter Osmundsen & Marius Sikveland, 2014. "Vertical Integration and Valuation of International Oil Companies," CESifo Working Paper Series 5061, CESifo Group Munich.
    5. Misund, Bård & Asche, Frank & Osmundsen, Petter, 2008. "Industry upheaval and valuation: Empirical evidence from the international oil and gas industry," The International Journal of Accounting, Elsevier, vol. 43(4), pages 398-424, December.
    6. Misund, Bård, 2015. "Vertical Integration and Value Relevance: Empirical Evidence from Oil and Gas Producers," UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2015/14, University of Stavanger.

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