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Readability of Initial Public Offering Prospectus and Earnings Performance

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  • Rachappa Shette

    (Finance, Accounting and Control Area, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode - 673 570, Kerala, India)

  • Sudershan Kuntluru

    (Finance, Accounting and Control Area, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode - 673 570, Kerala, India.)

Abstract

The present study examines the readability of IPO prospectus in relation to short-term earnings performance and long-term earnings surprise. In this study, Fog Index is the measure of IPO prospectus readability. Cross-sectional regression models are applied on 115 IPOs to examine the effect of readability scores on earnings performance and earnings surprise. Based on empirical analysis, we find positive correlation between Fog index and IPO-year earnings performance. In the short-run, IPO-year earnings performance of companies with difficult to read prospectus is higher than that of companies with easy to read prospectus. In the long-run, the earnings surprise for companies with difficult to read prospectus is higher than that of companies with easy to read prospectus. Unlike the existing studies, application of readability index to IPO prospectus and linking it with short-term earnings performance and long-term earnings surprise is the contribution of the study.

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  • Rachappa Shette & Sudershan Kuntluru, 2018. "Readability of Initial Public Offering Prospectus and Earnings Performance," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 8(3), pages 68-74.
  • Handle: RePEc:eco:journ1:2018-03-9
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    Keywords

    Firm performance; Readability; Initial Public Offerings; IPO; India;
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    JEL classification:

    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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