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Do investors value smooth performance?

  • Rountree, Brian
  • Weston, James P.
  • Allayannis, George
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    This paper presents empirical evidence that cash-flow volatility is negatively valued by investors. The magnitude of the effect is substantial with a 1% increase in cash-flow volatility, resulting in approximately a 0.15% decrease in firm value. We show that this increase, however, is not associated with earnings smoothing resulting from managers' accrual estimates. Our results are consistent with a preference by the market for less volatile cash flows and suggest that managers' efforts to produce smooth financial statements add value, but only via the cash component of earnings.

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    Volume (Year): 90 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 237-251

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