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A note on the information content of parent company versus consolidated earnings in Finland


  • Jyrki Niskanen
  • Juha Kinnunen
  • Eero Kasanen


Little empirical research has been focused on analysing the information content of consolidated versus parent-only earnings numbers. In most European countries corporate annual reports include parent company statements, whereas in the USA only consolidated financial statements are available to shareholders. Using accounting and market data from thirty-five Finnish listed firms, we examine the information content of consolidated versus parent-only earnings, after controlling for each other. The results show that consolidated earnings are a significant incremental explanatory variable for stock returns, while parent-only earnings are not. The findings suggest that consolidation improves the information content of earnings, and the requirement to disclose parent-only earnings should be based on arguments other than their value-relevance to shareholders.

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  • Jyrki Niskanen & Juha Kinnunen & Eero Kasanen, 1998. "A note on the information content of parent company versus consolidated earnings in Finland," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 31-40.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:euract:v:7:y:1998:i:1:p:31-40
    DOI: 10.1080/096381898336565

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    1. Pascal Dumontier & Bernard Raffournier, 2002. "Accounting and capital markets: a survey of the European evidence," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 119-151.

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