Journal article

The Predictive Ability of Quarterly Financial Statements

Hui Zhou, Worapree Ole Maneesoonthorn, Xiangjin Bruce Chen

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FINANCIAL STUDIES | MDPI | Published : 2021

Abstract

A fundamental role of financial reporting is to provide information useful in forecasting future cash flows. Applying up-to-date time series modelling techniques, this study provides direct evidence on the usefulness of quarterly data in predicting future operating cash flows. Moreover, we show that the predictive gain from using quarterly data is larger for asset-heavy industries and industries with higher levels of earnings smoothness. This study contributes to the accounting literature by examining the usefulness of quarterly financial statements in predicting the realization of future cash flows. Our results help fill the gap in knowledge on quarterly financial statements and provide new..

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