The effect of timeliness and credit ratings on the information content of earnings announcements

Stergios Leventis*, Apostolos Dasilas, Stephen Owusu-Ansah

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Abstract

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of timeliness and credit ratings on the information content of the earnings announcements of Greek listed firms from 2001 to 2008. Using the classical event study methodology and regression analysis, we find that firms tend to release good news on time and are inclined to delay the release of bad news. We also provide evidence that the level of corporate risk differentiates the information content of earnings according to the credit rating category. Specifically, firms displaying high creditworthiness enjoy positive excess returns on earnings announcement dates. In contrast, firms with low creditworthiness undergo significant share price erosions on earnings announcement days. We also observe a substitution effect between timeliness and credit ratings in relation to the information content of earnings announcements. Specifically, we find that as the credit category of earnings-announcing firms improves, the informational role of timeliness is mitigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-289
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of the Economics of Business
Volume21
Issue number3
Early online date10 Sep 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of the Economics of Business on 10/9/14, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13571516.2014.947194

Keywords

  • Athens stock exchange
  • credit ratings
  • earnings announcements
  • information asymmetry
  • timeliness

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