Earnings Management Surrounding Seasoned Bond Offerings: Do Managers Mislead Ratings Agencies and the Bond Market
We study earnings management (EM) efforts surrounding seasoned bond offerings using discretionary current accruals. We find that issuers tend to inflate earnings performance prior to an offering. In order for EM efforts to effectively mislead ratings agencies and the bond market, they must lead to inflated bond ratings and decreased offering yields. Regression results indicate the opposite; aggressive EM efforts are associated with lower initial ratings and higher offering yields. We also find a statistically lower proportion of subsequent downgrades for firms with the most aggressive EM efforts, which is inconsistent with these firms’ inflated initial ratings. While some firms may attempt to mislead ratings agencies and market participants by window-dressing earnings, these efforts appear to be counter-productive.
Corporate Finance | Portfolio and Security Analysis
Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
Cambridge University Press
GATON, Gary L.; CHIYACHANTANA, Chiraphol New; CHUA, Choong Tze; and GOH, Jeremy.
Earnings Management Surrounding Seasoned Bond Offerings: Do Managers Mislead Ratings Agencies and the Bond Market. (2011). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. 46, (3), 687-708. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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