Disagreement Over the Persistence of Earnings Components: Evidence on the Properties of Management-Specific Adjustments to GAAP Earnings
Posted: 12 Dec 2007
We examine disagreement between management and Thomson Datastream over the persistence of earnings components. Using income statement and footnote disclosures, we identify the source and properties of disputed items. Disagreements typically reflect opaque reporting practices (for example, in the case of discontinued operations). Incremental and relative value relevance tests suggest that the majority of management-specific adjustments reflect appropriate classification of earnings components by insiders. Nevertheless, evidence consistent with strategic disclosure does emerge for a subset of management adjustments.
Keywords: Non-GAAP earnings, Transitory items, Disagreement
JEL Classification: M41, M45, G12, C32
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