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Operating cash flow asymmetric timeliness in Australia

Meiting Lu, Yaowen Shan, Sue Wright and Yimeng Yu

Accounting and Finance, 2020, vol. 60, issue S1, 587-627

Abstract: Operating cash flow (CFO) asymmetric timeliness occurs when CFO reflects bad news more quickly than good news. We examine the presence and determinants of CFO asymmetric timeliness in Australia, where substantial differences in reporting requirements of cash flow components, in characteristics of listed companies and in the degree of conservative financial reporting produce contrasting findings to those in the United States. We find supportive evidence for the novel ‘sticky cost behaviour’ explanation and also the product‐pricing strategy, but not the life cycle hypothesis. These findings are useful for investors and analysts concerned with forecasting the future values of companies.

Date: 2020
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