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The Relation Between SFAS No. 95 Cash Flows From Operations and Credit Risk

Bruce K. Billings and Richard M. Morton

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2002, vol. 29, issue 5‐6, 787-805

Abstract: This study examines the relevance of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 95 operating cash flow disclosures for assessing a primary component of firm risk, namely credit risk. We find that SFAS No. 95 operating cash flows is an important determinant of credit risk, measured by debt ratings, incremental to other profitability and risk–related information. We also find that operating cash flows have a stronger incremental relation to credit risk for firms with a larger proportion of long–term debt and larger firms with lower operating uncertainty. Interestingly, cash flows appear to have less incremental importance for firms in high tech and regulated industries.

Date: 2002
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