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Managing Earnings Surprises in Japan: Perspectives from Main Bank Relationships and Institutional Ownership

Bok Baik and Wooseok Choi

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2010, vol. 37, issue 5-6, 495-517

Abstract: In this study, we examine the impact of main bank relationships and institutional ownership on management's incentives to meet or beat analysts' expectations in Japan. We hypothesize that close main bank relationships reduce managers' incentives to meet or beat analysts' expectations since investors place less weight on the need to achieve capital market-based performance benchmarks. Consistent with our prediction, we find that firms with close main bank relationships are less likely to meet or beat analysts' expectations. In contrast, we find that the incidence of meeting or beating analysts' consensus forecasts is greater for firms with institutional shareholders, suggesting that such investors place greater importance on achieving capital market-based performance benchmarks. Overall, our findings support the notion that banks and institutional investors play a significant role in firms' financial reporting behavior. Copyright (c) 2009 The Authors Journal compilation (c) 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Date: 2010
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