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Managerial tools used to meet or beat analyst forecasts: Evidence from the UK

Yousuf Khamis Al Mabsali, Robert Hayward and Yasser Eliwa

Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, 2021, vol. 43, issue C

Abstract: This paper examines the tools that managers use to meet or beat analyst forecasts in the post-International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) period, using a sample of UK firms for the period 2005 to 2015. Our results are consistent with the view that managers utilize both classification shifting and managerial guidance to hit analyst forecasts. The results suggest that managers are more likely to continue to exercise their discretion in using these two tools following the adoption of IFRS. This paper supports the argument that managers engage in classification shifting, and IFRS adoption is more likely to increase market demand for more disclosuresthrough managerial guidance. In contrast, there is weak evidence to suggest that real earnings management or accrual earnings management are used to hit analyst forecasts. Our results are expected to be of interest to policymakers, regulators, and external auditors.

Keywords: Earnings management; Managerial tools; Hitting analyst forecasts; Managerial guidance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C53 G17 M1 M4 M41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.intaccaudtax.2021.100383

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