Using Australian data this paper investigates the information content of losses. We are motivated by the possibility that losses and profits have different associations with share returns because losses are not expected to be permanent. Consistent with the evidence in Hayn (1995), our findings show that share returns do have a lower association with losses. In particular, we extend Hayn (1995) and focus on losses made by financially healthy firms where we provide an explanation for the low ERC for these losses. We are able to find supporting evidence that the low ERC is due to shareholders’ expectations of earnings reversals, thus providing further insight into the relationship between returns and losses.
- EARNINGS RESPONSE COEFFICIENT (ERC)
- EARNINGS REVERSALS
- FINANCIAL HEALTH
- SHAREHOLDER LIQUIDATION OPTION