Cash flow disaggregation and the prediction of future earnings

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Accounting and Finance, 2010, 50 (1), pp. 1 - 30
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We examine the incremental information content of the components of cash flows from operations (CFO). Specifically the research question examined in this paper is whether models incorporating components of CFO to predict future earnings provide lower prediction errors than models incorporating simply net CFO. We use Australian data in this setting as all companies were required to provide information using the direct method during the sample period. We find that the cash flow components model is superior to an aggregate cash flow model in terms of explanatory power and predictive ability for future earnings; and that disclosure of non-core (core) cash flows components is (not) useful in both respects. Our results are of relevance to investors and analysts in estimating earnings forecasts, managers of firms in regulators' domains where choice is provided with respect to the disclosure of CFO and also to regulators' deliberations on disclosure requirements and recommendations. © The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 AFAANZ.
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