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Financial distress, relative performance and takeovers as drivers for abnormal accruals

Lookup NU author(s): Julia Zuo, Professor Simon Hussain


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Our article examines abnormal accruals for a large sample of UK firms between 1994 and 2004, standardized so as to control for firm size, profitability, growth, information asymmetry and debt. We find that financial distress, proxied by a bankruptcy prediction model developed for UK firms (Charitou et al., 2004), and profitability relative both to cross-sectional and industry-specific norms, are important determinants of abnormal accruals: this is consistent with Peasnell et al. (2000) and Butler et al. (2004). Our results also confirm the suggestion by Jiraporn (2005) that abnormal accruals for acquired firms do not appear to display a particular 'sign'.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zuo L, Hussain S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Applied Financial Economics Letters

Year: 2008

Volume: 4

Issue: 3

Pages: 183-186

Print publication date: 01/05/2008

ISSN (print): 1744-6546

ISSN (electronic): 1744-6554

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/17446540701630064


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