Analyst coverage and IPO management forecasts

Chatalova, Natalia, How, Janice, & Verhoeven, Peter (2016) Analyst coverage and IPO management forecasts. Journal of Corporate Finance, 39, pp. 263-277.

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Given the all-importance of analyst coverage for IPO firms, we examine the interaction between the initiation of analyst coverage and management forecast disclosure in IPO prospectuses. We find that IPO firms that provide a prospectus forecast are more likely to receive coverage (and earlier), particularly from lower quality analysts. The depth of coverage, measured by the number of analysts issuing a recommendation on the firm, is also greater for forecasters. These results hold after controlling for potential endogeneity due to simultaneity in management decision to provide a forecast and analysts' decision to cover the firm. Further analyses show that reputation concerns matter to analyst coverage decisions — conditional on firms providing a prospectus forecast, the likelihood of receiving coverage decreases with the magnitude of the absolute management forecast error. There is evidence of quid pro quo where the analyst working for the underwriter of the IPO aligns her forecast with the management forecast more than unaffiliated analysts. Insofar as management forecasts are important to coverage decision and analyst coverage is valuable, our research has important implications for strengthening the safe harbour provision for prospectus forecasts in litigious environments such as that in the U.S.

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ID Code: 80408
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Analyst Coverage, Initiations, Timing, Management Forecasts, IPOs
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcorpfin.2016.04.005
ISSN: 0929-1199
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BANKING FINANCE AND INVESTMENT (150200) > Finance (150201)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 22:49
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2016 23:13

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