Does managerial reluctance of dividend cuts signal future earnings?

James Juichia Lin*, Cheng Few Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In this study, we develop alternative dividend stickiness measures as a proxy for managerial reluctance to cut dividends and investigate the information content of dividend stickiness. We find that firms with stickier dividend payout have greater earnings persistence, earnings growth, and pricing multiples on earnings. Further analysis shows that the signaling effect of dividend stickiness on future earnings is more pronounced for firms with less catering incentives to avoid dividend cuts. Our results suggest that dividend stickiness has incremental explanation over dividend payout for signaling future earnings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalReview of Quantitative Finance and Accounting
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Catering theory
  • Dividend stickiness
  • Earnings persistence
  • Signaling theory

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