managed earnings

Managed Earnings

The practice of the managers of a company performing any action that misrepresents the company's financial health. The practice of managed earnings may include falsely inflating stock prices by improperly reporting income, failing to capitalize expenses, hiding losses in subsidiaries, or prematurely recognizing revenue. See also: Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Aggressive accounting.

managed earnings

Corporate earnings that have been manipulated in order to produce a desired result. Earnings can be managed utilizing a variety of both acceptable and questionable accounting methods. For example, a company might time gains and losses from asset sales in order to produce steadily rising earnings.
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Among the many beneficiaries of well managed earnings are income to fund the establishment of national child development centers.
Even if the larger managed earnings signal the firm's attractive investment opportunities (Linck et ah, 2013), creditors are less likely than stockholders to benefit from them as their payments are fixed and the new investment returns are uncertain.
In terms of market performance, he found that companies that artificially managed earnings were able to attract investors; however, in the long run, the market identified the procedure, pricing this practice and penalizing shares with worse cumulative performance.
For instance, highly managed earnings can yield low-quality earnings (Lo, 2008, pp.121-151), as the "artificial" information may lead to an incorrect decision.
They found that small companies managed earnings to avoid losses more frequently than large companies (Lee & Choi, 2002).
Sloan (1996), in the naive investor model, suggests "that investors 'fixate' on earnings, failing to distinguish fully between the different properties of the accrual and cash flow components of earnings." This view predicts that investors respond to the managed earnings, which contains abnormal accruals, as if this level of earnings would persist in the future.
This is based on the tailwinds of managed earnings and a US Fed that is reluctant to end the easy money despite the obvious need to do so.
We find that firms who managed earnings before the adverse event had less negative reaction to the adverse event than those who did not.
H1: Unregulated companies managed earnings and net assets to appear to be a more favorable investment.
In addition, many contracting incentives are tied directly or indirectly to earnings based measures which also provide strong incentives for managed earnings.
If earnings are managed through Sales Revenues, then the Jones Model will remove part of the managed earnings from the discretionary accruals.
Only 1,259 (43%) of 2,931 firms managed earnings by choosing income decreasing reserve account changes.
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