Properties of Implied Cost of Capital Using Analysts’ Forecasts
Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 36, No. 2, 2011
26 Pages Posted: 5 May 2011 Last revised: 17 Aug 2012
Date Written: May 3, 2011
We evaluate the influence of measurement error in analysts’ forecasts on the accuracy of implied cost of capital estimates from various implementations of the ‘implied cost of capital’ approach, and develop corrections for the measurement error. We document predictable error in the implied cost of capital estimates resulting from analysts’ forecasts that are sluggish with respect to information in past stock returns. We propose two methods to mitigate the influence of sluggish forecasts on the implied cost of capital estimates. These methods substantially improve the ability of the implied cost of capital estimates to explain cross-sectional variation in future stock returns, which is consistent with the corrections being effective in mitigating the error in the estimates due to analysts’ sluggishness.
Keywords: implied cost of capital, earnings forecasts, expected returns, analysts’ forecasts
JEL Classification: G12, M41, G29, G31, G32
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