Seeing is Believing: Analysts’ Corporate Site Visits
57 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2014 Last revised: 21 Dec 2016
Date Written: June 2016
This study examines the impact of corporate site visits on analysts’ forecast accuracy based on a sample of such visits to Chinese listed firms during 2009–2012. We find that analysts who conduct visits (“visiting analysts”) have a greater increase in forecast accuracy than other analysts. Consistent with the notion that site visits facilitate analysts’ information acquisition through observing firms’ operations, we find that the results are stronger for manufacturing firms, firms with more tangible assets, and firms with more concentrated business lines. Moreover, we find that the effect of a site visit is greater when the site visit is an analyst-only visit, when the current visit is preceded by fewer visits, and when visiting analysts are based far from the visited firms. Furthermore, we find that site visits partially mitigate non-local analysts’ information disadvantage. Collectively, these results indicate that site visits are an important information acquisition activity for analysts.
Keywords: Site visits, analyst forecasts, information acquisition activities, local advantage
JEL Classification: M41
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