The Cross-Sectional Determinants of Disclosure Timeliness: An Examination of Quarterly Segment Disclosures

Posted: 16 Sep 1996

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Christine Botosan

Financial Accounting Standards Board

Mary Harris Stanford

Texas Christian University - Department of Accounting

Date Written: Undated

Abstract

Using a sample of multisegment firms, we investigate firms' decisions to provide timely disclosure of segment sales and/or profits. Of our sample of 278 firms, 156 disclose segment sales and profits, 44 provide only segment sales, and 78 provide no segment data in their quarterly reports. We find that quarterly segment disclosure is positively related to firm size, analyst following, and leverage. Similar to prior research showing that firms are less likely to disclose operations in less competitive industries as business segments in their annual reports, we find that firms in less competitive industries are less likely to provide quarterly disclosures. Firms with higher past earnings growth rates are also less likely to provide these disclosures. Among firms that provide some segment data in their quarterly reports, we find that as leverage increases the likelihood of limiting disclosures to sales decreases. In addition, as past earnings growth rates increase the likelihood of limiting quarterly disclosures to segment sales increases.

JEL Classification: M41, M45

Suggested Citation

Botosan, Christine and Stanford, Mary, The Cross-Sectional Determinants of Disclosure Timeliness: An Examination of Quarterly Segment Disclosures (Undated). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2749

Christine Botosan (Contact Author)

Financial Accounting Standards Board ( email )

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PO Box 5116
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United States

Mary Stanford

Texas Christian University - Department of Accounting ( email )

M.J. Neeley School of Business
TCU Box 298530
Fort Worth, TX 76129
United States
817-257-7483 (Phone)

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