Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Change in Inventory and Firm Valuation

This study examines the effect of the informativeness of change in inventory of firm valuation. A firm's change in inventory is informative if its percentage change in cost of goods sold is positively and signifcantly associated with its lag one percentage of production added to inventory (a measure of change in inventory). Sample firms are divided into two groups: firms with informative change in inventory, and other firms. Analyses then are performed to examine the association between stock price and earnings. Results consistently show that the association is higher for firms with informative change in inventory. Thus, knowledge on the informativeness of change in inventory is useful for firm valuation.