We document potential cross-sectional differences in how expected loss accounting will affect provision timeliness to provide important policy insights and contribute to the literature estimating the expected loss model adoption impact and provision timeliness determinants. Our findings that analyst provision forecasts incrementally predict future nonperforming loans (NPLs) and market returns suggest the incurred loss provision does not incorporate all available future loss information. Higher incremental coefficients on provision forecasts for banks with greater unrecognized future losses and incurred loss constraints suggest CECL could affect cross-sectional provision timeliness differences by removing these constraints. Specifically, the provision forecast and future NPL association increases with banks' unconstrained future loss estimates reflected in loan fair value disclosures and incurred loss constraints indicated by heterogeneous loans individually reviewed for impairment. This association also increases with EPS forecast errors but decreases with target price and NPL forecast errors.
Research Article| May 20 2020
What Do Analysts' Provision Forecasts Tell Us About Expected Credit Loss Recognition?
The Accounting Review TAR-2018-0049.
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Anne Beatty, Scott Liao; What Do Analysts' Provision Forecasts Tell Us About Expected Credit Loss Recognition?. The Accounting Review doi: https://doi.org/10.2308/TAR-2018-0049
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