Dividend forecasts and dividend payments of initial public offerings-when zero means zero and no comment most likely also means zero
Dimovski, William and Brooks, Robert 2005, Dividend forecasts and dividend payments of initial public offerings-when zero means zero and no comment most likely also means zero, Applied financial economics letters, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 139-141.
Managers often try to forecast dividends because as Brown et al. (2002) suggest, dividends have cash flow implications for investors and are important signalling devices. This study analyses the dividend forecasts in the prospectuses of initial public offerings (IPOs) in Australia over the period 1994 to 1999. While many companies forecast dividends, many make no dividend forecast at all and some forecast no (or zero) dividends for the forthcoming year. This paper seeks to determine if no forecast at all should present a different signal to investors than a zero dividend forecast. It is found that those that do not forecast a dividend, by and large, do not pay a dividend. It is also found that those that forecast a zero dividend, true to their forecast, pay no dividend.