American Journal of Business
Prior research established a seven dimension taxonomy of financial ratios. Arguably, advances in business practices, changes in financial reporting standards, and technology have affected the underlying relationships of this taxonomy. This study proposes to identify the extent to which the previously identified relationships have changed, and, if appropriate, to establish an entirely new taxonomy of manufacturing industry financial ratios.
In addition, this study substantially improves and extends prior work in two areas. First, it utilizes advanced statistical methodologies and computing technologies that were unavailable to previous researchers. Second, it investigates not only the current taxonomy of manufacturing industry financial ratios, but also its stability over a recent ten year period.
Our findings indicate that eleven factors now comprise the financial ratio taxonomy. Notably, a separate cash flow factor did not surface in this study as was the case in earlier work; rather, cash flow ratios correlated with accrual-based measures. Finally, our study identified a new current position factor.
Zeller, Thomas; Kostolansky, John; and Bozoudis, Michail. Have Changes in Business Practices and Reporting Standards Changed the Taxonomy of Financial Ratios?. American Journal of Business, 31, 2: 85-97, 2016. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, School of Business: Faculty Publications and Other Works, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/AJB-10-2015-0030
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