The Information Content of Funds from Operations (FFO) for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Journal of Accounting and Economics
This paper examines the information content of alternative summary performance measures, using stock returns as the benchmark, for 138 REITs during 1994-1996. This paper tests for both incremental and relative information content of FFO (a voluntarily disclosed, accounting-based performance measure that is the industry standard for REITs) compared to GAAP net income (EPS), cash from operations, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Results indicate that both FFO and EPS consistently provide incremental information content with only weak evidence that EPS has greater relative information content and no evidence for the other summary performance measures.
Vincent, Linda. 1999. The Information Content of Funds from Operations (FFO) for Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Journal of Accounting and Economics. 26(1): 69-104.