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Value Reporting and Firm Performance


Eugster, Florian; Wagner, Alexander F (2020). Value Reporting and Firm Performance. Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, 40:100319.

Abstract

Proponents of the concept of "value reporting" emphasize the idea that it may be in firms’ interest to provide investors and other stakeholders with a holistic picture of their value generation activities. The basic idea is that by explaining more clearly how and why value is created in the company, especially by considering the interplay of financial and non-financial value drivers, management will enhance its own understanding of the value generation process. This, in turn, enables management to make better operating decisions in the future. Using a 10-year panel of Swiss firms, we document that firms with better value reporting quality deliver better future operating performance and obtain greater economic value added. They also exhibit higher valuation ratios. These results hold when controlling for industry-year fixed effects as well as with two instrumental variables approaches. These findings also shed light on the potential value generation benefits of "integrated reporting".

Abstract

Proponents of the concept of "value reporting" emphasize the idea that it may be in firms’ interest to provide investors and other stakeholders with a holistic picture of their value generation activities. The basic idea is that by explaining more clearly how and why value is created in the company, especially by considering the interplay of financial and non-financial value drivers, management will enhance its own understanding of the value generation process. This, in turn, enables management to make better operating decisions in the future. Using a 10-year panel of Swiss firms, we document that firms with better value reporting quality deliver better future operating performance and obtain greater economic value added. They also exhibit higher valuation ratios. These results hold when controlling for industry-year fixed effects as well as with two instrumental variables approaches. These findings also shed light on the potential value generation benefits of "integrated reporting".

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Accounting
Social Sciences & Humanities > Finance
Language:English
Date:1 September 2020
Deposited On:11 Feb 2021 07:15
Last Modified:12 Feb 2021 21:00
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1061-9518
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intaccaudtax.2020.100319
Related URLs:https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1879804 (Organisation)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1061951820300203 (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:9203

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