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Shareholder Value Creation: A Definition

Pablo Fernandez

University of Navarra - IESE Business School

November 20, 2015

In this paper, we will define and analyze shareholder value creation. To help us understand this concept better, we will use the example of a listed company, General Electric, between 1991 and 2012.

To obtain the created shareholder value, we must first define the increase of equity market value, the shareholder value added, the shareholder return, and the required return to equity.

A company creates value for the shareholders when the shareholder return exceeds the required return to equity. In other words, a company creates value in one year when it outperforms expectations.

The created shareholder value is quantified as follows:
Created shareholder value = Equity market value x (Shareholder return - Ke)

The created shareholder value can also be calculated as follows:
Created shareholder value = Shareholder value added - (Equity market value x Ke)

We also calculate the created shareholder value of 142 American companies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: Shareholder value creation; Created shareholder value; Increase of equity market value; Shareholder value added; Shareholder return; Required return to equity

JEL Classification: G12, G31, M21

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Date posted: May 30, 2001 ; Last revised: November 22, 2015

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Fernandez, Pablo, Shareholder Value Creation: A Definition (November 20, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=268129 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.268129

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