Value Reporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from Switzerland

Forthcoming, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

62 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2011 Last revised: 30 Jul 2019

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Florian Eugster

Stockholm School of Economics

Alexander F. Wagner

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Swiss Finance Institute

Date Written: July 25, 2019

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".

Keywords: corporate disclosure quality, integrated reporting, firm value, operating performance, value reporting

JEL Classification: G11, G14, M41

Suggested Citation

Eugster, Florian and Wagner, Alexander F., Value Reporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from Switzerland (July 25, 2019). Forthcoming, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1879804 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1879804

Florian Eugster

Stockholm School of Economics ( email )

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Alexander F. Wagner (Contact Author)

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )

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Swiss Finance Institute ( email )

Switzerland

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