Corporate Risk Management as a Lever for Shareholder Value Creation

84 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2001

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Söhnke M. Bartram

University of Warwick; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Firm value is influenced in many direct and indirect ways by financial risks which consist of unexpected changes in foreign exchange rates, interest rates and commodity prices. The fact that a significant number of corporations are committing resources to risk management activities is, however, only an indication for the potential of corporate risk management to increase firm value. This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of positive theories and their empirical evidence regarding the contribution of corporate risk management to shareholder value. It is argued that because of realistic capital market imperfections, such as agency costs, transaction costs, taxes, and increasing costs of external financing, risk management at the firm level (as opposed to risk management by stock owners) represents a means to increase firm value to the benefit of the shareholders.

Keywords: Risk management, agency cost, hedging, shareholder value, taxes, transaction cost, derivatives

JEL Classification: G3, F4, F3

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Bartram, Söhnke M., Corporate Risk Management as a Lever for Shareholder Value Creation (undated). WBS Finance Group Research Paper No. 10, Available at SSRN: or

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