The Multinational Return Premium: Investor's Perspective
64 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2017 Last revised: 11 Apr 2017
Date Written: April 10, 2017
Using monthly returns of 18,996 U.S. stocks over 1973-2015 and 23,965 stocks in 22 countries over 1990-2015, we find that multinational companies earn significantly higher monthly returns than domestic companies by 23bps per month. We further investigate whether the return difference is driven by risk factors or known asset-pricing anomalies, and we find that none of them can fully explain the return premium of multinationals. The magnitude of the multinational return premium depends on the location of foreign operations. The return premium is more prominent for multinationals operating in countries with lower GDP growth, lower private credit, lower R&D export, higher labor cost, and greater geographic distance.
Keywords: multinational companies, international diversification, returns
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G15
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