Economic Value Added (R) - Application to Portuguese Public Companies

17 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2002


Economic Value Added (EVA (R)) is a value-based performance measure developed by Stern Stewart & Co. that offers a means of measuring and communicating performance and that may be used in setting performance targets, paying bonus, and valuing capital projects or companies. Based on a survey of Portuguese public companies listed on the Lisbon Stock Exchange, research was carried out on the awareness and the utilization of various performance measures. The results indicate that managers elect performance measures based on net income. Yet more sophisticated measures such as EVA or CFROI are being increasingly adopted. The major contribution of this study is the analysis of the information content regarding Operating Income, Net Income and EVA, based on a sample of 39 Portuguese public companies during the period from 1995 to 1998. The main results suggest that EVA does not have more information content than traditional performance measures in explaining Equity Market Value. The relationship between EVA and Market Value Added (MVA), however, is statistically significant.

Keywords: Economic Value Added, Market Value Added, information content, Portugal

JEL Classification: G39

Suggested Citation

Peixoto, Susana M., Economic Value Added (R) - Application to Portuguese Public Companies. Available at SSRN: or

Susana M. Peixoto (Contact Author)

Moderna University of Porto ( email )

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