Intangible Value

68 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2020 Last revised: 13 May 2022

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Andrea L. Eisfeldt

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Edward T. Kim

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Dimitris Papanikolaou

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: November 2020

Abstract

Intangible assets are absent from traditional measures of firm value despite their growing importance in firms' capital stocks. We propose a simple improvement to the classic Fama and French (1992, 1993) value factor that incorporates intangibles and addresses differences in accounting practices across industries. Our intangible value factor prices assets as well as or better than the traditional value factor but yields substantially higher returns. This outperformance holds over the entire sample period, including in more recent decades during which value has underperformed. We show that the intangible value factor sorts more effectively within industries on productivity, profitability, financial soundness, and on other valuation ratios such as price-to-earnings.

Suggested Citation

Eisfeldt, Andrea L. and Kim, Edward T. and Papanikolaou, Dimitris, Intangible Value (November 2020). NBER Working Paper No. w28056, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3727132

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Edward T. Kim

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Dimitris Papanikolaou

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management - Department of Finance ( email )

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