This study examines the value relevance of earnings and Book values derived under the Kuwaiti accounting system that assures a complete compliance with the International Accounting Standards. Using a valuation model provided by Ohlson (1995), the study uses statistical association between stock prices and both earnings and book values to measure value‐relevance of the accounting system. The study also compares the incremental explanatory power of earnings and book values and examines some conditions under which earnings or book values would explain a relatively higher proportion of the variation of stock prices. The results show that earnings and book values jointly and individually are positively and significantly related to stock prices. The incremental information content of earnings is greater than that of book values. Earnings become less value‐relevant and book values more so as firms experience negative earnings. The best fit for the model was obtained for the industrial and food sectors followed by service and financial institutions. Earnings add more to the overall explanatory of the valuation model than book values for financial institutions, services, investments and real estate sectors; whereas book values have superiority only for the industrial sector. The results of our study are generally consistent with the results obtained from U.S. and other developed markets except for the fact that the incremental information content of earnings is greater than that of book values.
El Shamy, M.A. and Kayed, M.A. (2005), "The value relevance of earnings and book values in equity valuation: An international perspective ‐ The case of Kuwait", International Journal of Commerce and Management, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 68-79. https://doi.org/10.1108/10569210580000188Download as .RIS
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