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Exchange rate movements and firm value: Evidence from European firms across the financial crisis period

Nurul Mozumder (Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)
Glauco De Vita (Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK)
Charles Larkin (School of Business, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
Khine S. Kyaw (Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Article publication date: 14 September 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the sensitivity of firm value to exchange rate (ER) movements, and the determinants of such exposure for 100 European blue chip companies over 2001-2012.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors adopt a disaggregated framework that distinguishes between Eurozone and non-Eurozone firms, and between financial and non-financial firms across the pre-crisis, crisis and post-crisis periods of the recent financial crisis.

Findings

The authors find no significant difference between Eurozone and non-Eurozone, and financial and non-financial firms. Exposure is found to be higher during the financial crisis, across all sub-samples of firms. In the majority of cases the exposure coefficient is significantly positive, indicating that European firms’ stock returns are positively (negatively) affected by depreciation (appreciation) of ERs (indirect quotation).

Practical implications

It is recommended that firms’ financial plans budget for higher liquidity levels in order to build up, during “good times”, a natural hedge for the higher exposure likely to be faced during periods characterized by greater financial distress.

Originality/value

The main novelty lies in the adoption of a disaggregated framework that discriminates between pre-crisis, crisis and post-crisis periods in order to ascertain the extent to which the recent financial crisis affected the relationship in question.

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Acknowledgements

JEL Classification — F31, F23

Citation

Mozumder, N., De Vita, G., Larkin, C. and Kyaw, K.S. (2015), "Exchange rate movements and firm value: Evidence from European firms across the financial crisis period", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 42 No. 4, pp. 561-577. https://doi.org/10.1108/JES-02-2014-0029

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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