Sustainability reporting and market value growth of quoted companies in Nigeria

Sustainability reporting and market value growth of quoted companies in Nigeria

Author by Dr. Babatunde Owolabi

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Financial Reporting And Accounting

Volume/Edition: 194

Language: English

Pages: 39 - 54

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the effect of sustainability reporting on market value growth (MVG) of quoted companies in Nigeria. The corporate reporting system has evolved, and this study examined how it influences the perception of investors.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopted an ex post facto research design with 167 listed firms as the population. A total of 28 quoted firms were chosen with the use of purposive sampling. Data from 2009 to 2018 were obtained from secondary sources. Content analysis was used as a tool to analyse the disclosures in sustainability reports. The model was estimated using pooled ordinary least square (multivariate regression). Company age and financial leverage were used as control variables.

Findings

This study found that the compliance level of the sampled firms with sustainability reporting requirements for the four dimensions are below average, and sustainability reporting does not have a significant effect on MVG with Prob. (F-stat) of 0.7212?>?0.05. Therefore, this study recommends that management should intensify efforts in ensuring maximum compliance with the sustainability reporting guideline of Global Reporting Initiative to reflect in their market value and ensure its growth.


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