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Corporate Governance and Value in Brazil (and in Chile)

  • Ricardo Leal
  • André Carvalhal-da-Silva
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    This paper constructs a corporate governance practices index (CGI) from a set of 24 questions that can be objectively answered from publicly available information. The goal is to measure the overall quality of corporate governance practices of the largest possible number of firms. CGI levels have improved over time in Brazil, and an examination of CGI components demonstrates that Brazilian firms perform much better in disclosure than in other aspects of corporate governance. This paper finds very high concentration levels of voting rights leveraged by the widespread use of indirect control structures and non-voting shares. The paper does not find evidence for either entrenchment or incentives in Brazil using ownership percentages, but evidence is found that the separation of control from cash flow rights destroys value. The CGI maintains a positive, significant, and robust relationship with corporate value. A worst-to-best improvement in the CGI in 2002 would lead to a 0. 38 increase in Tobin’s q. This represents a 95 percent increase in the stock value of a company with the average leverage and Tobin’s q ratios. Considering our lowest CGI coefficient, a one-point increase in the CGI score would lead to a 6. 8 percent increase in the stock price of the average firm in 2002. No significant relationship is found between governance and the dividend payout. The results are placed in context by offering a comparative analysis with Chile.

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    Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 3208.

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