Institutional investors, financial health, and equity valuation

Dan S. Dhaliwal, Oliver Zhen Li, Hong Xie

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We investigate the relation between institutional ownership, financial health, and the market valuation weights on earnings and the book value of equity. We find that the valuation weight on earnings (book value) increases (decreases) with the level of institutional ownership for profit firms, while that on book value increases with the level of institutional ownership for loss firms. This valuation effect is not subsumed by incorporating current measures of financial health and is mainly driven by institutions with long investment horizons and monitoring incentives. We conclude that the institutional valuation effect is consistent with institutions playing a positive governance role.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-173
Number of pages23
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Equity valuation
  • Financial health
  • Institutional ownership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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