The use of capital budgeting and cost of capital estimation methods in Swedish listed companies
2012 (English)In: Journal of Applied Business Research, E-ISSN 2157-8834, Vol. 28, no 6, 1451-1476 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper Swedish listed companies’ use of capital budgeting and cost of capital estimation methods in 2005 and 2008 are examined. The relation between company characteristics and choice of methods is investigated and both within-country longitudinal and cross-country comparisons are made. Larger companies seem to have used capital budgeting methods more frequently than smaller companies. When compared to U.S. and continental European companies, Swedish listed companies employed capital budgeting methods less frequently. In 2005 the most common method for establishing the cost of equity was by asking the investors what return they required. By 2008 CAPM was instead the most utilised method, which could indicate greater sophistication. The use of project risk when evaluating investments also seems to have gained in popularity, while the use of company risk declined. Overall, the use of sophisticated capital budgeting and cost of capital estimation methods seem to be rising and the use of less sophisticated methods declining.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
The Clute Institute , 2012. Vol. 28, no 6, 1451-1476 p.
Research subject Complex Systems – Microdata Analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-12073OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-12073DiVA: diva2:613388