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Firm performance and cost of equity capital: the moderating role of narrative risk disclosure quality in Egypt

Tariq H. Ismail () and Yousra R. Obiedallah ()
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Tariq H. Ismail: Cairo University
Yousra R. Obiedallah: Faculty of Commerce, Sohag University

Future Business Journal, 2022, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-19

Abstract: Abstract This paper aims to examine the moderating effect of the narrative risk disclosure quality on the association between firm performance and the cost of equity capital in the Egyptian setting. Manual content analysis and factorial principal component techniques are used to quantify the quality dimensions of the narrative risk disclosures. The weighted average cost of equity is used to estimate the firms’ costs of equity. A cross-sectional analysis was conducted over three years (2018–2020) for a sample of 73 non-financial firms listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange (EGX100). Multiple OLS regression models are employed to test the hypotheses. The results reveal a negative association between firm performance and the cost of equity and, while such association strengthened when adding the narrative risk disclosure quality as a moderator variable. This suggests that risk disclosure is important to stockholders’ investment decision-making in the Egyptian context. Based on the dearth of literature related to the economic reverberations of narrative risk disclosure quality in emerging economies, this study contributes to the risk reporting literature by providing evidence on the moderating effect of the narrative risk disclosure quality and its reverberations on the firm’s cost of equity capital in one of the emerging economies as Egypt. With regard to the findings of this study, we expect to contribute to the practice and theory by providing new and different insights about the moderating effect of narrative risk disclosure on the association between firm performance and cost of equity capital.

Keywords: Narrative risk disclosure quality; Cost of equity; Firm performance; EGX100; Egypt (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 G12 G30 M41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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