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Does diversification protect European banks' market valuation in a pandemic?

Mathieu Simoens () and Rudi Vander Vennet ()

Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium from Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Abstract: We use the Covid-19 pandemic to assess whether diversification in various dimensions can protect European banks from substantial negative valuation shocks. Our results demonstrate that functional diversification acts as an economically significant shock absorber: it mitigates banks' stock market decline by approximately 10 percentage points. Loan portfolio diversification also contributes to dampening the valuation shock, but with a much lower impact (4.4 percentage points). Geographical diversification fails to act as a shock absorber. Banks with lower pre-Covid systematic risk, higher liquidity buyers, higher cost eficiency and active in countries with better post-Covid growth prospects weathered the storm better.

Keywords: European banks; Covid-19; valuation; functional diversification; geographical diversification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G01 G21 G28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2021-02
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