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The Enterprise Multiple Investment Strategy: International Evidence

  • Christian Walkshäusl (a1) and Sebastian Lobe (a2)
Abstract

The enterprise multiple (EM) predicts the cross section of international returns. The return predictability of EM is similarly pronounced in developed and emerging markets and likewise strong among small and large firms. An international portfolio of low-EM firms outperforms a portfolio of high-EM firms by about 1% per month. The EM value premium is individually significant for the majority of countries, remains largely unexplained by existing asset pricing models, is robust after controlling for comovement with the respective U.S. premium, and is highly persistent for up to 5 years after portfolio formation, making it a promising strategy for investors.

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*Corresponding author: sebastian.lobe@maine.edu
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