Effect of Intellectual Capital on Corporate Valuation of Quoted Pharmaceutical Firms in Nigeria

Abstract

This study examined the effect Intellectual Capital(IC) can affect corporate valuation of firms quoted in Nigeria. The study adopted the Panel Research Design as used Time Series and Cross-Sectional Data. Data covered a ten- year period (2004-2013). Simple Random Sampling was employed in selecting firms for this study.   Data were sourced from the firms’ annual financial statements using content analysis approach. Market valuation data were sourced from the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Intellectual Capital(Independent Variable) was measured using Human Capital Efficiency (HCE), Structural Capital  Eficiency(SCE) and Capital Employed Efficiency (CEE). Market to Book Value Ratio(M/BV) and  Earnings per Share(EPS). The study adopted the Value Added Intellectual Coefficient (VAIC) Model as developed by Pulic(1998) to examine the effect of  Intellectual Capital on  firms’ values. Multiple Regression Correlation Analysis was used on the data at 5% level of significance. E-View Statistical Tool version 8.0  was used in the analysis. The results reveal that Human Capital Efficiency has a positive and significant effect on Market/Book Value. SCE has a negative and insignificant effect on M/BV; CEE has negative and significant effect on M/BV; positive and insignificant effect on EPS. In view of our findings, the study recommends that companies should invest substantial part of their earnings on human capital via knowledge development as such investments are capable of stimulating the value creation potentials of their staff and can get investors  place higher premium on them.

Keywords: Corporate Valuation, Intellectual Capital, Nigeria, Pharmaceutical Firms


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