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Valuation of European firms during the Russia-Ukraine war

Bougias, Alexandros and Episcopos, Athanasios and Leledakis, George N. (2022): Valuation of European firms during the Russia-Ukraine war. Forthcoming in: Economics Letters

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Abstract

We infer the asset value dynamics of European firms during the Russia-Ukraine war via the structural model of Merton (1974). Using high-frequency stock price data, we find that the war led to lower corporate security prices and higher asset volatility, eventually shifting asset values closer to the default region. On average, the balance sheet of European firms is expected to shrink by 2.05% and their 1-year default probability to increase from 0.32% to 2.12%. Regression analysis on asset and equity returns as well as default probability changes suggests that these effects are stronger for firms with large revenue exposure to Russia.

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