Authors Joel Stern and John Shiely advocate a total revolution in the way companies are valued and measured. They make a convincing case for using EVA ("Economic Value Added") as the primary measure of corporate performance. The authors argue that the SEC’s yardstick for corporate reporting, the "Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures" (GAAP), was designed to protect lenders by depicting a company’s liquidation value. As such, GAAP provides an overly conservative and only marginally accurate picture of financial health. EVA principles - at least according to the consultants who advise companies on using them - evaluate intangible assets more realistically and correspond more closely to stock market performance. getAbstract.com recommends this book to executives who seek improved corporate financial and market performance, and to investors interested in understanding how value is created and maintained.
In this summary, you will learn
- How deficiencies in current GAAP-based corporate reporting rules create inefficiencies in equity markets;
- The definition of Economic Value Added (EVA), a new measure of corporate performance, and
- How EVA can improve the accuracy of corporate reporting by more accurately reflecting the value of intangible assets.
About the Authors
Joel M. Stern , managing partner of Stern Stewart & Co., is a widely published writer and the financial policy columnist for the Sunday Times of London. He serves on the faculties of five graduate business schools worldwide. John S. Shiely, president of Briggs & Stratton, was a tax accountant with Arthur Anderson before he became a lawyer. He joined Briggs & Stratton as general counsel in 1986. Writer Irwin Ross (whom Stern retained to help write this book) was a roving editor for Reader’s Digest. He has written for many magazines, including Fortune and Harper’s, and is a regular contributor to EVAngelist. He has written a number of books, including The Loneliest Campaign, The Image Merchants and Shady Business.