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Title: Economic performance of property companies in Hong Kong
Authors: Hui, E.C.M.
OOI, J.T.L. 
Wong, K.
Keywords: Corporate strategy
Economic value added
Hong Kong
Real estate
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Hui, E.C.M., OOI, J.T.L., Wong, K. (2007). Economic performance of property companies in Hong Kong. Journal of Property Research 24 (2) : 139-157. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper examines the economic performance of 16 property companies in Hong Kong, and how well they do in comparison with Singapore property companies. The results show that Hong Kong property companies that diversified into other sectors appeared to perform better than those focused solely in real estate. Property companies in Hong Kong generally achieved higher rate of returns on their capital invested than Singapore property companies. Government financial assistance for private homeownership is believed to play an important role in the relatively better performance of Hong Kong's companies, particularly after 1997. Meanwhile, firms in Hong Kong are exposed to higher weighted average cost of capital due to higher business risks, in addition to higher interest rate stemmed from a linked exchange rate system. On the whole, property companies in both Singapore and Hong Kong do not perform well from an Economic Value-Added (EVA) perspective, but this does not necessarily mean that they are poorly managed. The empirical results show that the performance of a company is influenced dramatically by profits generated from the sale of non-property assets.
Source Title: Journal of Property Research
ISSN: 09599916
DOI: 10.1080/09599910701440123
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