Financial Structure of Nigerian Quoted Firms: A Test of Agency Cost Theory

UDEH, Sergius Nwannebuike and NWUDE, E.C and ITIRI, I.O (2016) Financial Structure of Nigerian Quoted Firms: A Test of Agency Cost Theory. International Business Management, 10 (20). pp. 4974-4987. ISSN 1993-5250

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This study examines financial structure on the perceptive of agency cost theory in order to ascertain its impact on the maximization of shareholders’ earnings. A total of 43 non-financial firms over a 12 year period (2001-2012) were randomly selected for the study. The panel data were subjected to pool ordinary least square, fixed effects and random effects regression model to test the hypotheses of the study. The results show that there is a negative and significant impact of financial structure (proxied by total term ratio, long term debt ratio and short term debt ratio) on return on asset. The employment of return on equity as alternative measure of firm performance depicted the implication of asset substitution effect as noted by agency cost theory. The study therefore concludes that debt is valuable in reducing the agency costs of equity in professionally managed firm but at the same time debt is costly as it increase the agency cost of debt.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: GOUNI ICT
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 08:27
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 10:49

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