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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Corporate financing decisions: UK survey evidence
Authors: Beattie, Vivien
Goodacre, Alan
Smith, Sarah Jane
Contact Email: alan.goodacre@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: capital structure
survey
trade-off theory
pecking order theory
agency theory
institutional differences
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Citation: Beattie V, Goodacre A & Smith SJ (2006) Corporate financing decisions: UK survey evidence, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 33 (9-10), pp. 1402-1434.
Abstract: Despite theoretical developments in recent years, our understanding of corporate capital structure remains incomplete. Prior empirical research has been dominated by archival regression studies which are limited in their ability to fully reflect the diversity found in practice. The present paper reports on a comprehensive survey of corporate financing decision-making in UK listed companies. A key finding is that firms are heterogeneous in their capital structure policies. About half of the firms seek to maintain a target debt level, consistent with trade-off theory but 60% claim to follow a financing hierarchy, consistent with pecking order theory. These two theories are not viewed by respondents as either mutually exclusive or exhaustive. Many of the theoretical determinants of debt levels are widely accepted by respondents, in particular the importance of interest tax shield, financial distress, agency costs and also, at least implicitly, information asymmetry. Results also indicate that cross-country institutional differences have a significant impact on financial decisions.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/10922
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5957.2006.00640.x
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Affiliation: University of Glasgow
Accounting and Finance
Accounting and Finance

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