Corporate Failure Prediction Modeling: Distorted By Business Groups' Internal Capital Markets?
Lessius University College; KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
Cynthia Van Hulle
KU Leuven - Department of Applied Economics
Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Vol. 33, No. 5-6, pp. 909-931, June/July 2006
Most models in the bankruptcy prediction literature implicitly assume companies are stand-alone entities. However, in view of the importance of business groups in Continental Europe, ignoring group ties may have a negative impact on predictive reliability. We find that models encompassing both bankruptcy variables defined at subsidiary level and at group level have a substantially better fit and classification performance. Furthermore we find that the group's support causes improved survival chances for subsidiaries, especially when these subsidiaries belong to the group's core business. Overall our results are consistent with existing theoretical and empirical findings from the internal capital markets literature.
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Date posted: August 13, 2006
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