The Impact of Corporate Financing Decision on Corporate Performance in the Absence of Taxes: Panel Data from Kuwait Stock Market

World Finance Conference, June 2011

27 Pages Posted: 23 May 2011 Last revised: 12 Jun 2011

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Mohammad Eid Al Mutairi

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Commerce

Helen Hasan

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Commerce

Elizabeth A. Risik

Webster University

Date Written: November 21, 2010

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between financing decisions such as capital structure, capital budgeting techniques and dividend policy along with the firm’s attributes. We examined the impact of industrial sectors and financial performance using the panel data of 80 listed companies in Kuwait. The results of this study suggest that, contrary to the Trade-off Theory of capital structure, there is a negative association between the level of debt and financial performance. This can be attributed to the high cost of borrowing and the underdeveloped nature of the debt market in Kuwait. Given the unique tax environment in Kuwait, using debt does not seem to be sufficient to outweigh the costs of using debt, including the high interest cost.

The empirical findings also show that short-term debt has a significant and negative relationship with both accounting measure of performance ROA, while there is no impact of long-term impact. Because there is an inactive and underdeveloped bond market, firms tend to involve more short-term loans than long-term loans, which lead to the risk of refinancing their debt.

Keywords: Corporate Performance, Capital Budgeting, Capital Structure, Dividend Policy, Debt Maturity, Kuwait

JEL Classification: D7

Suggested Citation

Al Mutairi, Mohammad Eid and Hasan, Helen and Risik, Elizabeth A., The Impact of Corporate Financing Decision on Corporate Performance in the Absence of Taxes: Panel Data from Kuwait Stock Market (November 21, 2010). World Finance Conference, June 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1849272

Mohammad Eid Al Mutairi (Contact Author)

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Commerce ( email )

Northfields Avenue
Wollongong, NSW 2522
Australia

Helen Hasan

University of Wollongong - Faculty of Commerce ( email )

Northfields Avenue
Wollongong, NSW 2522
Australia

Elizabeth A. Risik

Webster University ( email )

470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
United States

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