Determinants of Capital Structure: Empirical Evidence from Quoted Electrical and Electronic Technology Firms in Nigeria (2010-2015)

Proceedings of the Faculty of Management Sciences' 2016 International Conference, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, 8th-10th November

Posted: 27 Jul 2017 Last revised: 19 Feb 2018

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Nestor Amahalu

Nnamdi Azikiwe University - Department of Accountancy

Mary-Fidelis Chidoziem Abiahu

Nnamdi Azikiwe University - Department of Accountancy

Obi Chinyere

University of Nigeria Enugu Campus

Okika Christian

Nnamdi Azikiwe University

Date Written: November 8, 2016

Abstract

The objective of this is to determine the determinants of Capital Structure with a focus on quoted electrical and electronic technology firms in Nigeria. This study made use of secondary data obtained fact books, annual reports and account of the firms under study. The relevant data were subjected to STATA 13 statistical analysis using Pearson coefficient of correlation and ordinary least square regression. The result of this study revealed that there is a positive and significant relationship between profitability, firm size, non-debt tax shield and Capital Structure (proxied by total debt, long term debt and short term debt). It was also empirically verified that profitability, firm size and non-debt tax shield have a statistically significant effect on Capital Structure of electrical and electronic technology firms quoted on the floor of Nigerian Stock Exchange at 5% level of significance. The study recommends that managers of firms should be cautious when seeking loan advances from the money market. This is more important when considering the appropriate capital mix that optimizes firm value, because a wrong mix may significantly raise their level of operational and financial risks.

Keywords: Capital Structure, Profitability, Leverage

JEL Classification: M40, M41, M50, M51

Suggested Citation

Amahalu, Nestor and Abiahu, Mary-Fidelis Chidoziem and Obi, Juliet and Okika, Elochukwu, Determinants of Capital Structure: Empirical Evidence from Quoted Electrical and Electronic Technology Firms in Nigeria (2010-2015) (November 8, 2016). Proceedings of the Faculty of Management Sciences' 2016 International Conference, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, 8th-10th November. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3007975

Nestor Amahalu (Contact Author)

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Nigeria
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Mary-Fidelis Chidoziem Abiahu

Nnamdi Azikiwe University - Department of Accountancy ( email )

Awka, Anambra 23400
Nigeria

Juliet Obi

University of Nigeria Enugu Campus ( email )

Department of Accountancy
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Enugu, NC Enugu 234
Nigeria

Elochukwu Okika

Nnamdi Azikiwe University ( email )

Department of Accountancy
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Nigeria

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