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Global financial crisis and capital structure of European firms

Iqbal, Abdullah, Kume, Ortenca (2014) Global financial crisis and capital structure of European firms. In: 6th SAICON Conference 2014, 11-13 Aug 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

World economies experienced a major financial and banking crisis during the first decade of 21st century. This study examines the impact of this financial crisis on capital structure decision of UK, French and German firms. Our results show that overall leverage ratios increase from pre-crisis (2006 and 2007) to crisis (2008 and 2009) years and then decrease in the post-crisis (2010 and 2011) years. Both equity and debt levels changed during the crisis and post-crisis years. Our findings further reveal that firms with lower than industry average capital structure ratios in the pre-crisis period experience a gradual increase in their leverage during crisis and post-crisis periods. However, firms with higher than industry average capital structure ratios in the pre-crisis periods experience a significant decrease in the leverage ratios particularly in the post-crisis period mainly due to changes in their equity levels.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Speech)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Accounting and Finance
Depositing User: Abdullah Iqbal
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 11:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64811 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Iqbal, Abdullah: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3013-1007
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