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Corporate Failure Prediction Modeling: Distorted by Business Groups' Internal Capital Markets?

Nico Dewaelheyns and Cynthia Van Hulle

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2006, vol. 33, issue 5‐6, 909-931

Abstract: Abstract: 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.

Date: 2006
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